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Can Nigeria Public Universities Really Afford The Cost Of E-learning? by Mannyemmy(m): 10:08pm On Feb 02, 2021
Due to the daily numbers of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, most institutions has been forced to engage their students online.
My neighbour who just resumed school today in UNIBEN told me that they held an online class in a WhatsApp group and that he somehow likes it simply because of the stress of going to a physical class but he confessed to me that the WhatsApp class wasn't really engaging and interactive and I was furious why would a university like UNIBEN not afford a e-learning center in a notable platform like zoom or is that they don't have the money? What about other public universities in Nigeria?
My fellow nairalanders, I need your input as I intend starting up an edtech company to solve these problem.
Re: Can Nigeria Public Universities Really Afford The Cost Of E-learning? by Mannyemmy(m): 10:09pm On Feb 02, 2021
Please mods, push it to the front page for more views

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Re: Can Nigeria Public Universities Really Afford The Cost Of E-learning? by edoairways: 12:04am On Feb 03, 2021
Mannyemmy as it stand now, uniben has limited funds. There are many factors to consider before embarking on online classes especially in our public universities. Some of the mitigating factors are;
1. Data cost: Some public universities lack WiFi connectivity to start with hence they may rely on data service providers. The question you should ask, who pays for the data? Don't forget some public universities are underfunded and those lecturers only fought for their pockets( ASUU strike). Don't expect some lecturers to use their money to buy data. Aside this, some students can't bear the cost of subscribing to the internet especially zoom video calls as it consumes about 400mb per hour. Assuming 5 lectures were to hold same day, they might use up to 2 gig . Some persons suggested in another thread that students should use their house rent to buy data. What they fail to understand is the fact that some students still squat in hostels (within or outside). They fail to consider poor power supply and high cost of fuel to power generating sets ( for those who have).
2. Poor network connectivity/signals: Let's assume that schools were to use Zoom as suggested by you, the sender and the receiver may have issues in their conversation. In most cases, bad network signal may disrupt the lectures. You have to consider the poor service delivery by our Internet Service Providers
3. Exposure: Some lecturers find it difficult to use Zoom. They may not opt in rather they may use WhatsApp ( that is if they can operate it.). To worsened things, they just send materials via that platform with the expectation that students may read.
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Re: Can Nigeria Public Universities Really Afford The Cost Of E-learning? by Mannyemmy(m): 2:37am On Feb 03, 2021
edoairways:
Mannyemmy as it stand now, uniben has limited funds. There are many factors to consider before embarking on online classes especially in our public universities. Some of the mitigating factors are;
1. Data cost: Some public universities lack WiFi connectivity to start with hence they may rely on data service providers. The question you should ask, who pays for the data? Don't forget some public universities are underfunded and those lecturers only fought for their pockets( ASUU strike). Don't expect some lecturers to use their money to buy data. Aside this, some students can't bear the cost of subscribing to the internet especially zoom video calls as it consumes about 400mb per hour. Assuming 5 lectures were to hold same day, they might use up to 2 gig . Some persons suggested in another thread that students should use their house rent to buy data. What they fail to understand is the fact that some students still squat in hostels (within or outside). They fail to consider poor power supply and high cost of fuel to power generating sets ( for those who have).
2. Poor network connectivity/signals: Let's assume that schools were to use Zoom as suggested by you, the sender and the receiver may have issues in their conversation. In most cases, bad network signal may disrupt the lectures. You have to consider the poor service delivery by our Internet Service Providers
3. Exposure: Some lecturers find it difficult to use Zoom. They may not opt in rather they may use WhatsApp ( that is if they can operate it.). To worsened things, they just send materials via that platform with the expectation that students may read.
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Wow, Lalasticlala

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