The trends in the job market have changed. This is observed particularly in the IT and computing industry. Now it’s so unpredictable that nobody knows who will manage to impress the employer- those having traditional degree or the self-learners.

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Traditional learners take formal training from campus based education format. Where students dedicate reasonable amount to time and money to get the qualification. Whereas self-learners might opt for Online IT diploma courses. Online diploma in information technology programmes allows students to take quality and flexible study option at affordable cost.

Online education has the potential to engage and deliver key learning and skill to the students. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is the online learning platform that offers standard education for free. Here students can learn the latest IT and computing skills. Besides, there top online institutes which dispense comprehensive, qualitative, practical and industry based learning.

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Learning In The New Format

According to the Global Developer Economics: State of the developer Nation, a survey conducted with 13,000 plus developers by the VisionMobile shows that 46% of the prompt developers have not learnt computer science from institutes. The report shows that 45% HTML5/Javascript developer belongs to this group. The survey reveals that HTML5/Javascript developer comprising 29% had learnt self and have no formal training for scripting languages.

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The survey also shows that the providers of MOOCs have the pivotal role which has helped developers to obtain skills in the related field. This includes skills such as Ruby and Python. Besides, there are MOOC programmes for Android, iOS app and web development alongside data science.

According to Coursera Technology Vertical Manager Kevin Mills, “The typical Coursera learner taking a programming or other technology course has a bachelor’s degree, is currently employed, and is between 22 and 35 years of age. Among these learners, it is about an even split between those looking to begin a new career in programming versus those seeking to advance their existing programming skills.”

There are also e-learning institutes delivering essential learning through online diploma in computing courses which facilitate relevant skill building to the students.

Time & Money Factor

Time and money are two most valuable things in life. Effective use of time is indispensable. Ask any person on the plant what is the importance of time? I am sure even school children would be able to tell you the importance of time. In the present day, time management is crucial for success. Now the question arises- Does one have ample time to attend hours of lecture in the classroom, travel and study at home? What if education system allows students to study from anywhere and anytime, which will save plenty of time. I have seen students taking the online diploma in computing and using remaining time for enhancing their knowledge.

Online IT diploma programmes including that of the MOOC does not only saves crucial time by money as well. Online diploma in information technology courses offered by online institutes is low priced. Whereas in MOOC app and web development and others are free.

So, why would anybody spend additional time and money? Especially when they have the tool like online learning that helps them to attain their purpose?

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Nigeria has been striving to rise with its planned educational development for years, but for multiple reasons like lack of proper infrastructure, militancy impacts, funding deficiencies and many more issues alike, the country could not make it successful till now. But, things are changing for better, and new measures are hoped to bring a hopeful era of all round growth with substantial developments in Nigerian education.

It is no new concept that educational developments bring forth economic growth. The most developed countries are the ones that have taken special care of educating its mass populace. In this respect Nigeria is lagging pretty behind with its current illiteracy level of 61%. But, to make considerable growth in its manpower and services such as healthcare, communication and community welfare, educational achievements plays crucial role.

Governmental Failures in Nigeria’s Education Sector

But, as for the governmental initiatives to bring good changes in educational prosperity there is nothing so encouraging, apart from the institution of National Open University, NOUN, in the year 2000. The outcome with this initiative has been quite prominent over the time since its introduction. The result was optimistic because, open learning curriculum it is not like traditional system where teaching staffs develop courses on their own, and choose the way they like to teach and assess. Student progress in the open learning environment involves multi-disciplinary experts to design courses, so that the student can meet exemplary success with innovative approaches in learning.

New Fields of Study

 As the most effective solution to an environment where funding scarcity from governmental end leads to the lack of basic educational facilities to the majority of Nigerians, open education has come up with potential benefits. With open university courses newer trends are becoming popular which show great newer possibilities of career developments. Through open online courses studies like management, IT, entertainment, various social enterprises, news reading, furniture designing, reporting for electronic media, fashion designing, content writing, event management, and many other career-oriented courses have become easy to pursue through studying online.

