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Technology In Education: Enhancing The Level Of Teaching And Learning Practice

Education Technology- a topic which seems to remain the most discussed in the year 2016. Ed-techs has created the wider opportunity to access education with online learning. With mobile devices, computer system and the internet any human on the earth can learn anything. With so much convenience to learning, one cannot miss out the opportunity to learn. And why not acquire new or update knowledge which will help us in our future course. Besides, people learn about how techs in education work. This gives them the idea of trending techs and how to operate them. Read on.

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What is Ed-Tech?

Education Technology is used to facilitate education and enhancing the performance of the students by designing and deploying and employing and managing suitable technological procedures and measures. Many might say it differently. For them, ed-tech are used as apps, software and latest tools to improve education i.e to enhance teaching and learning practice.

Techs Bridges Learning

Technology has greatly helped to make way for the new form of education i.e online learning. It has allowed learners across the world to connect to the institute from any place of the globe. Irrespective of their financial background students can access whatever they want to learn. However, one should have learning gadget and internet to log into online course programme. The number of mobile devices users has significantly increased. And is expected to grow further. Particularly the number of smartphone users have exploded. The mobile and education technology have created amazing scope for learning. Today, online learners learn via smartphones and other mobile devices.

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Students with their user id and password, provided by the online learning facilitator (college or university), log in to the take education. Besides, to make learning simplified there are apps. Many online learning facilitators provide apps to their students. These apps are designed in such manner that everything that students need are available at their fingertips. This way ed-tech connects learner living hundred and thousands of miles away with the college and university. Basically, now it has become the bridge between the learner and learning.

How Ed-Tech Have Innovated Learning?

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The technology was always there in education before. There was time when students learnt about computers. There was the computer system in the class labs. As technology advanced the concept of learning with machines have entered the classroom. Today, there are many schools and higher institutes which have adopted latest techs to make classroom learning engaging. They have also adopted blended learning also termed as hybrid learning. This includes some portion of the classroom learning and some online. This way students remain engaged with both traditional and the new format of education i.e e-learning. And yes there is pure online learning which totally is web and digital-based learning where entire learning takes place at e-learning platform. This was technology in education have innovated new elements in the modern learning.

Walking Into Future

The way techs have surrounded human life it’s not difficult to guess that we have already entered into the digital world. In education, too, technology has been adopted to enhance its standard. Considering all the developments and aspects it cannot be ruled out that techs wave made learning system advanced and futuristic.

So what do you think about the issue of educating special students in Africa? Share your valuable insights with me.

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Mobile Phones – Are They Transforming Education In Africa?

How Mobile Phones Are Transforming Education In Africa

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Access to quality education is one of the biggest challenges across Africa. Several students, who wish to study a university degree, are unable to achieve their academic dreams. 18 year old Lesego, who resides in a remote village in Botswana found it nearly impossible to travel to her nearest university located many hundred miles away towards the eastern region of the country. Moreover, relocation was not an option for her either. However, still she is pursuing higher education directly from the convenience of her own home. How?

Mobile Phone eLearning

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Lesego is studying online, but not from a computer or laptop. As her family cannot afford a computer and the electricity supply in the region faces frequent outages, She is learning on her new smartphone that offers her instant access to the Internet and a wide array of online courses. Most of the courses are developed and offered by leading and reputed universities worldwide.

Does it sound too good to be true? This might be an imaginary situation, but our educators and policymakers are now gearing up to turn this into a reality for aspiring learners who live in such conditions. Mobile phone ownership across Africa is rising as a result of reducing cost and shortage of fixed phone line connections. It is now revolutionising every aspect of African lives from healthcare and banking to politics and agriculture. Now it’s time to transform education. However, the probabilities are being hyped to some extent.

Transforming education 

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 In the previous year, CNN announced that mobile technology has “immense” potential which can revolutionise “dysfunctional educational system” in Africa “as mobile phones, cheaper to own and easier to run than PCs, gain ground as tools for delivering teaching content”.

This successfully caught the focus of the international development community. Back in 2011, the Mobile for Education for Development ( m4Ed4Dev) event was organised by the US Agency for International Development and Stanford University. This round-table discussion was held to find out how mobile devices can be used to improve education in developing nations. Moreover, the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) published a report titled Turning on Mobile Learning: In Africa and the Middle East.

