|E-Learning 2.0 written by Oyehmi T Begho|
|web 2.0 meets e-learning|
Oyehmi. T. Begho BSc (Hons), QTS, MA, MBCS, MCPN
AN OLD AGENDA FORMS A NEW ALLIANCE
E-Learning + Web 2.0 + Mobile technology = E-learning 2.0
Abstract. This article is an epigrammatic look into how new and emerging e-learning technologies can help improve the present, poor acquisition of knowledge and information within educational and business sectors in Nigeria.
We’ll be taking a brief look into the history of e-learning, how the web2.0 phenomena, in particular social networking, has influenced e-learning and led to an ever growing synergy between online social communities and virtual learning environments. Lastly, we will look at what has caused its slow uptake in developed and developing countries.
Many research findings show that e-learning has reached a greater level of maturity over the past few year and has become feature rich but also socially aware. The benefits of employing such technology in both the educational and business sector in a developing country, such as Nigeria, would have a tremendous affect on the learners and workers of the next generation.
The most prolific change will be seen in knowledge acquisition between the “have and the have nots”; Once deprived university students will now be able to study the same course material as a student in Harvard or MIT. Small businesses will be able to train employees at a fraction of the cost, attain a higher level of efficiency and provide customer services of the same standard as corporate firms.
Critical success factor for a successful e-learning deployment vary in importance from organisation to organisation and from country to country. At present Nigeria’s biggest problem its poor infrastructure but the use and increased availability of mobile devices, if used strategically, might be able to give it the start it desperately needs.
This notwithstanding, adopting such technologies without taking into due consideration our lack of technical expertise, sociocultural predispositions compared to those in more prominent research studies and our use of a very traditional pedagogical approach, will still most likely lead to failure.
Awareness, strategic planning, change management, skill assessment and/training, adapting vs. adopting and a renewed focus on accessibility and infrastructure have been highlighted as key elements needed to truly harness e-learning’s full potential in Nigeria’s development..
Keywords. E-Learning, Mobile Learning, Mobile applications, Web 2.0
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