5 Greatest Threats to E-Learning and the way Out

There are 5 common problems faced by students in eLearning classes and which they need to be solved through proper initiatives for the students’ future benefits:

  1. Adaptability Struggle.  
    Switching from traditional classroom and face to face instructor training to computer-based training in a virtual classroom makes the learning experience entirely different for students. Their resistance to change doesn’t allow them to adapt to the online learning environment, whereas it takes time for them to get accustomed to Course Management Systems (CMS) and the methods of computer-based education. While passive listening and notes taking are expected in a traditional classroom, online discussions or creating a web page demand springing into action. Students with a “traditional” mindset find it difficult to adapt; however, they need to accept the new learning circumstances with an open mind and heart. Understanding the benefits of eLearning and even discussing them with their peers may change this mindset and better prepare students for online classes.
  2. Technical Issues.
    Many students are not provided with the high bandwidth or the strong internet connection that online courses require, and thus fail to catch up with their virtual classmates: Their weak monitors make it hard to follow the Course Management System and their learning experience becomes problematic. Moreover, most of them live off campus and find it difficult to keep in tune with the technical requirements of the chosen course. Some of them don’t even own computers and seek help in Learning Resource Centers for technical assistance. The only solution to this problem is knowing exactly what kind of technological support they will need for a certain course before enrolling in it, as well as properly equipping themselves for the course’s successful completion.
  3. Computer Literacy.
    Although students are generally tech savvy, and thus able to manage computers well, lack of computer literacy is a major issue among students today. Many of them cannot operate basic programs such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and therefore are not able to handle their files. Furthermore, many students find fixing basic computer problems troublesome, as they have no knowledge in this area. However, technological proficiency is a must for following online courses, as it enables students to manage their assignments and courseware in an organized manner without struggling. Basic courses in computer literacy enhance students’ knowledge in the field; having a fundamental knowledge of computer hardware would help them participate in online classes without interruptions and hindrances.
  4. Time Management.
    Time management is a difficult task for eLearners, as online courses require a lot of time and intensive work. Furthermore, whereas it is mostly adults who prefer web-based learning programs for their place and time flexibility, they rarely have the time to take the courses due to their various everyday commitments. A regular schedule planner would be a significant help to these learners, as they could even set reminders for their courses and assignments.
  5. Self-Motivation.
    Self-motivation is an eLearning essential requirement; however, many online learners lack it, much to their surprise. After enrolling in distance learning courses, many learners fall behind and nurture the idea of giving up, as difficulties in handling a technological medium also seem insurmountable. Students need to find the motivation to follow the new educational trends and also properly equip themselves for future challenges in their education and careers. Only a positive attitude will help them overcome the challenges in eLearning; though this is hard to practice, students need to understand that it is necessary in order to reap the eLearning’s benefits in the future.

We need to review down the salaries, renumerations of our government officials: Fela Durotoye

The young presidential aspirant under the platform of Alliance for New Nigeria ANN has made it known yesterday that the present generation of the country must seek a redress in restructuring the Nigeria economy. Fela Durotoye said this at the 6th Annual Economic Students Conference and the 16th Leadership Qualities and Entrepreneur Development (AESC&LQED) themed : Redefining Nigeria’s Economy independence: A quest for Economy Development” with presence of the invited guests, Femi Falana, Ayodeji Ebo, Abubakar Jimo, Ago Teriba, Bidemi Olumide, Segun Ogunsanya, Patience Oniha. This was held on the 7th of November, Obafemi Awolowo University.
The key note speaker of the event, Fela Durotoye when addressing the audience narrated the good governance in Nigeria back in 90s. He further stressed that students enjoyed free education and accomodattion during that time in contrast to what the present government offers her citizens. He also added that one generation must know it’s race and know the time to handover to the next generation. He also stated that when a generation handover to another, it may be an advantage or a disadvantage to her people.”A generation that serves an as advantage for the next generation is a good generation and the one that destroys is a disadvantage for the next generation.
The presidential aspirant also stressed further that ” a generation that hand over wastage, the next generation will end up producing wastage generation and the trend will keep on that way”
Fela Durotoye also expressed that the next generation rest their fate of greatness over what the previous generation left behind. And every great generation must accept responsibility. “A great generation must believe, see and commit their time, effort, and energy to doing what is worth doing well for her people. And to achieve this, a great generation must understand that blaming and pointing accusing finger is not the best way to start and also not a good leadership skill either”.
“…failures plus explanation does not result to a great generation. And every great nation depends on good governance”, he added.

