The Nigeria Computer Society has called for legislations that will enforce electronic learning (e-learning) in academic institutions, saying it has become crucial to quality of education in the country.
The President, NCS, Prof Adesina Sodiya, in a statement on Sunday, said accreditation of higher institutions henceforth should be based on available resources for e-learning.
He explained that e-learning systems should be gradually introduced as students ascend the intellectual ladder from the primary level to the tertiary as this was regarded as blended learning.
He said, “The establishments of e-learning centres across the nation must be accredited based on certain requirements.
“The e-learning materials must be scientifically peer-reviewed in the standard required for a publication in a scientific journal.
“Criteria for the review must include the assessment whether the material recognises and meets the needs of hematologists and their patients.”
He stated that e-learning could accelerate the number of educated people as not everyone had been able to afford the cost of enrolling for a degree or certification.
Sodiya noted that the country was still lagging in the area of ICT infrastructure and access to the Internet.
He highlighted other impediments to learning online as inadequate funding, poverty, low knowledge of learning content creation, development and management as well as poor electricity.
The NCS president said, “E-learning in Nigeria however is still a dream because of poor ICT infrastructure and other socio-economic reasons.
“Due to the very high primary cost of infrastructural development and to increase public access to the Internet and other ICTs, the nation is still far behind from getting benefits from online learning system.
According to him, institutions, organisations and individuals may have suffered from limited resources and awareness, inadequate manpower and training, instability in energy, and poor Internet and network facilities in their bid to exploit complete utilisation of e-learning facilities.
Sodiya noted that it was important to provide an enabling environment for e-learning systems in order to successfully adopt it in Nigeria.