eLearning and Distance learning offers a way to boost your career with additional qualifications whilst continuing in your normal lifestyle. Distance learning is provided by many higher-level institutions in Zambia. eLearning covers all forms of education that use electronic media and ICT. Whilst the eLearning concept may be new in Zambia, there are many eLearning channels available via the internet. Even for postgraduate qualifications, you may be able to find an institution that offers 100% online masters through to doctoral degrees in many areas. eLearning is relatively undeveloped in Zambia but has huge potential for all levels of education – from school to college and beyond.
Differences between eLearning and Distance learning
The advancement of technology and the varied educational institutions, each providing a number of courses or degrees, has led to a confusing variety of terms in the field of eLearning and Distance learning. If you are considering pursuing an online course or a distance learning degree, you will first need to understand what each type of learning offers. That way, you can make an informed decision and avoid any mix-up.
This is learning using electronic technologies to access educational curricula outside of a traditional classroom. The courses are specifically delivered via the internet to somewhere other than the classroom where the lecturer is teaching. eLearning is sometimes interactive in that students can also communicate with their lecturers, professors or other students in their class. Sometimes it is delivered live, where students can electronically raise their hand and interact in real-time and sometimes it is a lecture that has been pre-recorded.
This is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom. In Zambia, such learning has its roots in students learning through correspondence courses. Materials are produced by an institution and are either sent directly to the student or more usually today accessed via email. There may be occasional face-to-face encounters with tutors.
There has been an increasing number of colleges and universities offering eLearning and Distance learning opportunities in the country. Both students and institutions have embraced this programme with good reason. Institutions benefit by adding students without having to build lecture theatres and housing, and students get the advantages of being able to work where and when they choose.