Online classes have become a hit in the recent times. The year 2020 saw a particular rise in the online learning sector, as the educational institutes all across the globe took a conscious route towards the online teaching and learning.
Looking back at the history of education, online and distance learning were not considered to be of same quality as that of the traditional class room learning. But this year due to the disruption created by the pandemic and the necessity of moving towards a virtual learning broke the myth about the quality of online learning as such.
While online learning was majorly popular for the certification or short-term courses now the scene is completely opposite. Also, the fact that online learning mode was preferred mainly by those who wanted to save money or carry on their profession alongside, but now online education has come to the mainstream, and is no more an option for the selective few.
The evolving technology in the last couple of years have been the primary reason for all the universities and schools to go online. With the video conference platforms, the classes have now reached to the students. Number of software and applications have been developed in just the last few months to support the education system.
Not just the classes but even the exams are being conducted online and there are enabling software to monitor students during the exams. This poses a question on the future of the online learning, which is whether the remote learning is going to be normalized.
Why is online learning a revolution for the future education structure?
The internet right now has a plethora of information on online learning. There are countless number of courses available. There are even free courses offered by reputed institutions. Online learning in the true is transforming the educational space into a more global culture.
With the help of internet one can access and enroll for any class and receive the certification. Online learning has the potential to break the barriers of knowledge deliverance, though there are conditions on that and some solutions are yet to be deciphered.
But as we see the years to come being equipped in online education is a strategic priority to understand and implement for development. Even the post post-pandemic era is supposed to witness a major digital transformation, and online learning if not replace will become an extension of the regular classes.
The impact majorly would be seen in terms of higher education, as the students can now take up online education not just as a part time course. The number of international students in universities are to increase in number, as physical availability will not be a matter. Even international seminars and deliberations by eminent scholars will now be conducted online on a regular basis.
Online learning in Uganda
We have come a long way in terms of educational development in Uganda, and definitely we have a long way ahead to cover. The educational infrastructure may have lacked to support the education system of the country, but the zeal and enthusiasm to learn and evolve have only grown higher. And as we understand online learning in Uganda has received a mix attention.
The universities are trying their rounds with on online learning and colleges are trying to bring into the limelight the online degree courses as well. But the numbers are yet to grow. Whereas the schools and the primary education sector still seems to be skeptical about accepting the online learning and particularly that about the assessment of the students’ performance.
It is enthralling to witness the universities and colleges taking their steps ahead in this transformation and leading the way in the country to be followed by others. While online education and online degree courses are no more a substitute, the change is yest to be accepted in a wider range.
The journey of humankind from ignorance to education has never seen a complete and sudden transformation like the one from real to virtual classrooms before. Though it is not a completely new concept.
Amongst the pioneer in Uganda are few colleges and universities who are marching forward on this path, and making online learning and online degree courses in Uganda the next big thing, one of the names worth mentioning in this list would be Cavendish University Uganda (CUU). It is one of the leading private universities of Uganda and was established in the year 2008. The university is licensed and accredited by the Uganda national Council for Higher Education.
The university has a number of courses starting from, certificate, diploma, bachelor’s to master’s level. It also offers a number of programs to choose from which are all well researched and designed and market relevant. And the one particular point because of which the university gains a special mention here is its accreditation from NCHE for conducting online learning.
The team from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) conducted an inspection visit and thoroughly evaluated the preparedness of the university to carry on the online teaching and learning.
Consequently, the NCHE has approved Cavendish University Uganda (CUU) to roll out emergency Open, Distance, and E-learning (ODeL) for all its accredited programs. This makes the university one of the foremost officially permitted online teaching and learning center, or one of the pioneering online university in Uganda.
Reportedly the university was one of the few educational institutes which did not shut down completely during the COVID 19-Lockdown, and was able to facilitate the existing students with the E-learning opportunities.
And now with the official permission from the authorities, the university is all set to intake students for full-fledged online degree courses. Students who are worried for their academics amidst the pandemic can definitely check for the programs offered by CUU.
The university as directed by the NCHE is providing online learning facilities for all its accredited course from its all four Faculties of Law, Science and Technology, Business and Management, and Socio and economic Sciences