To help governments especially in the Less Developed Countries have a policy direction in the pilot of affairs in their countries, the UN provided development templates referred to as the Millennium Development Goals and with a timeframe, 2015 to achieve these goals. The ‘mother’ of all the goals is universal education because of its multiplier effects. An educated person is less likely to suffer extreme poverty but more likely to embrace changes that bring about improved quality of life.
One of the tools that is available in the 21st century and capable of fast tracking the process of achieving universal education is Information and Communication Technology, a combination of newer technologies of wireless phones, networked computer and the internet.
According to Frances Caincross, 2001, in her book, The Death of Distance, ‘the revolution that have arisen as a result of communication is simply democratic and profoundly liberating as it levels the imbalance between large and small, rich and poor, urban and rural, old and young, male and female, educated and uneducated among other exclusions’. She went further to state that communication revolution has the power to change social and physical space, capacity to amplify brainpower and the ability to enhance a knowledge based society…the kind of society that Nigerians are craving for.
In a meeting by the International Telecommunications Union held in Geneva, Switzerland, to find ways to use ICT to advance the MDGs, several targets were set. One of the targets set was to connect villages with ICTs and establish community access points to connect universities, colleges, secondary and primary schools. By so doing, educational materials would be available to the population irrespective of location and time through a process now referred to as electronic learning (e-learning).
Simply put, e-learning is a computer based teaching system that is distributed over the internet. It is a teaching process that can take place at any location, at any time and in accordance with the student’s learning rate using personal computers, cellular devices and the internet to design, deliver and manage information. It has several benefits, some of which include absence of borders, convenience, skill development, improved retention and personalized learning etc.
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