Did you know that the mobile phone is the most hand held object in the world? And just like any other smart phone, tablet, laptop, smart TV and computer that have access to the internet, learners are opting more and more to learning online. Clearly the future of education is now and online earning is here to stay.
In the past decade, being physically present in a classroom was the only way a student could learn and a teacher could teach. However, with the fast growing technology and innovations, both learners and teachers are open to experience a variety of online learning.
From kindergarten to university, both students and teachers who have embraced online learning, have immensely gained academically.
Looking closely in our community here in Kenya, from the bourgeois to the proletarian, students and teachers have been exposed to devices that have access to the internet opening an entirely wide platform for learning.
The Popularity of Online Learning
Nonetheless, online learning has immensely gained a vast popularity especially among working professionals. For instance, online learning enables professionals and businessmen to easily juggle between work and studies. It is a very convenient way of studying.
On the other hand, teachers and students are open to a variety of courses. Teachers are able to teach various students from various countries while students are free to pursue different levels of their desired education ranging from degree, diplomas and even PhDs from anywhere in the world. Whether in a train or in bus traveling; whether in a hospital bed or even at the comfort of your home or office one is very flexible to study at their own opportune time. However, self discipline is the key.
Additionally, as far as learning is concerned, students can selectively learn at their own pace and level of understanding. Furthermore, online learning is more about making the best of your time to study. Unlike the traditional learning style where being physically present in a classroom is the only way to study, online learning opens up more opportunities. For instance, both disabled students and lecturers as well as people residing in other countries are able to participate in the education system actively.
The Kenyan Case
Given the current global coronavirus 2019 pandemic, various measures have been put in place to ensure individual’s safety. Some of these measures include staying at home and most notably the closure of places of gathering including institutions of learning. While institutions such as KCA, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University have all embraced online learning, there have been disquiet among students.
The move by these institutions is aimed at enabling learners to continue their education online with no hindrance whatsoever because they focus more in the comfort of their homes. However, dissenting voices have pointed towards lack of internet access for students from poor backgrounds as a reason against this move.
However, considering that online learning is being embraced world over, we can only but adapt to the situation. Learning online is indeed the future of education all the way from convenience, diversity and flexibility. All that students and policy makers must do is to find the best way to approach online learning in order to avoid disenfranchising those from poor backgrounds.