Entrepreneurs To Inaugurate Online Learning Institutes For Better Future.

Online learning, as the educators are projecting it, is the next big thing in the domain of education and in near future, it will shed its alternative tag and going to be an essential part of the entire learning system. This is perhaps the most significant change in educational ecosystem since learning itself became the core engine of human development.

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As technology is gaining its ground in every aspect of our life education also got its intuitive touch of technology and became more and more available to the aspired learners who are in need of active learning or learning which is bases on hands-on experience needed to upgrade and upskill. And this ‘need’ of learning is driving the entrepreneurs to implement online learning institutes at a rapid pace.

Whizz-kids like Yelena Maslova, one of among Russia’s Top 30 young Internet entrepreneurs by Forbes Russia, are backing up online learning. In spite having a traditional educational career, she participated in online learning course from California’s Stanford University and much to her surprise discovered that contrary to general notion, the quality of online classes was best-in-class.

“I had world-class specialists as professors, read tonnes of articles and books, and submitted essays,” Yelena said. “So this education did not differ much from an offline course. In my case, it was even better.”

This exactly is the reason why eLearning is becoming more and more popular among the inspired learners. This mode of learning offers a customised learning opportunity. And being online learning is becoming all the more available to the students who are deprived of proper study material due to the constraint of region and resource. So the hard fact is traditional learning is failing to fulfil the purpose of passing on the knowledge that is required to get a suitable job title for the learners.

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And online learning is making all the effort to fulfil this hiatus between ‘knowledge’ that is needed and learning that is imparted by the traditional learning institutes. Study says that today employers of all around the world are seeking skilled people not only educated individuals. And to upgrade skills online learning is the best place because the courses and modules are designed in a way from which learners will be armed with hands-on experience.

Traditional learning is teacher oriented, where educators are considered as the core of the classroom. And the only activity of a student is listening to lectures and taking notes. The cost of traditional learning is increasing drastically which is, actually, restraining students to opt for higher studies. And then there are working students who are bounded by social and family responsibilities and forced to end their studies. Online learning provides everything that a traditional institute can’t.

Liu Ying, director of the Test and Evaluation Research Institute under ATA, said that online learning is going to play a major role to change the framework of education entirely

“One direction of reform is to help students improve learning efficiency and effect,” says Ying, “And thanks to the convenience and the big data brought by the Internet, we are more able to help students to achieve these goals, deploying tools and techniques including a self-adaptive test system, individual knowledge graph and big-data analysis.”.

Like Yelena Maslova and Yind many entrepreneurs and bigwigs are thinking of initiating online learning institutes to deliver quality education needed to build the future of a nation.

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Undergraduate Diploma To Change The Face Of Nigeria’s Economic System

You can skip this article if you think you have enough naira to spend the rest of your adult life in Banana Island right beside the mansion of Mike Adenuga watching Atlantic sunsets. Now if you don’t, then this article is going to be a life-changer for you.

Let’s have a quick look on Nigeria’s economic condition first. If you search for ‘counties with lowest HDI’, where HDI stands for a real-time measurement of human development which is scaled and indexed by analyzing life expectancy, potentiality (earned by proper education), and income of an individual, you will see Nigeria – among several other African countries – on almost top of the list. To search the reason behind this economic failure a further exploration is needed.

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Nigeria’s education system fails to deliver a future to the students. Or let’s put it in another way, student’s future is in the hand of such an educational system which can’t provide necessary skills that is essentially required for a quality job. And interestingly enough, the number of job-hunters are increasing day-by-day. Due to the economic structure students are thinking of getting a job before or just after finishing their studies. As the economic growth of Nigeria, like any other country, depends on its educational infrastructure it’s probably not the best idea to rely on traditional learning only. Some research done on alternative learning will eventually point you towards a new form of education – online learning. It provides tailored online learning modules ranging from undergraduate management, hotel and hospitality to fast track MBA. No matter in what stage you are in now or how bad you did back in your school, an online undergraduate diploma will serve an alternative path with which you can upgrade your skills to get a sustainable job title in Graduate recruitment or ‘milk round’. Additionally, this will surely quicken your way for further educational qualification while being wrapped up by your assigned job in a company.

Nigerian economy in global perspective: What’s to be done.

