The government, through a collaboration between the Education Ministry and Communication Ministry is working on setting up a universal cloud based platform for all universities in the country to enhance the respective online learning programmes being undertaken in various tertiary institutions in the country.
This was disclosed by the University Students of Association of Ghana in statement signed by its Press and Information Secretary, Kwadwo Yeboah Murdock.
According to USAG, a proposal on the implementation of the platform has already been drafted and measures to deal with any challenge that may come up during the rolling-out of the programme have been put in place.
Although the public universities will be largest beneficiaries of this, USAG says private tertiary institutions can also subscribe to access the platform.
“The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Ministry of Communication upon thorough feasibility studies, analyses, consultations and statistics gathering on providing a more feasible and reliable platform for all Public Universities, has successfully come up with a draft proposal detailing efforts to develop a cloud based platform to be adopted by all Public Universities and also give the opportunity to interested Private Universities to subscribe to the platform. Inherent in the draft is mitigating measures to curtail challenges that would arise during the implementation process country,” part of the statement reads
What is the universal cloud-based platform about?
USAG says that this form is online learning is cost-effective and helps improve long-term retention of data and information.
The Cloud based E-learning is cognitive science principles and excellent solution for learners to have effective multimedia learning using electronic educational technology. Cloud based E-learning is a fast, efficient procedure for learning and cost-effective as per the user’s ease as well as organization’s profitability. It simply assists the users in learning specific program or subject and subsequently improves the long-term retention of data and information.
They add that the platform will offer innovative ways of undertaking academic activity.
Tertiary institutions migrate to online learning
Following a directive from President Nana Akufo-Addo that all schools in the country should close down as part of the government’s measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, tertiary institutions have migrated their academic activities online.
Whilst some students have raised concerns over the possibility of their colleagues to be at a disadvantage considering the digital divide in the country, efforts have been made by some universities to ensure that no student misses out on academic work.
At the University of Ghana, for instance, students have been given the option of taking their courses during an intensive 3-week teaching period after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided and before the university resumes for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Also, the students may also decide to take the courses over the next three years, upon resumption of the university.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey│universnewsroom.com