Pandemic has helped to spur online learning

Online learning

High angle view of video conference between a teacher and a learner on laptop at home.

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What you need to know:

  • The online learning would have advantaged learners to continue with the syllabus, but many areas did not have internet network or tablets.
  • All public primary schools were expected to have received the devices. This way, the government has aided ICT learning.

Online learning was used by various schools, colleges and organisations to aid learning at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, when students were at home. Private schools continued with learning despite the government having distributed 700,000 tablets and computers to schools.

The online learning would have advantaged learners to continue with the syllabus, but many areas did not have internet network or tablets.

All public primary schools were expected to have received the devices. This way, the government has aided ICT learning.

More schools should be connected with power to aid the online learning. Other schools in the rural areas lost the tablets to robbers and thieves and the majority of teachers were not trained to handle the tablets and computers in teaching pupils.

The advantages of online learning include avoiding spending time and money to travel to and from school since there is no need for physical presence in the classroom.

Self-paced learning

Learning material is not limited and one can access numerous research materials relevant to the area of study. Others include individualised learning style, easy access to resources, reduced costs, convenience and flexible and self-paced learning.

Technology is taking over all aspects of life, from simple things like counting farm animals to complex situations such as project management. School is no exception. Online learning is expected to grow by eight per cent by 2026.

This opens a window of opportunity for institutions to consider the new form of education as a complement or replacement of traditional learning.

Most job applications are now done online, while those applying for tenders and services such as those offered at Huduma Centres must use the internet to access the sites. 

It’s high time government continued aiding schools with tablets and computers so that online learning is enhanced.

Ms Onjoro is a PhD student at Mount Kenya University. onjoroveronica@yahoo.com

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