According to the World Bank Nigeria’s present economic condition can’t be revived if approximately 60 million jobs are not created and filled up by skilled people within this and the next decade. The question is whether this part of the world has that much infrastructure to fulfill the need? The answer, without a doubt, is no. But it can have, if learners are keen enough acquire essential knowledge and training by choosing online learning – as an upgraded version of education – to gain an undergraduate diploma. This will surely increase the opportunity to get jobs in public and privet sectors.

Online undergraduate diploma: What’s to offer?

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If getting a job in this critical financial condition is all you need then an undergraduate diploma done through online serves its purpose. If you are doubtful about the authenticity of these courses, then know this ‘digital degrees’ are legitimate and valued by the employers all over the world. If student decides to get an online undergraduate diploma or participate in any course that will provide him a future, then he can do it without doubting its legitimacy because all online courses are accredited and recognised by ATHE.

Graduate recruitment: What’s next?

Got a job? OK, now it’s time to think about a pay hike. Wondering how you can get a pay raise you deserve without quitting your job and investing much money? The answer is still the same, start upgrading your educational qualification through online learning. Short time or full-time online business and management courses are the main attraction of online learning among the students because they promise career growth.

To conclude

Career upgrade by obtaining online undergraduate diploma, to be honest, bridges the educational gap. It is emerging as a hot trend that embodies a learning which will result in evolving new abilities, making substantial career shifts and ultimately earning more money, throughout the world. Nigeria without exception will going to be flourish in its educational and economical field soon enough if these new trends are well accepted.

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Online Learning: Providing An Alternative Learning Pathway For Better Career.

Technology alone changed our lifestyle in almost every aspect, whether you want to communicate a buddy of yours living in another part of the world or transfer money to your family whenever they need. Every single thing you can think of has changed in a radical way by the touch of technology, educational system is no exceptional. Gone are the days when educators had to rely on orally delivered speech and the hard copy of study material. Now is the time of digitalised era, where the process of learning has taken a technical form.

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It is scientifically proved that an online steaming video or a webcast can help students in a more specific way, whether they are going to track the movement of quantum particles or measure the atmospheric components. Technology reveals a better way of understanding of complex three dimensional structures of mechanical and medical related contents.

There are, however, some negative thoughts about this new education-delivery system. Some holds the thought that online learning can be a success if only it is applied on teaching STEM subjects, i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Language, literature, social and political studies, history and the rest are best delivered if it is done traditionally. But no matter how this debate goes on online learning continues to be a vital part of educational system.

On What Ground Online Learning Is Gaining Its Popularity?

Wonder how Trevor MacNeice, a student working on two shifts in McDonald completed his MBA in management and got a job with a handsome salary package after few years of hard working? Well, he has been told to believe by a friend that online courses are the only option available to obtain such a degree. He did some research on online education and started saving money immediately after he was convinced about it.

Alternate Learning Pathway

Online education has paved the way for an alternative learning pathway which not only provides a wide range of learning options but also an opportunity of obtaining alternative credentialing. Whether you are in pursuit of a higher degree or want to do a course on computer programing language, online education serves it all.

Better Accessibility

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One of the interesting facts of online learning is that students can access the course material anytime they want irrespective of their engagement in any other work, which means they can continue their studies in the lunch time during a work-shift, or in the middle of a music class through mobile. A recent research shows that accessing the web-courses through smart phone has increased in the US in 2009 from 18% to 64%. This clearly shows the popularity that online learning is gaining among the students.

A Support For Adults

Online education, by all means, has been acting as a supportive element to the adult learners also. Not only is it arming them with new skills required for a career growth but also making them technically acknowledged with various online educational tools like computers, smart phones, projectors, etc.

It Costs Less

Online education allows the learners to choose from several courses which costs less than a half of what they had to spend in traditional educational institutes. No matter what course you choose you have to pay less than what u thought. Working as a part-timer? Start doing online courses with your savings.

To be exact, online learning is an upgraded version of traditional face-to-face learning. It focuses on the result of learning rather that learning itself. A degree is utterly meaningless if it not directs to a better career or brighter future. Online education fills the need of career oriented learning. It delivers exactly the education that the traditional learning in a bricks-and-mortar classroom fails to provide.

