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Picture of Distance Learning in Nigeria

Distance Education has been accepted worldwide as a valid alternative to the conventional face-to-face learning. The only difference here is that students and teachers share a physical distance, often bridged by various modern communication techniques.

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Distance learning in Nigeria, Africa is comparatively new. But, Nigerian government has taken some worthy steps to give distance education every sort of infrastructural support, so that it can meet up with the huge demand for formal education in the country. To this end, it has started some distance learning institutions as well. Some of the names are the National Open University  of Nigeria (NOUN), the National Teachers Institute (NTI) etc.

Educational Goals of Nigeria

Education has always been prioritised in Nigeria as an instrument of mass empowerment. Pursuit of educational achievement, therefore, has been one of the paramount focuses here.  The national objectives of Nigerian education also aim at, as described in the National Policy on Education (2004) integrating individuals into sound and effective citizens. The overall “objectives of Nigerian Education” address:

  • Projection of right set of values and attitude for proper developments of individual as well as society.
  • Developments of both physical and mental abilities, skills and competencies for preparing individuals to enrich the society.
  • Proper acquisition of balanced and relevant knowledge about local and international technology (NPE, 2004)

Distance Learning Fits Best around the Goals

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To these aims, programmes and educational structures are tremendously growing to the objectives with distance learning in Nigeria.  Distance education can be conceptualised as one of the many organised educational experience employing multiple approach like audio/video broadcasts, internet-based, print, teleconferencing as well as face-to-face teaching-learning. The main benefit of this system is that with teachers physically distant most of the time from the learners, a large number of learners can be taught with a limited number of teachers. This leads to a cost-reduced education, required very much for humble economies like Nigeria.

Real Benefits Distance Learning Offers

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Following the expert views of Oguntimehin and Adeyemi (1999:200), Fagbamiye (1999) and Chandler (1991) in defining distance education and open learning, we can indeed say that Distance education (as well as, open learning) is a self-paced learning process wherein the student can frame his own time-table according to the time at his disposal. This makes it possible for the people employed in full-time jobs, house wives with numerous household chores and youths waiting for employment to carry on education at their leisure available to them”.

Valid Alternative to Traditional Education

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In a nutshell, distance learning can essentially be addressed as a systematic educational process going outside the traditional conceptions of schooling. With the improved employment of internet distance learning even becomes a non-contiguous communication between teacher and student, having an unlimited opportunity to cultivate knowledge. Online distance learning in Nigeria shows exceptionally high degree of interactivity between student and teacher, which can even transport education before rural people and isolated communities.

The Office of Technology Assessment gives emphasis on the utility of interaction, and with online distance learning the opportunity becomes unlimited. With online learning, students can feel the classroom atmosphere even as they are physically present there. This sort of communication revolution makes virtual classroom an experience that denies any deficiency in interactivity, and thereby produced gap in learning.

With such positive aspects online distance education offers, people of Nigeria as well as people all over the world should readily take up the benefits of it. Nonetheless, this mode of learning is relatively new in Nigeria. People here should get aware of its enormous merits fast, so that they can be equally benefited as the people where distance education is already popular.

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Distance Learning: A Convenient Way of Earning Degrees

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Education is very important and integral to our lives these days as without it we will not get good jobs and therefore, won’t be able to lead good lives. The job market has become extremely competitive these days and an undergraduate degree is the minimum requirement to get a job with a decent salary. However, many students can’t study after high school for various reasons. Some students may have financial difficulties due to which they have to work to support themselves and their families. Some students live in countries that do not support higher studies as their educational infrastructure is weak.

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However, with the advancement of technology, now almost everybody who is keen on learning can continue their studies even after high school. Through distance learning many academic dreams can come true without compromising on much. Many world renowned universities are providing these distance learning courses to students all around the globe. UK universities are lending out a helping hand to many students around the world through online education.

Many students are taking up distance learning from UK universities through online programmes. These online courses have many advantages like:

They Let You Study At Your Own Convenience

These courses are tailor made for people who are busy but are keen on studying. Compared to traditional college courses where one has to attend lectures at fixed times, these courses are much more flexible and allow you to study whenever you have time. So, you can listen to a lecture even after midnight and study accordingly, if that’s what suits you. You can plan your studies according to your life instead of planning your life according to your studies.

They Let You Work As You Learn

As these online programmes are part time you do not have to give up your job. You can work full time and study when you get time before or after work. However, if you studied a traditional course you would have to quit your job and finish your course. This way, you get to earn your working experience as well as your degree.

You Get To Save Money

These online courses are less expensive than traditional courses and they also help you save on the extra expenses like food, lodging and conveyance as you get to study from the comfort of your own home.

Online courses help students achieve their lifetime goals and work towards a better future. As they earn themselves a degree, they also get better paying jobs.

Online Education and its Role in the Development of a Generation

Despite this being the second decade of the new millennium, education is a myth for many countries across the world. This is especially true in the case of higher education and specialised studies. In addition to the absence of a holistic educational system, there are many educational myths that cause more harm than good. An example of this is the strong bias against distance education. With the arrival of the internet and the World Wide Web, education was now available in the most remote areas, the most war torn countries, the most underdeveloped sections of society, but this mythical bias left few takers. Thankfully, many educators across the globe are working to dispel any wrong notions about studying online.

