Blog 3 (Fall 2016) – E-learning, by Arian Nicole Aragaki

The techniques of learning have changed a lot over the years. In the past, we had absolutely no use of technology. All of our education came from other resources like books, studies, etc. As time went on, technology has developed and has made a huge impact in our world.

E-learning was developed in order to help to educate people without having to be on campus or at a school. It greatly influenced the level of education people are now capable of receiving, especially in the developing countries. This type of learning is a very convenient way to educate students because they are able to work and get the assignments done on their own time. Another benefit to this would be that you do not need to commute anywhere. For the developing countries, it is hard for them because many times they either have no transportation or very poor transportation systems. Infrastructural costs can be tough for people in developing countries. When you think about education, you need to pay for tuition, textbooks, fees, etc., but with e-learning, you will never have to pay for these things. Many of the developing countries do not have the money to build a university or an actual learning facility, which is why e-learning is so beneficial.

A mobile device is very common for people in our society to have. For most people, they are constantly using it and are very attached to the mobile device. About 80% of our population owns a mobile device. With an education, this helps to increase the chance of becoming employed by some type of company.

I focused on Latin America, India, and Africa and the benefits they had with e-learning in their countries. Latin America has been known for a while for being the most violent regions. They have also been known for the serious amounts of drug trade that goes on. Because there are such a large number of people in prison, e-learning has helped to change Latin America by providing online education programs in prison. According do the studies, e-learning has helped in reducing the chances of an inmate in returning back to prison once being released. In India, they have already invested about $20 billion for their online education they are currently involved in. It has been predicted that they will increase the amount they will spend to $40 billion by 2017. India has about 18,000 higher education institutions and 1 million schools that benefit from e-learning resources. Because India has poor transportation and low income, e-learning will help many of the students living here. India’s government’s e-learning program uses the Akash tablet, which is being sold for $50. They created this tablet so that it is affordable for the students. Africa has been recognized as the highest usage of e-learning compared to the other places. Students located in Somalia are able to take classes at Indiana University. In Africa, they have African Virtual University and they are involved with 29 distant learning centers. This university uses Skype and the WhatsApp to communicate with students and their professors. The mobile operator MTN created an Android phone at the low cost of $45. I believe e-learning is beneficial to everyone.

Resource: Wilson, Lily. “Utilizing ELearning In Developing Countries: ELearning   Breakthroughs In 2015.” ELearning Industry RSS. N.p., 06 July 2015.   Web. 19 Oct. 2016. <https://elearningindustry.com/utilizing-  elearning-in-developing-countries-elearning-breakthroughs-2015>.

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