History Of E-learning In Nigeria

The development of e-learning in Nigeria could be traced back to the development of telecommunication which began in 1886 when e-cable connections was established by the colonial masters between Lagos and the colonial office in London to transmit information and receive feedback. By 1893 all government offices in Lagos were provided with telephone services for easy communication and later, other parts of the country were provided with telephone services (Ajadi et al., 2008). They further stressed that in Nigerian schools, the commonest type of e-learning adopted was in form of lecture notes on CD-ROM which can be played when the learners desire. The challenge of this method is that number of students per computer was unattractive as compared to when lectures are being received in the classrooms.

The Federal Government’s E-Learning Initiative in the Education Sector as part of the Federal Ministry of Education’s commitment to enhance creation and delivery through the application of ICT, and also to meet up with the national, regional and global developmental goals in line with the Roadmap as approved by the Federal Executive Council, constituted an exploratory Committee to look at the possibility of deploying e-learning across the Nigerian education sector through Public-Private Partnership.

The Federal Ministry of Education has produced policy on E-Learning. This has been approved by the National Council on Education but up till now it is yet to be officially launched. It is hoped that the policy will be widely publicized once it is launched since Advocacy strategies will be employed to enhance public participation.

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