Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Kizmet, Jun 20, 2017.
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I see it mostly fine, with a few missing images. Interesting stuff!
I wasn't too impressed. I tried to skip the ones that were high school level. I then went to the sites I found relevant (no links from the article.) I found Kotivu.ng lacked material in business fundamentals - accounting, etc. while it had had a lot of material on "soft" skills - negotiation, selling etc. Ecampus was quite well set-up for math, etc. First look reminded me of Khan Academy - but Khan Academy is free, and ECampus costs money. And there's a lot more on Khan Academy!
High school level is what's most needed. Promoting higher education will in too many cases be putting the cart before the horse. The horse is economic policy that allows for growing business that creates jobs.
Without worthwhile jobs, the best college graduates will join the brain drain to more developed nations.
I think this is entirely accurate. When you look at African universities' DL offerings one thing that is completely true is they are trying to promote Bachelors in Education degrees. They want teachers. Elementary and high school teachers are needed virtually everywhere across the continent.
Agreed. 100%. I totally missed the point by not thinking in terms of African requirements; too Johann-centric. :redface:
Very important for Africa. Not so much for Johann. High School - done 57 years ago. Sorry.
If there's a need for teachers then there is so that would be appropriate.
One qualm in my craw, if such can be, is that I'd prefer not generic, all-purpose teachers but specialist teachers.
I understand that, but when you've got a lot of ground to cover, many, many students in rural areas (and even more coming along) -- and have to make things work quickly, you have to resort to less-than-ideal teaching conditions. Generalists now - to promote literacy, math skills (and vocational training as possible) - specialists once you've got at least adequate coverage of the basics. Horse before cart.
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