Higher Education Institutions have been adopting Open, distance and e-learning. Those universities that had previously adopted online learning, including the University of Nairobi find it easy for a more intensified continuity of the same during the Covid-19 pandemic
The current global pandemic, Covid19 has forced universities across the world to embrace technology-based teaching and learning methods. The sudden closure of higher education institutions has necessitated the urgent need for alternative measures to substitute the traditional face-to-face mode of learning. However, the swift move to the new online mode of learning by the higher education institutions has left many students in confusion, especially in developing countries.
Some of the challenges facing students include lack of necessary devices such as computers or laptops, poor network coverage, internet accessibility, lack of ICT skills and much more. However, institutions such as the University of Nairobi have made e-learning possible by supporting its large number of students and staff with unlimited internet bandwidth, skill development through extensive training sessions and technical support. To benefit from the predominant e-learning mode, students should change attitudes towards the use of technology in teaching and learning.
The following are different ways that students can adopt in readiness for online learning and assessment.
Switching from traditional face-to-face classrooms to online-based learning has drastically transformed students' learning experience. However, with the rapid advancement in technology, online teaching and learning are likely to prevail in the future. Hence students need to adjust and get used to the online learning environment. The good news is that we are in the era of industry 4.0 thus adaptability may not be difficult for most of the students in the current generation.
Strong Time Management
Time management is a key skill for learners, especially during the present times. Most online sessions are time-bound and thus require discipline. Though most students prefer web-based learning programs since they are flexible, they rarely have time for them due to other commitments. However, having a regular schedule planner such as Google Calendar would be helpful to the students in setting reminders for their e-lessons and assessment tests.
Self-motivation is an important prerequisite for off-campus learning. However, inadequate preparedness of learners may pose a challenge to the acceptance of new changes in teaching and learning.
Hence, students should engage in active learning by embracing the numerous training and support opportunities provided by institutions to improve their learning experiences. This requires determination and a positive mindset for students in resolving the online learning challenges.
Interactions with others
Interaction with the course instructors and other students is critical for e-learning. Similarly, the use of numerous social media platforms is significant in improving relationships with others. Therefore, being in a position to ask for guidance through fellow students and course instructors may lessen the rigidity of many learners towards online learning and assessment.
E-Learning is good news, though it is still at its initial stage in many higher education institutions in developing countries. Hence it poses numerous challenges to students and staff. However, attitude change and technological literacy would help in gaining the confidence required to succeed in an e-learning environment.
Sources (Retrieved on the 7th of April 2020)