Many thanks for your contributions. Discussion was somewhat limited last week so I am hoping things will pick up from today If you have any ideas, please suggest ways we can stimulate the discussion further. You are of course warmly encouraged to post your own questions related to employability as well as responding to those already posted.
The role of ODL and Technology enhanced Learning (TEL) in alleviating challenges identified in week 1.
Regarding financial constraints that stand on the way of many people and absence of entrepreneurial content in curriculum, ODL comes to the rescue in several ways.
First , costs of journeying to and from campus several times annually until graduation, of subsistence on campus and of buying publications and meeting other incidentals far exceed those of a computer/mobile device and Internet connection needed for ODL.
Second , course-relevant online OERs available at no other cost than that of Internet connection are more than any student can contain.
Third , Many DL providers who charge fees (especially in developed countries) are in the habit of offering registration fee waivers and further scholarships to learners who need them (without restrictions) unlike campus-based traditional institutions.
Fourth , ODL and TEL (technology-enhanced learning) tend toward independence of learners, which helps learners acquire problem-solving and other job-relevant skills, and by using technology in the process, learners also acquire technology skills that are the need of jobs of today and the future. All these increase job-readiness and employability.
Challenges associated with recognition of ODL in India.
Organizations discriminate online and distance education mode of education. “In our country in some cases especially professional and technical courses students have to go to court for justice so that their degree is considered for employment, higher education or promotion.”
Reliability and accessibility of internet provision.
In Nigeria, much of the internet is accessed through mobile data – phones and cyber cafes. Wi-Fi isn’t common outside campuses and big hotels, and V-SAT connectivity, which powered cybercafes in the past, is being overlooked as obsolete.
Much improvement is needed in terms of stability although mobile connectivity has improved so much from what it was a few years back. Cost for internet is in decline due to market forces but again there is still much room for improvement.
The rate of Unemployment
“Unemployment is a major international concern as outlined by ILO. Each country has its unique challenges. In my country, the Seychelles, unemployment is fairly low, at around 3% but youth unemployment is another matter in itself because it is currently the highest in the country which is about 14%. Many attempts are being made to address the problem such as special employment schemes for young people and the construction of a technical school to train school leavers in meaningful occupations.”
Please continue to post your comments and ideas relating to week one and week 2