In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many tertiary institutions globally resorted to online learning as campuses shut down to reduce the spread of the virus. Nigerian universities were not left out, especially private institutions, that have since engaged their students via e-learning.
The recent fall in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is raising questions on when schools will re-open. But, some experts suggest that online learning should continue, given that it offers flexibility; enabling students to learn at their own pace, and offers opportunity to develop new skills. But then, it is important to first find out what students think about e-learning:
Recently, a survey was conducted on 104 students across arts, sciences and the social sciences disciplines of Anchor University, Lagos regarding their disposition to e-learning during the lockdown. The results showed that students have not been happy with the new approach. Majority of them prefer the conventional classroom learning and wish that the e-learning practice will end in tandem with the lockdown.
The normal assumption was that students should find online learning suitable and favorable since they are already familiar with tech tools and resources such as iPhone, iPad, PC, YouTube videos, and audiobooks. But surprisingly, the reverse is the case.
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What then can be done to help students better adapt to E-learning?
No doubt, e-learning has some drawbacks, especially when one considers the cost of mobile subscription, poor internet connectivity, and distractions like background noise. However, recent events prove that remote learning will remain a relevant part of students’ education. Hence, the sooner we embrace it, the better.
One of the most crucial things is to correct the mindset of students. University students should be oriented to take e-learning seriously because it largely boils down to will. As the saying goes, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Further, learners need support from their families and teachers to maximize the benefits of e-learning. Specifically, parents are encouraged to invest in the right tech tools and resources for their wards, while lecturers should improve their digital skills to allow them impart rightly. These will go a long way in ensuring that students continue to learn optimally during these times.
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