Calls for a national e-learning audit

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the herald

Youth Interactive Correspondent

The pomp and fanfare always hosts events where gadgets and e-learning platforms are unveiled in schools and colleges, but little is then reported on the use of the same resources and the benefits obtained by students. targeted.

It is obvious that there is little information about schools and colleges that excel and fail in online learning.

The impact of e-learning on educational institutions needs to be known, specifically the success rate.

Stakeholders, especially students who are portrayed as beneficiaries, also deserve to know the standards of excellence for evaluating the use of resources.

Parents and school development associations that fundraise for infrastructure like computer labs also deserve to know.

Caleb Mutisi, a Bachelor of Education student at the Open University of Zimbabwe, said, “The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has a marvelous vision for using ICT effectively and efficiently across the education sector. education, thereby enabling all learners to reach their full potential.

“What is missing now are the defined standards of excellence for online learning that school and college authorities must adhere to.

It is necessary to establish key performance indicators and determine the tools you will need to guide them well.

It will also inspire and guide learner-centered schools to deliver quality services, while exposing and shaming school authorities who merely sit on online learning resources and those who offer products half cooked. ” he said.

Rumbidzai Karimanzira, who is studying for a Bachelor of Science majoring in accounting at Chinhoyi University of Technology, lamented that there was insufficient information about e-learning when registering.

“Before registering, I didn’t know that it was necessary to bring a gadget. I was then informed by someone who had referred me from home of the need to have one. Although the university has a computer lab and a self-explanatory platform, but it was during the initiation that I was told the basics.

“Information about e-learning products offered by colleges and requirements should be readily available to prospective students in advance so that they make informed decisions and enroll armed with the appropriate gadgets as well as prerequisite skills such as basic computer knowledge,” she said.

According to Karimanzira’s testimony, this shows that there is a huge information and skills gap.

Line ministries should audit all institutions, from ECD to universities, to ensure that they deliver what is expected and meet the standards set in the national e-learning policy.

The audit will allow parents to identify professional online learning institutions ready to fulfill their aspirations while comparing them against national and international standards, just as they publish the list of Zimsec success rates.

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