UNESCO recently hosted the 2nd annual Mobile Learning Week conference where experts explored the potential of mobile learning in helping the “Education for All” goals. Smartphones are already being used for enhancing teacher training and and also to boost communication between educators and university students. However, can mobile phones actually improve access to quality higher education in a significant way?

Potential of mobile technology

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  At present, there are more mobile phone users in Africa than in the US. In 2014, it was found that there were more than 650 million people with a mobile phone subscription in Africa. As per a 2012 report by GSMA, sub-Saharan Africa has over 475 million mobile connections, compared to only 12.3 million fixed phone line connections. So, it is highly possible that smartphones can bring about the necessary change which the African education system needs.

Steve Vosloo, senior project officer at UNESCO mobile learning division for teacher development and higher education, said “Mobile phones are having a profound impact on so many levels of society in Africa – communication, banking, entertainment. In terms of access, it is like no other ICT before. Obviously radio and television are huge, and play a massive role, but they are broadcast media, whereas mobile technology is an interactive medium. In terms of uptake it has massively surpassed PCs, so we feel that it warrants particular attention.”

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Students’ Learning Style Plays a Crucial Role in Online Education

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According to a study conducted in the month of January, about 52 percent of more than 1000 adults, who took part in the survey, said that they believe hands-on training is the best learning way.

On personal note, when I took the online master’s program in English, most of my time was spent on reading, reading, a test and more reading.

But when I look back, I wish I had chosen a program that put more emphasis on video tutorials, interaction with fellow students and recorded lectures.

Being a strong reader, I was able to achieve the degree but for someone who believes in interactive experience, the learning process might be painful, as such courses do not offer any hands-on experience.

The 2014 Learning in America survey reveals that majority of the adult population today believe in a more interactive approach to learning.

The study was commissioned by Everest College and released in the month of January. It was found that about 52 percent of above 1000 adults surveyed believed that hands-on-training is the best learning method. The next most popular learning option was watching visual presentations while textbook reading, collaborative study, watching videos, learning through teaching others, using the internet and listening to a lecture followed as other popular options.

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According to John Swartz, regional director of career services for Everest College, a for-profit institution managed by Corinthian Colleges Inc, “What this survey is showing is people crave interactivity and engagement,” 

However, it is not clear if the online programs are receiving the message.
Ideally, most online learning programs are designed to serve a wide range of learning styles and preferences, such as integrating different media tools like video chats, white board demonstration, podcasts and films alongside reading.

Vernon C. Smith, special consultant to the provost for online education programs at Mount St. Mary’s College, says that the ideal world is a far-fetched dream, as only a few colleges are using all the learning tools at their disposal.

He further adds, “Most institutions are not at that level of reflection. For a while it was just ‘Get your course online’ because the demand was so high. Now we are getting into a new era of sophistication for students. It’s not just about accessibility – it’s about the quality of the experience.”

I advise prospective students to do their research well before time to ensure the needful experience, as not all online programs serve to the learning preferences of everyone.

While visual learners should make sure that their courses incorporate video, learners who believe in interpersonal interaction should ensure of lots of engagement with fellow students.

Before choosing the particular program, learners should understand its strengths. A large number of institutions today offer orientation programs to let students understand the courses beforehand. Good institutions allow students to understand the technology involved in the education process so they can know all about the lessons.

Some students already enrolled in online courses regret not doing more research into the program to make sure that the material was given to them in different ways. Though the courses are very engaging and cater to various learning preferences but the heavy reading and light interaction leave them unimpressed.

However, even if the class is not well-suited to the learning style, students should not lose their all hope. Dedicated students make their own road to success even in the most taxing circumstances.

Hence, prospective online learners should research well and sign up for the course only when they are satisfied that it suits their learning style.

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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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Nigerian Students can Now Exploit Multi-Beneficial Online Courses through UK Universities

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Online education has been the saviour amidst every sort of educational crisis.  Especially, when career-oriented leaning to be addressed, online learning earns a good reputation for itself.  For a number of factors getting simplified with this online mode of education, universities are rapidly developing multiple varieties of online courses. As well, a huge number of students are making congregations around this online university programmes with the aim of gaining experiential learning and attracting employers’ attention more persuasively.

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The reason behind online education becoming so enormously popular is people’s fondness to go with the trend. The advancement of technology has prepared human mind to do a work technologically, with maximum outcome fetched out of minimum effort given. For this predominant attitude powerfully present among people, traditional methods of education in so-called brick and mortar institutions are fast becoming obsolete and to complement them is emerged the technology-based online education. Over the time online learning has earned huge public confidence on account of its efficacy to impart knowledge so swiftly and engage the students to understand the applied aspects of every subject taught.

