Impact of E-Learning — positive signs

Tunmibi, S., Aregbesola, A., Adejobi, P., & Ibrahim, O. (2015). Impact of E-Learning and Digitalization in Primary and Secondary Schools. Journal of Education and Practice, 6(17), 53-59.

This case study from Nigeria (Tunmibi, et al, 2015) enthusiastically supports the position that learning happens when technology is utilized, both for the student and for the teacher. Studying the digitalization process, termed Information Communication Technology (ICT), researchers sought to validate current educational practices. Survey questions given to students and teachers in the Greensprings School in Lagos State, Nigeria revealed that cognitive growth was apparent in a long list of ways: E-learning promoted better communication, accountability for learning and success (shared between the student and the teacher), efficiency, critical thinking, and collaboration. Beyond that, students had access to unlimited sources of information to help them conduct research, communicate and create knowledge. And finally, using E-learning encouraged students to learn their preferred way, to connect between subjects, to further their computer skills (for teachers, too) and in general, to bring out their best.

The perceptions of students and teachers in the survey were nearly thoroughly positive. Though a case study, the various charts reported high numbers in favor of the above list of accomplishments in the utilization of technology in those particular primary and secondary schools. If validated by other perhaps deeper inquiry, it would be a great encouragement in the debate as to whether technology affects learning at all.

Nigerian educational researchers have been seeking validation of current practices for some time; it is not a new venture for them. That is encouraging. It is one of the benefits of the world’s interconnectedness that all nations can share their findings and advance the cause of using technology in the best ways for the sake of students and their learning. As I continue to read the work of researchers everywhere, I will have a broader base of knowledge from which to draw (or at least I will have read from a broader base, acknowledging that not all research is fully laudable).

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