The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all activity, schools included. The concept of traditional education has been challenged radically recently in Nigeria.

Most schools have realized that being physically present in a classroom isn’t the only learning option anymore — not with the rise of the internet and new technologies, at least.

So, in this article, you are a few minutes read from understanding how digital virtual learning has reshaped how our education system is structured and how you can get on board.

About E-Learning

E-learning is an affordable (and often free) solution that provides the learners with the ability to fit learning around their lifestyles, effectively allowing even the busiest person to further a career and gain new qualifications.

E-learning is also known as online learning or virtual learning because it involves the use of an internet-enabled device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer) to connect to online resources from virtually anywhere an internet connection is accessible.

What Is The Advantage Of Online Learning To Traditional Methods Of Learning?

Online learning has become increasingly popular over the past decade as more learners prefer the interactive content of audio and visual modules that virtual learning brings rather than reading bulky manuals and lecture notes of the traditional learning system.

Also as an advantage, travel and accommodation costs of traditional learning are completely eliminated with online learning and since we are all concerned about climate change, carbon footprints are reduced from not printing any manuals, lecture notes, and learning materials.

How Has Nigerian Schools Embraced Virtual Learning?

E-learning in Nigerian schools is not as popular here in Nigeria as it is in Europe. This is because of one strong factor that facilitates virtual learning; having accessibility to the strong Internet.

In a society where about 70% of the population live on less than $1/day and there are no public free Wi-Fis, it is quite understandable why online learning could encounter serious friction.

E-learning in Nigerian schools is not be confused with Distance learning which Radio and Television offer and also the National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN), as the flexibility which e-learning brings cannot be compared to that of distance learning.

The prevalent method of teaching and learning in Nigerian schools has been the physical classroom style where the teacher instructs the learners in the same building and as we are all aware, this is no longer adequate and straightforwardly put, not necessary.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected learning and what is the way forward?

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world, physical learning styles have become obsolete and impossible as schools have been directed to shut down and everyone self-isolating, while on lockdown online learning has become the number one option for learning and self-improvement.

As the lockdown extension on the pandemic increases all over the country, it is important that educational systems seek out other methods to continue delivering quality education and virtual learning is an answer to that.

With virtual learning systems like Pinnacle School Management Solutions, it is easy to adjust learning modules in order to ensure the continuity of learning.

With the continuity of learning and self-improvement in mind, the educational system in Nigeria should adopt virtual learning as part of the teaching process across all levels of learning.

Why is Virtual Learning Important In Nigeria?

As an immediate need, the COVID-19 pandemic is not going away anytime soon without any vaccine in sight. Therefore this calls for virtual learning systems to be put in place to ensure the intellectual, social, technological, and political advancement of the citizenry.

Virtual learning is less expensive than the traditional mode of learning and it yields a better student performance since it is self-paced. In online learning, the course content is easily reviewed and revised to match the current needs of the society which is not so in the traditional style which is subject to a lot of bureaucratic bottlenecks.

Online learning offers the ability to share material in all kinds of formats such as videos, slideshows, word documents, and PDFs. Conducting webinars (live online classes) and communicating with professors via chat and message forums is also an option available to users.

How can institutions begin e-learning In 2020?

Our virtual learning platform, Pinnacle School Management Solution, has to be put in place for virtual learning to be a success.

In schools, this would include adequate manpower and training, internet and network facilities, etc.

Being conversant with E-learning tools like Leap Learning Lab, Pinnacle Insight tools, etc will help to facilitate seamless learning for both tutors and students.

FAQs

What level of expertise do I need to have to enroll in a virtual learning program?

Zero level of expertise. The only thing you need to know is how to navigate the internet and knowing the requirements needed for enrollment.

Should I be worried about sensitive information about myself?

There is nothing to worry about as most e-learning platforms only request your name and e-mail address for enrolling into their program. Your sensitive details are safe.

What type of device would be best for e-learning in Nigerian schools?

Any type of Internet-enabled device from your smartphones to your laptop or desktop computer would suffice. However, most people would prefer a device with a larger screen for better user experience.

What if I got disconnected from my classes probably due to network or power issues?

You don’t have to fear for anything if you get disconnected for whatever reason as you simply log back in and continue from where you stopped previously.

Conclusion

A lot has happened because of this covid-19 pandemic and paramount to that is the disruption of school and learning activities.

Dear proprietors/proprietresses, we can’t halt the education of our students. Realistically we can’t go back to the classroom now but learning can still continue as you digitalize your school with e-learning platforms like Pinnacle School Management Solution.

References

Advantages of E-learning

Useful eLearning Tools You Must Know About