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UNESCO Eyes Nigeria for Sustainable Development Goal 4 Campaign

The Hope -Jon International School located in Karu in the Nasarawa State has been selected as the first institute by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the campaign of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) in Nigeria. The concept of the campaign is “Education Solution, Education First Initiative-Embracing SDG-4.’’

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The SDG is set of target adopted by the nations to eradicate poverty, prosperity for all and to secure the planet. These goals were adopted dated 25th September 2015 and every set purpose has the particular aim which is supposed to obtain in coming 15 years.

The Concern

Many are in the opinion that the SDG4 campaign will boost the efforts to enhance the education facilities and quality in Nigeria. Despite of measures were undertaken by the government, 10.4 million Nigerian children are still out of schools. World has total 57 million children who are out of school. And from the figure it’s evident that Nigeria has reason to worry.

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Educationalists fear that this might result in the widening of the gap of accessing education between the rich and poor peoples in the Nigerian society. Lack of education will lead to unemployment. And this might disrupt the socio-economic balance of Nigeria.

But how will this 10.4 million children will receive education? Does Nigeria have a sufficient number of schools to accommodate huge number of students? There are several other questions that might give administrators sleepless night. Most of the schools in Nigeria have been overfull with students. Besides, there is lack of modern education facilities including an insufficient number of trained teachers.

The Way Out

Nigerian Government has to take steps for building new schools. And just constructing schools should not be the only thing. This time, schools should be availed with all the modern facilities, technologies, computer systems and others.

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To initiate this programme, the government should collaborate with all the stakeholders of the education system in the country. And if required the should opt for public-private partnership model to fund the programme.

Poverty is one major reason that force families to send their children to earn money rather than earning knowledge in the classroom. The government should ensure that families send their children to school for their future.

Though many families might claim if their child will not earn than how their family would run. For such families government should initiate the online education programme. Here, the children will be provided with device and internet access and this would be restricted to learning purpose only.

SDG4 in Nigeria

Director of Professional Education at UNESCO Centre for Global Education (UNESCOCFORGE), UK, Mrs Caroline Oseghale said, “It is a project of UNESCOCFORGE and Pan-African Youth Parliament (IPAYP).We chose the school to kick off the campaign; we are creating awareness; this is the first school we are having this in Nigeria. We are going to do a lot of advocacy to make sure other schools follow.”

According to Education Solution’s Campaign Director Obinna Sixtus, SDG placed high premium on quality and free education for boys and girls. He further added, “We suggest that culture should be in our education curriculum; it is culture that will bind us together not politics.”

The Opportunity

The SDG4 is designed to drive the system to achieve the real purpose. With support coming from different channels, the government should capitalise the assistance. This possibly is the best scope when Nigerian administrators can seek collaboration for digitisation and enhancement of education in the country. Besides, the school selected for the SDG4 Campaign should also come to forefront assisting the government to formulate the design where students will engage in real learning.

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Nigeria: The Outlook And Commitment For Quality Education

Knowledge is absolute. It helps us to acquire know-how of multiple things around us. And in-depth studies help us to make innovation. In simple word, education is an essential part of human life. That’s why in the real life value of education is extreme. Nigeria needs to realise this fact. It has create the opportunity and platform so that youth of the country does not remain illiterate. This would make sure that the future of the country remains at the safe hands of the educated Nigerians. But to translate this dream into reality would require better and collective effort.

Overall Growth Of Children

Education for Nigerian children is impeccable. It would shape their mind with strong skills, build positive attitude, teach them values and make them knowledgeable. This would ensure that is Nigeria is capable of producing able and responsible citizens who can stand before any given tasks or challenges.

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The international educational expert and Principal at Olashore International School Derek Smith, says “We believe in academic excellence. It is the bedrock of what the school stands for. We also have a unique and seamless blend of education and technology and we recently introduced the use of iPads by both teachers and students in the classroom. By the time we add other activities such as music, drama, discipline, leadership and the likes, we will have taken secondary school education in Nigeria to levels never reached before.”

Regarding the need of the focus Smith believes, “while there is paramount need to manage Nigeria’s oil resources more efficiently and create more wealth opportunities, there is an even greater need to invest more in education, especially because it is less obvious or less glamorous. Countries that are paying priority to education, have been able to create a steady stream of human capital that are managing all other aspects of the economy and indeed society.”