In 2014, distance education will have a considerable growth, as predicted. Number of universities and polytechnic colleges are forecast to increase to propagate open online education in this year.  With admission criteria and cost for regular tertiary institution continues to grow highly competitive online education is showing promising glimpses to provide easy and alternative ways of education.

International Education becomes Easy

Nigerian students who aspire for completing their higher education abroad can be benefited greatly with this emerging trend of online education. Especially, those who are classified as “middle middle class” are to take immense advantages with these open courses offered by not only their national universities, but also by many top-grade international universities as well. In another mentionable measure, private sector investment in both primary and secondary levels will grow. This is because UBE has continuously failed to meet the level of quality demanded by the parents. And, this sort of investments is supposed to focus on the actually effective educational spheres like distance education, online learning and other prospective fields of alternative education.

With the measures to bring about substantial developments in education Nigeria’s overall developments are on the ascension. If these unexplored avenues can be exploited up to their fullest potentialities, Nigerian socio-political developments as well as economic growth are something on the cards.

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The year 2013 would be forever remembered as the year of turmoil in education sector in Nigeria. In 2013, all the major unions related to education sector made everything upside down, resulting in students, parents and the whole country to experience an atmosphere of frustration with government. In short, there has been a surging negativity prevailed on the Nigerian education in 2013.

Indefinite Strike by Academic Staff Union of University

First, there was a six-month long dismal contention by the Academic Staff Union of University, ASSU, regarding the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement the union and the Federal government. A major move within the period of strike was the removal of the Education Minister, Ruqayyatu Rufai, in a big reshuffle of the cabinet. And, immediately she joined ASUU, taking its stance to press Federal Government with their unrealized demands. President Goodluck Jonathan supplanted the sacked Minister with Nyesom Wike, who was the Minister of State for Education then.

Another Massive Strike by Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic

Then, there was another strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP, which commenced on 16 July and went on for two long months. That was, however, not all. On the 4th of October the union again started the strike. On December 17th the Federal Government announced that it had already met 80 percent of the demands they raised.

Boko Haram Terrorist Attack on School

That was not enough! In September, Boko Haram terrorists launched violent attack on the College of agriculture, Yobe State. The vicious act took its toll in killing of an unspecified number of students. Such a heinous crime it was that at the time when most of these students were asleep in their dormitory, the attackers started firing on them. Then, the terrorists set fire to the dormitories and classrooms. After the incident the institution remained closed for 10 weeks.

Accidental Demise of NANS Senate President

On June 13, NANS Senate President, Donald Onukaogu, and a few others met an auto crash on their way to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, and died.

N15.72 billion million for bilingual education from Islamic Development Bank

The Federal Government and the Islamic Development Bank signed a $98 million (N15.72 billion) bilingual education deal for the schools of Alamjiri. The deal was targeted on educate the people of the country with Alamjiri system. The money has been planned in using to diminish the gap between formal and non-formal education.

Within such disturbance-reigned atmosphere Nigerian education sector was striving to regain a healthy environment to think on vast developments that have yet to be done in the country. What is most hopeful for the country is that many renowned education providers and universities of educationally developed countries have started flocking at Nigerian education scenario, which if exploited fully can start a new beginning in the country’s progress. Nigerian people have to be more aware of the latest ongoing taken place in education sector, and how they can make the most out of these beneficial grounds.

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The latest and most fantastic way of education has already become identical with the methodology employed by online education. People had a little doubt over this unconventional mode of education, which with the involvement of world’s greatest universities in structuring online courses has been vanished.

Yet, to ascertain the maximum outcome out of any online learning programme there are certain factors that must take into account. An online course must reflect clear idea about what students can expect from it and what career opportunity can it promise. Similarly, students should be clear in their approach what they expect from their online learning programme.

In any online learning programme various types of support students get stand as one of the attractive factors. Those who are planning for taking up online education as their preferred mode of study should take prior view of such support allotment by visiting the website of any programme. Generally, the student support is indicated by the tag “Guide to Study” or something like that. If this type of place is missing in their website the indication is they are careless or not so concerned about student support. Students need not have to be told what they should do with this sort of course provider!

