Technological advancements have had an influence on every aspect of life today and Education has not been left out. E-learning and/or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) is the trending word promoted mostly by edx, coursera and Udacity. These programs have been conceived to eradicate the challenges posed by traditional educational system and no one can deny the impact it has created on students worldwide and Sub Saharan African Learners in particular.
Taking a MOOC course is cost effective. At first, your parent needed to be among the privileged for you to have the opportunity to take courses from renowned institutions with renowned professors overseas. Today, these same courses are brought to your doorsteps for nothing. All you need is internet connection to get set. Isn’t it awesome?
Moreover, MOOC courses encourage Flexibility in Education. Dead and gone are those days when education used to be tyrannical where you had to rush into classrooms for lectures or ‘stand up to welcome the teacher’. With MOOC courses, you just stop being a student to become a learner. You only attend lectures when you can and creating time for your assignments is up to you. The most interesting part of it is that, you chose the new skills you want to acquire depending on your personal needs (no prerequisites needed) and you work at your pace to achieve set goals.
Furthermore, MOOC courses are organized to match the needs of our era. Here we are at a period when students and professionals are in constant search for learning opportunities to gain new skills so as to remain competitive in the job market. A problem well tackled by these Massive Open Online Courses.
However, it is worth noting that the increase in these opportunities has also led to several uncertainties in the educational field. Effective evaluation methods have not yet been found and the ability to keep learners engaged still remains a challenge. In sub Saharan Africa, unstable energy supply and poor internet connection is an added challenge to taking online courses: Notwithstanding, some have successfully done so, some are still planning to do so and others have not yet benefitted enough from this opportunity because they started an online course but didn’t complete it. kamerbigbang.com attributes all of these to a loss or lack of motivation which arose at a particular level. For us, gaining enough motivation to start and complete a course is one of the greatest challenges faced when taking Massive Open Online Courses.
Solving the motivational problem is therefore a big challenge which if tackled adequately will be beneficial to more than a handful. For Learners based in Cameroon or around, kamerbigbang.com has attempted a solution. We have created a platform for discussion where prospective e-learning students or those already involved, can exchange experiences, share questions, discuss productively so as to encourage each other to start or complete courses online. Learn more on this at www.kamerbigbang.com