Mr. Samuel Nii Dodoo, Education Chairman of Internet Society (ISOC) – Ghana Chapter, has called for the establishment of a Council for Electronic Learning (E-learning) to help improve teaching and learning in the country.
He said E-learning offers opportunities in using the internet to deliver customised and interactive learning materials and programmes to diverse local and distant communities of practice.
He also called for a paradigm shift from what he describes as the “brick and mortar, and strict one-jacket fits all education” to create room for open schooling.
Mr. Dodoo made this call at the 2016 Ghana Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Accra on the theme, “Building a strong multi-stakeholder model for a sustainable development of the internet in Ghana.”
The Forum sought to discuss key issues on internet governance in Ghana, such as cyber security, affordable access, critical internet infrastructure, data protection and openness, child safety and many other topical issues on global IGF scenes, which are also relevant to Ghana.
Mr. Dodoo gave statistics on the Global E-Learning revenues increased from $35.6 billion in 2011 to $51.5 billion in 2016, whereas in Africa, E-Learning revenues recorded were $332.9 million in 2013 to $512.7 million in 2016.
He said there was evidence that the ever increasing African population was willing to engage with new technology-based tools to improve their education and knowledge.
He said in the situation where physical educational infrastructure could not be expanded at the rate at which the population was increasing, there was a need to adopt e-learning as done in other developed countries, to bridge the gap.
On the prospects of E-learning, Mr Dodoo said it was flexible, of good quality, accessible and cost effective for an individual to undertake.
He said E-learning could help institutions to increase their enrolment, adding that it was cost effectiveness and optimises resources for both schools and students.
Ms. Dorothy Gordon, Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, urged the private sector to take the lead in promoting the use of E-learning.
Ghana IGF is a platform that seeks to draw together all stakeholders of the internet industry including users, network operators, lawyers, and software developers to discuss governance issues around the internet in Ghana.
The 2016 Ghana IGF is being held in the light of massive infrastructure developments over the last few years and issues of security online.