Educationist urges admission-seekers to embrace e-learning

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Lagos – Mr Ishan Abeywardena, an Open Educational Resources Adviser with Commonwealth Learning based in Canada, on Wednesday urged Nigerian embrace online-open-distance -learning institutions.
Abeywardena told News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that these learning institutions have same credibility as conventional institutions.
He said that open distance learning was a very essential tool educate masses and increase access western .
The adviser said that the world had moved `a stage- on- a stage to a guide on the side,’ adding that online learning was the future higher institutions learning.
According to him, usually in a conventional institution, lecturers or professors stand in front of their classes, dictate notes and assignments.
They also direct their students on whatever topics they wanted their students to learn, he said.
“However, in the open-and-distance learning, students are giving self-directed materials, which they can goggle the internet, and study at their own pace.
“The accuracy of the materials given out to students in the open-and- distance learning is better than what a or professor is teaching in a conventional institution.
“Also in countries like Nigeria and India, with large population waiting to gain admissions into higher institutions of learning and universities, online learning is a quick solution.
is not a very visible proposition for developing countries like Nigeria for its government to establish tertiary institutions of learning that can accommodate all those seeking admissions,’’ he said.
Abeywardena urged government to provide platforms and policies that would support and encourage admission seekers to embrace online .
He said if policies were not formulated, discrimination and common interests would impede the growth and development of distance learning.
The expert urged , especially admission seekers, to consider working and learning simultaneously.
He said could employment while schooling to save time and resources.
“Why not work while you learn; nowadays, employers prefer to employ workers are studying on part-time basis because they are more adaptable to workplace and serious situations,’’ he said.
Abeywardena said that flexible and open distance learning would encourage youths to work while studying as part-time students.
“Online students can adapt to different situations, they are good workers because they can hit the ground running, they come with a burden level which are secured, especially, for communication skills.
“Open-distance learning is a very positive step; the Open University of UK is constantly ranked among the 10 universities in the UK.
“There is no discrimination between accredited universities and the open universities in developed countries anymore because most universities are also embracing online.
“Very soon, there be no line between open distance learning and the conventional learning,’’ he said. (NAN)