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ARPN Journal of Science and Technology

Online Education as a Panacea for Higher Education Problems in Nigeria

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Author Babatunde Peter Jacob, Anah Bijik Hassan
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 546-551
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 6
Issue Date July 01, 2012
Publishing Date July 01, 2012
Keywords Online, Panacea, Higher Education, Tertiary Education and Virtual education


Online Education encompasses teaching and learning delivered via a computer and the Internet. With components of discussion groups, quizzes, social rooms, online submission of assignments, pair work, group work under the guidance of a professional tutor, it provides one of the best means of education. Nigeria, a major developing country in the African Sub Saharan region has a major problem of access to higher education. Yearly several thousands of candidates pass the University Matriculation Examination out which only a small percentage are able to get a place in the University. The brick and ‘Mortar Universities’ or ‘conventional University’ education has been used to educate thousands of individuals. However the opportunities and advantages offered by online education are so compelling that no Nation can afford to ignore it. Some of these include students ability to ‘attend’ a course at anytime and from anywhere, accessibility to learning materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, increase in students interaction, use of the Internet technology which is critical to the 21st century. Online education therefore will not only provide more access to higher education in Nigeria, it will allow thousands who wants to learn but are not able to attend conventional schools the opportunity to do so. Online education is usually a complete package that makes it easy for students to carry out registration, access the Library, pay fees and obtain help and counseling. The design and implementation is usually very user friendly and easily used by anyone.

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