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The usual suspects, when it comes to criticizing online education, are the following:

Out of all these, none of them are true anymore. Course materials are being developed by the best and the brightest educators at universities that rank as the best centres of education in the world; exams are either open book or proctored and various other methods of assessments like reports and papers are a must; students can now associate with other students (via social media) across the globe and develop an international educational support system while teachers are available on audio or video chat and through e-mails. And the last stereotype about employers couldn’t be farthest from the truth. In fact, employers encourage existing employees to enhance their knowledge by studying online.

Once one can look past these misconceptions about online education, one will be able to see how immensely helpful it is and how it can become the educational backbone of developing nations and bring them at par with other nations. For example, think of Nigeria. A country steeped in political turmoil and social unrest, its education system has been unable to provide a quality education to those who want to pursue higher academics with the intention of bettering their lives. Those that have access to the internet can find details about the online courses conducted by renowned universities. Armed with a global degree, students of such courses would have the capacity to not only change their own lives, but the lives of others around them. It could lead to the birth of a new generation that can work towards the development of its country.

Exploring Nigeria’s Education System for Progress of Society

The past few years have witnessed considerable progress in Nigeria’s education system. Here, the education system is supervised by the state. It is an impressive educational structure that has been making a steady growth with superior progress in primary, secondary and higher educational system. As a whole, the country is significantly contributing to the various sectors of the society for its overall expansion.

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Some facts about Nigeria’s Education Structure

  • Nigeria’s present literacy rate is 72%, which is ever-rising.
  • The country boasts of 27 federal and state-owned polytechnics
  • Primary education level spans over 6 years, which is mandatory

The Present Scenario

With a reasonable number of state colleges, universities and school; the country’s local and state governments manage and administer the primary and secondary level of education. Higher education is the responsibility of both federal and state government. However, as part of formal educational system, the major points are as follows.

  • 6 years of primary schooling
  • 3 years of junior level secondary schooling
  • 3 years of senior level secondary schooling
  • 4 years of university level education, directing to a bachelor’s degree in almost all the subjects

How Education is the Reason of Progress for the Society?

The above structure is productively designed to the contribution in different sectors for an evolving societal system. A few decades back, the introduction of primary and higher education in marked the benchmark for remarkable progresses in fields of employment, production and revenue growth. The technique triggered impressive progress of the society as a whole that brought about great economic boost. Today, Nigeria is developing towards huge progress with education being the prime basis of foundation.

How is Open learning contributing to the society?

Open learning is referred to policies and practices that enable learning with minimum barriers with no restriction of gender, age and time, however, with recognition of prior learning. Since the introduction of open learning in the country, there has been noteworthy progress with access of education becoming easy. This particular mode of education can accommodate the diverse educational and learning styles thus rendering access to normally inaccessible and remote areas by under-represented groups in the society.

Distance Learning in the Context of the Nation’s Growth

Open learning is synonymous to distance learning, which is accomplished over the internet. Many students and professional enthusiasts access distance learning through the online medium, which holds many advantages like flexibility, quality and good value for money. The system brings many underprivileged aspirants under the scanner thus rendering impetus to their contribution and ensuring economic growth. Today, Nigeria is striding ahead with super-fast advancement in industries that is by increasing employment and rooting financial stability of the nation.

Hence, Online Learning in Nigeria and the overall educational structure are designed to enlighten the nation’s population with determination and objective to contribute productively to the society for great progress.

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Internet is the modern Messiah for Education

The technological progression is always on the go and is always looking forward to come up with new inventions for the benefits of the people. And the most useful technological product is computer as with this amazing gadget people can carry out all sorts of work. In third world countries like Nigeria people find it quite difficult to earn higher degree qualification and this is one main reason why most of them prefer doing their bachelor or master degree courses online.

In Nigeria though there are colleges and universities, most of them are not that up to mark like those in the UK. They are still in the process to become more refine and standard so that students can obtain reputed degrees that will help them to enhance their career in future. But with the invention of internet people have access to thousands of things all over the world. Internet is like god for the people.

People are able to get hold of a lot of things jut at one click that would have not been possible if internet did not exist. Well you must be aware of:

  • What internet is all about?
  • How did it come into existence?
  • What makes it the modern messiah for education?

The history of the Internet began with the development of electronic computers in the 1950s. The public was first introduced to the Internet when a message was sent from computer science Professor Leonard Klein rock’s laboratory at University of California, Los Angeles, after the second piece of network equipment was installed at Stanford Research Institute. This connection not only enabled the first transmission to be made, but is also considered to be the first Internet backbone.

Internet is one such essential tool that it is used for different kinds of functions related to education. Some of the educational function carried out by internet is as follows:

  • Helps to learn or study
  • Find study materials or resources
  • Do a full time course through internet which is known as online course
  • Internet helps one to remain connected with others better known as networking

So for a country like Nigeria having access to internet is indeed a blessing as they can fulfill their desire of obtaining a degree from UK at a reasonable cost. And most of the people of Nigeria aspire to do their studies from UK and hence opting for UK online study is the best choice  for them. Here is a depiction of the topic through an awesome info-graphic.

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