The Real Picture

The majority of the Nigerian population lives in rural area. But if we consider the facilities in the area it would be the utter disappointment. Many things could have been done in all the years we have left behind. But still we find the lack of commitment towards facilitating. And the outcome is- rising unemployment in the rural areas, the increase in crime, child labour, poverty and others which are bug hurdle for the achievement of the development of the Nigeria. And when we think about schools in rural areas, it’s no less than the nightmare. The schools have the lack of basic infrastructures like open classrooms with damaged walls, inadequate teachers, library facility, lack of academic employees no sufficient table and chairs, insufficient computer labs with web access etc.

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To attain the goal to make Nigeria a strong nation education facilitation in the rural area needs great transformation modern education system. Before the country remains behind from the rest of the nations of the world strong measures are required to be taken immediately without further delay.

Joint Effort

Nigeria had enough compromised with the fate of its development. It cannot afford to bear casual approach to making things right. The world is moving fast and Nigeria needs to keep the development with the pace of the global standard. Countries around the world are making advancement in the field of science & technology, health, education and others areas whereas things in Nigeria are still not right. Time has come that government and other stakeholders jointly make the effort to make the country efficient from every perspective and earn its deserving reputation in the global map.

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Education Enrollment Beneficial For Nigerian Economy

The quest for higher education among the Nigerian students is thriving. Student’s in large number are opting for higher studies and research are flying to U.S. Also the lack of scope for and research facility is pushing students to search for better alternative at abroad. The experts, however, forecast that future of Nigeria’s economy has good prospect. They believe that these students hold key to future Nigerian economy.

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Nigerians Tops in U.S Higher Education Enrollment

U.S international higher education enrollment figure shows that Nigerian tops at Sub-Saharan Africa. It holds eighteenth position in the world.

The U.S mission in Nigeria organized the 16th Annual College and Career fair in ABUJA. It was organized to boost the number of Nigerian students studying in America.

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Speaking in the fair, the U.S Education Advisory Supervisor, Folashade Adebayo said for the 2015/2016 Academic year, the Education USA members received financial aids of over four million U.S dollars as scholarships for Nigerian students. Adbayo added that, “Nigeria is declared 1st in Sub Saharan Africa and 18th in the World for International U.S higher education enrollment following Nigeria enrollment rate is Kenya with about 5000 margin”.

She said, “According to Institute of International Education’s Open door, Nigeria Student’s enrollment in the U.S has increased with more than 25 percent in the past 5 years. She said that U.S Embassy College fair has contributed hugely to the increase of Nigeria students studying in United States. She said that currently in America eight thousand students are perusing higher education.

Prospect For Nigerian Economy

Addressing the Career fair, Bob Kerr, the U.S Cultural Affairs Officer said, “Studying in the higher institutions in the United States provides International advantage to Nigerians. He emphasized on Nigerian Students in the U.S will be provided opportunities to give back practical knowledge to the development of Nigeria’s economy and Africa Continent as a whole.”

U.S Education Advisory Supervisor also believes that increasing enrollment figure is gainful to the future of Nigeria and its economy.

Nigerians Prefer America

The Education USA officer identified limited access and the challenge of research system in Nigeria as major reasons why some Nigerians prefer to study in the U.S. Folashade Adebayo said “in the 2015/2016 academic year, Education USA members received over 4 million Dollars in financial aid and scholarship for Nigerian students”.

Possibilities Via Education Fair

Folashade stated that the college fair provides opportunities to bet current information on studying in the States.

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“The College fair has direct contributions to the increase in the numbers of Nigerian applicants as well s provide information on available financial aids for the less privileged of the society”

Top Five Countries For Nigerian Students

Loaded with improved education facilities, foreign nations attract students. Like others Nigerians too have realized the value of perusing higher studies abroad. The top five countries where Nigerians are studying are:

  • England
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Germany

The Goal

Nigerians have understood the essence of education. Countries like United States Of America offers tremendous scope to gain knowledge equipped with growth bound education system. Studying abroad provides ambit for professional and personal growth.

How do you think it is going to benefit the Nigerian Economy ? Post your view about increase in the enrollment in US universities.

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