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Colleges and university students now find themselves with other obligations beyond getting a degree. Such as, jobs and family commitments make equal demands on their time while also having the option of taking classes online and studying on their own time is critically important. At the same time, in Africa, in specific Uganda, many institutions are unable to accommodate all those who want to take classes on campus while also being flexible with their own responsibilities, escalating the demand for online learning.
Hellen business growth manager of everjobs Uganda adds, “I love online education mainly because I get to balance my career life, time with my son and school. It’s flexible and course work is always delivered on time. My only challenge was finding fast internet in Uganda, however we are slowly picking up on internet and more people are getting more involved with online education.”
Most people assume that online class will be easier than one taken in a traditional classroom, however this isn’t the case. Online instructors will assign more reading materials than required in a regular classroom to ensure that students are engaged. Motivation is key to an online student’s success as is his/ her ability to reach out to both instructors and fellow students using software such as Blackboard. That most students in America, Europe and Africa now use.
This software program seamlessly integrates social media, making it possible to create online communities that are course specific. Blog, tweet, chat, and discussion boards are all part of the online mix.
Success in an online course often depends on how connected a student feels to his instructor and fellow students just like in a traditional classroom. I believe that online learning is growing in Uganda and has the potential to revolutionize higher education. Students will be able to learn at their own pace and minor problems as simple as finding a place to park on campus will be eliminated.
Local businesses can also benefit from online learning. A study was carried out at North Carolina Central University, where the students work directly with local manufacturing firms to meet their future workforce needs. Online learning not only trains the workers of the future, it can also provide a career path for someone employed or not employed, and needs to learn new skills. Employers should recommend online courses that will help with career advancement and if possible offer tuition re-imbursement.
Ugandans and other African countries should look into online learning and see if it will be suitable for their needs. Online education is the future now.