Online Courses Reign

 

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In spite of the dominating scepticism over online learning it has successfully announced its efficacy for nurturing natural abilities to flourish into expected professional skills. This special attention to one’s career possibility is the exceptionality of online education which is barely found in conventional educational structure.

These sort of interesting learning, though lately, is now within the reach of students belong to relatively under-developed countries. Students from countries like Nigeria have now every reason to advance their further education through online learning programmes for far better career possibilities against nominal efforts. Students all over the world have recognised the true essence of virtual learning and acknowledged its superiority of experiential learning. Nigerian students need to understand all the advantages associated with online education and take benefits of them.

Flexible Study Schedules

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Online courses in Nigeria announce studying beyond the traditional boundaries whereby Nigerian students can now have the privilege to earn and learn together. They can exploit a new dimension of unrestrained learning designed by eminent UK universities that allows them to study as per their convenience, instead of being bound to follow the schedules of any institutional routine. Now, when they have the liberty to study as per their own flexible time they also have a great length of time in hand in which they can be involved in some experience-generating work, relevant to their curriculum.

Affordability

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Another great benefit of online courses is low-cost fees structure. With as minimal as just a fraction of amount charged by traditional universities students can continue their course of higher studies. Besides, the opportunity of doing jobs parallel to study enables the students managing their other requirements. With just an internet connection and few simple devices like PC, or tablet or mobile phone students can always get connected to their study materials and faculty wherever they are and whenever they want.

This design of online education prepares students experientially rich as well as theoretically strong. The successful combination of their online learning and on-industry involvement makes them somewhat superior than the on-campus students whose work experiences in most of the cases are nil. Nigerian students must exploit so numerous advantages of online learning. It will suit everyone’s life’s obligations and fit around everyone’s need.

What Employers Think About Online Degrees?

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For many working people, going back to school for earning a higher qualification might be an appealing option. But, quitting their jobs to be a full-time student is not an ideal solution. However, there is a solution that allows you to earn higher qualification without compromising with your job. An online distance learning programme helps you build your career with the valuable degrees to show to future employers.

Online degree programmes are best way to earn a degree at your own pace, without attending classes. While all these things might sound alluring, you need a few things to consider before enrolling in an online college. You need to mull over, how long it will take to complete the course, how much it will cost, how you will know if the school is accredited and above all, how employers will perceive the online degree?

What do employers say?

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According to some educational consultants and career councillors, a degree is a degree to many people but there are a few who look into the issue of trust, lack of credibility and awareness.

It traditional modesle fact that traditional mode of forning has been in place since a long time. On the other hand, online programmes are relatively new entrant in the education sector and many employers are still unfamiliar with the positives of this new mode of study.

However, employers are slowly and gradually getting there and have started to recognise online study. Almost 61 percent of CEOs and small business owners said, in a survey done by an online institution, they are aware of the online study programmes. Additionally, around 83 percent of the executives participated in the survey were of the view that online degrees hold similar credibility that traditional on-campus study programmes enjoy. (Source: goo.gl/7wYCbi)

Moreover, employers do look upon the accreditation of colleges or universities, the quality of its graduates and the reputation of institutions before considering the online degree credible.

Tips to find a quality online degree

So, if you want to get considered for the dream job, you must find a credible online degree programme. Here are a few tips to help you out in this regard:

Reputation of online college or university

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You should research well on whether the university provides only online degrees or on-campus learning as well. Having campus-based learning programmes at the institutions helps build credibility.

Accreditation

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The Department of Education asks students to research on the accreditation of the courses offered by the institutions. Diploma mills are generally certified through the fake agencies. Students must check that accrediting agency is valid and certified with the department.

Accessibility

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Students should find out if the technical help to access the study materials, tutors and the help desk is provided by the institution.

Time taken in earning the degree

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Usually, the duration of course is similar to what students learning from campuses take.

Program fees

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The accredited universities offer pay as you go plan and charge as per the credit hour.

Online distance learning program from UK universities

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So, if you are looking for a reputed online college or university to enrol in, your search ends with online UK universities. These universities offer a wide range of accredited courses around the world, including Caribbean countries. In fact, online UK universities fit the bill, if you are looking for an online university that matches all the above-mentioned criteria.

Therefore, enrol in an online distance learning programme from UK universities and earn a globally-accredited degree to prosper in your career.