Why online learning is a great alternative!
Traditional modes of learning in Africa have always been riddled with various challenges. UNICEF identifies 13 significant barriers to education in developing countries like; Direct costs (fees, clothing, books), distance to school, poor quality environment (infrastructure, overcrowding), poor quality content (outdated curriculum, inadequate materials) and so on and this has caused millions of students and youths to search for alternatives.
Since its inception, online learning or e-Learning has experienced a massive rise and the reason for this is not far-fetched at all; they are simply more convenient than the conventional face-to-face mode of learning. With online learning, there’s a proven increase in retention rates to about 60%; students want to learn at a pace that’s convenient and online courses allow them to fix schedules that won’t interfere with their existing obligations and responsibilities.
Initial skepticism around the concept of learning online has been dispelled in the face of pieces of evidence that prove that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education. This mode of learning is suitable for everyone, ranging from high school students to working professionals. There’s always educational content for everyone in virtually any field that can be thought of.
Here are four reasons why online learning is a great alternative:
Variety of Options
No matter the choice of study, there’s a myriad of options available on various eLearning platforms — whether it’s computer programming, nursing, film-making, accounting or just about any other course or program — that ensures that knowledge is gained. Additional courses are also included regularly so the learning process is never halted, there’s always something new to learn.
Higher education costs quite a lot of money in Africa, from the expensive tuition to commuting and school supply costs. It is the same in almost all countries of the world and it costs an arm and a leg to get a proper tertiary education. It’s not difficult to see why most students take out loans.
Online courses eliminate most of the exorbitant costs and students get to pay specifically for whatever course they need to learn. There is also a wide array of free courses online via Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS). Overall, taking the equivalent of a four-year course online saves you around $40,000 to $80,000 depending on the choice of the traditional university; those aren’t small numbers by any standard and that means funds can be channeled to other areas instead.
Lectures, assessments, assignments, and examinations can be done from home! Nothing beats that. It means students never have to fight their ways through traffic or miss important family time because of classes. Students essentially plan study times around the rest of their days, work at their own pace and it’s fine as long as they meet deadlines and participate appropriately online. Course materials are also readily accessible online, so this helps eliminate unnecessary trips to the library.
Technical Skills Development
Navigating the Learning Management Systems (LMS) requires the development of new computer skills. While learning online, students subconsciously develop skills required to create and share documents, complete online training sessions, incorporate audiovisual materials into assignments, etc. These peripheral skills tend to always come in handy in other spheres of life and future careers.
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