In Summary
  • Online education has a legion of benefits. The courses cost significantly lower than their on-the-ground counterparts.

  • Online learning tools break the barriers of distance and location, and link students from furthest fringes of the country or continent to good education.

  • The courses also offer convenience: It is easy to combine them with work or other duties that would prevent one from acquiring higher education.

The recent revelation that students have shunned nearly 100 university courses is sobering. In their analysis, students and by extension the community, can’t see a future in pursuing those courses.

It is a revelation that spells doom for universities and the lecturers who offer the neglected courses. It’s just one of the challenges keeping universities’ management on edge. Even before the Cabinet Secretary for Education made this disclosure, many Kenyan universities were gasping for financial breath.

LOWER COST

In the last decade, university education has expanded, exceeding demand, and at the same time, employment opportunities have diminished. Parents decry the high cost of education and have to make tough choices for their kids to take higher education.

Universities around the world invest heavily in online education as one way to cope with the financial concerns faced by our universities. Online education is buoyed by the confluence of new technologies, global adoption of the Internet, and intensifying demand for a workforce trained periodically for the ever-evolving digital economy.

Online education has a legion of benefits. The courses cost significantly lower than their on-the-ground counterparts. Online learning tools break the barriers of distance and location, and link students from furthest fringes of the country or continent to good education.

The courses also offer convenience: It is easy to combine them with work or other duties that would prevent one from acquiring higher education.

Online courses offer students greater control over their own learning by enabling them to work at their own pace. More engaging multimedia content, greater access to their instructor and fellow classmates via online chat contributes to improved retention.

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