Fela Durotoye, when reacting to the way government handles natural resources in the country, He further pointed out that Nigeria can be the great nation we all aim and clamour for if we invest more on natural resources with the good quality and large quantity of the natural resources the country is endowed with.
And all citizens must be treated with equal rights irrespective of social differences. “A great nation is that nation where every body gets equal right across sectors, disciplines and spheres”. He further added that to get a great Nigeria, ” we have to identify every wastages in governance and set them back; by cutting the cost of governance to a favorable one to all and make governance effective. And most of all, leverage all the resources of Nigeria and re-orrientise Nigerians and get all into the meaningfulness.
The Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) presidential aspirant also reacted against the cost of democracy in the country. He noted that the money government used in practising demaocray is too much and instead, reduction should be made in allowances given to government officials in the country. “We need to review down the salaries, renumerations, of our government officials, most especially the senators. If we try to pay all the elected official the minimum wage, we will have a long way to go in serving the rest of the people. So, it is important that we must cut down the cost of governance in Nigeria” he said.
The keynote speaker also explained that the government should pay more attention to natural resources like gold present in some states in order to serve as an internally generated revenue for them. He said that there are about 11 states in the country and 28 local government fully blessed with gold and all kinds of natural resources. He made it known that if government should invest more on these states like Osun, Ondo, and their natural resources, which will strengthen the economy of the country.
The aspiring president further expressed that little have been invested in education in the past few years. He said that Nigeria government must invest in education and teachers in order to develop the country. “Nigerians are born with wings to fly and this is why everywhere Nigerians get to in the world to study, they are always among the top five. It is time we start investing in the education, especially the teachers and students by providing the learnable environment for our educational system. We must commit to investing in the future of the nation through a positive investment in to our education” he said.

The chairman of the AESC committee, Mr Afolabi Junior, pointed out that the programme was not only to sensitise people about the state of the country’s economy but key to mapping out the developmental issues as regards the economy of the country with a view to finding a lasting solution to the backwardness of the country.

A representative of United capital PLC; Mr Ore Ajayi an online market space company, while addressing the audience to go about solving the economy challenge of the country with the “investNow” platform said that the global space on the internet has several planned products that every person can invest into with a favorable market product. He however said that the key activities is to work with the officials of the company and have investment of any capital done in a worthwhile state to keep generating a life long fund from the investment.


Why Students find Mathematics so difficult

Gabriel Harper a  Freelance Brain Surgeon provided some tips on the main reason why students find mathematics so difficult 

There are certainly a lot of reasons, but I think these lie at the core:

  1. For most sane human beings, math is an incomprehensibly mind-numbing and entirely fruitless exercise in cerebral fitness; nothing more.
  2. Math teachers tend to be complete nerds who are great with numbers and terrible at connecting with people.
  3. Math teachers are typically inept at associating math lessons with reality.
  4. Math is completely unemotional for most people. It doesn’t engage you on any personal level. Without any spark of feeling to drive a student’s interest, they will never become captivated by the subject.

I always managed top grades in math studies and took most of the advanced courses up until college. Honestly it bored me to death, but it was pretty easy for me so I could score well without much effort.

The only time I was ever really excited about math is when I was at home, programming my 8086. I got a 486 when I was around 12-13 and started coding 3D transformation algorithms for a simple rendering engine I was building. I had to teach myself the math, and I actually found it pretty intuitive because it fit into a greater purpose; it had context in a project that I was really passionate about completing.

It didn’t dawn on me how little I actually cared about math for the sake of math until I started taking advanced courses as a freshman in college. The professor sucked. He wrote his own course book and it was almost completely illegible (it didn’t help that I hate sloppy handwriting). He was everything you would expect in a stereotypical mathematician: impersonal, disconnected from his students, and obsessed with numbers. Not once did we get out of our seats and put our theories and knowledge to the test in any real life circumstances. Not once did he approach students individually to discover their innate talents or interests. He might has well have been a talking textbook. It was an absolute bore, and it permanently threw a wet blanket on any interest I had in the subject for many years.

The sad thing is that I absolutely love physics. If I hadn’t pursued a career in computers, it probably would have been physics (or neurology, but I didn’t quite discover my passion for the subject until much later in life). Unfortunately physics has extreme demands for mathematical ability. If only I had somehow brought the two together years ago, it probably would have given me some passion for the subject.

It seems to me that once you get beyond the basics, math studies really need to have a place in the bigger picture. Teaching advanced concepts & math history without any thought to application is possibly the most effective way to drive students away from the subject.


Keeping Your Teeth Clean

Brushing your teeth twice daily helps to remove the plaque and food particles between the teeth and helps to maintain optimal oral health.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a good tooth paste.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
  • A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdentally cleaner. Decay – causing bacteria sill linger between teeth where tooth brush bristles can’t reach. This helps to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and oral checkups.

Antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes reduce the bacterial count and inhibit bacterial activity in dental plaque, which can cause gingivitis, an early, reversible form of periodontal (gum) disease.

Source: iCliniq.com