Embracing Educational Technology Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In the imminent bleakness that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic regarding formal education, the use of educational technology presented a gleam of hope. Educational technology, also known as EdTech or eLearning, birthed a new dawn for learning even with physical schools and institutions being closed.

 

All over Nigeria and most of Africa, educational institutions utilized EdTech to ensure continuous learning for its students and meeting up with the academic or training calendar per session/semester. But even with the return of many schools and institutions to physical learning, the use of educational technology can and should still be maintained to enhance the output of teaching and learning.

 

Why should this happen?

  1. Effective Collaboration

The physical learning platform naturally restricts the teacher and students to a classroom or laboratory. However, EdTech opens doors for inter-relations with students and learners from across a location and beyond. This was even observed in some institutions as some students could relate better to their tutors through online platforms as compared to physical classes.

 

Imagine an educational system that includes teaming up with other students or professional colleagues for group projects and assignments. Such interactions which are mostly possible via eLearning platforms will enable participants to comprehend their subjects better and build a good interpersonal relationship with their teachers outside the bounds of a classroom. Healthy competitions will also stir up optimal performance and enhance the spirit of sportsmanship.

 

Teachers and Facilitators can also collaborate with their colleagues from the same or other institutions and share insights on effective means of teaching and this will lead to a better Educational and Human Capital Development system in each clime.

 

  1. Appropriate Feedback

Combining classroom learning with EdTech will provide a unique sense of balance for all students and training participants. Every person has a unique way of learning. Using varying mediums like picture, text, video etc. would aid the students learning habits. This diversity in educating would give room for more feedback on learning options.

 

Shy individuals could interact better with eLearning platforms where they can relate better online without being overwhelmed by physical people and in the course of time would be socially active enough with their colleagues virtually or physically.

EdTech will go a long way in thinning the divide between the smart, the average and the slow learning students as there are different learning options available now.

 

Everyone can leverage on the credibility of educational technology and become better individuals. Tutors would also have creative control as to how they pass their knowledge and the means of evaluating students based on their progress with class. Through automated quizzes and tests, a lot more can be done which saves time!

  1. Population Crisis

In a country of over 33 million young people, it will almost be impossible to provide adequate infrastructure to cater for all their educational and training needs due to the recent economic downturn accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. Stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, training institutions and the government) need to resort to sustainable virtual learning methods that would ease the population challenge and allow them gain relevant and quality education to match up to the world standard.

 

With just a computer and good internet connection, student and trainees can be registered and connected to learn from wherever they are. It will also allow the government ample time to revamp the educational sector with better up-to-date facilities.

Conclusion

Looking at the supplementary benefits of educational technology, one may say that the government or institutions are not prepared to install such magnitude of change at once.

 

However, with one steady step at a time, effectively integrating educational technology with classroom studies can become a reality.

 

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