Management of Studying

Some think that online learning is much easier to go with, which is not exactly the actual thing. Online learning requires exactly the same level of dedication as in any in-person course. The benefit with online course only lies in its convenient design which students find easy to cope with. So, when someone is considering for an online course he/she must make a thorough planning of studying. In online learning proper time management for study is very important. Students must not take the liberty of time so casually as to neglect their regular study habit.

Decide right course

The comparatively easier and flexible eligibility criteria might deliver wrong message to a candidate in deciding his/her course. He may not succeed to secure his admission in an on-campus institute for a particular subject, and find easier to get admission into any online programme. But, what is important is to think thoroughly whether he would be able to carry out the course curriculum or not.  Indiscreet decision can lead the student in a measurable condition.

Quality instructors

Instructor play significant roles to make any course qualitatively successful, so through research regarding instructors associated with any online programme should be surveyed responsibly. One can always take thorough look at the instructors’ web profile to get fair idea about their reputation. Communicating with senior students to know their experience about such instructors is another good way to gather knowledge.

Alumni Feedback

 Paying considerable attention to what alumni comments on any course, what prospects they have found is incredibly profitable to decide for any course.

Online learning is really an advantageous medium to get education with an easy design that students find easy to cope with. Only with some discreet decisions one can make his online study truly successful.

The latest and most fantastic way of education has already become identical with the methodology employed by online education. People had a little doubt over this unconventional mode of education, which with the involvement of world’s greatest universities in structuring online courses has been vanished.

Yet, to ascertain the maximum outcome out of any online learning programme there are certain factors that must take into account. An online course must reflect clear idea about what students can expect from it and what career opportunity can it promise. Similarly, students should be clear in their approach what they expect from their online learning programme.

In any online learning programme various types of support students get stand as one of the attractive factors. Those who are planning for taking up online education as their preferred mode of study should take prior view of such support allotment by visiting the website of any programme. Generally, the student support is indicated by the tag “Guide to Study” or something like that. If this type of place is missing in their website the indication is they are careless or not so concerned about student support. Students need not have to be told what they should do with this sort of course provider!

Management of Studying

Some think that online learning is much easier to go with, which is not exactly the actual thing. Online learning requires exactly the same level of dedication as in any in-person course. The benefit with online course only lies in its convenient design which students find easy to cope with. So, when someone is considering for an online course he/she must make a thorough planning of studying. In online learning proper time management for study is very important. Students must not take the liberty of time so casually as to neglect their regular study habit.

Decide right course

The comparatively easier and flexible eligibility criteria might deliver wrong message to a candidate in deciding his/her course. He may not succeed to secure his admission in an on-campus institute for a particular subject, and find easier to get admission into any online programme. But, what is important is to think thoroughly whether he would be able to carry out the course curriculum or not.  Indiscreet decision can lead the student in a measurable condition.

Quality instructors

Instructor play significant roles to make any course qualitatively successful, so through research regarding instructors associated with any online programme should be surveyed responsibly. One can always take thorough look at the instructors’ web profile to get fair idea about their reputation. Communicating with senior students to know their experience about such instructors is another good way to gather knowledge.

Alumni Feedback

Paying considerable attention to what alumni comments on any course, what prospects they have found is incredibly profitable to decide for any course.

Online learning is really an advantageous medium to get education with an easy design that students find easy to cope with. Only with some discreet decisions one can make his online study truly successful.

 

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Higher education is very important to surge ahead in life and build a grand career. This is a universal truth and there’s no denying it. A bachelor’s degree is integral in one’s life to ensure a good job. There are many students who attend traditional colleges to earn their degree. However, not every student, who is eager to study, can pursue their education after school as there are many restrictions. For example, students in developing countries like Nigeria don’t get a chance to attend college for various reasons. Mostly, people in developing countries can’t afford to go to college as the financial condition is unstable and college fees are extremely high.

As economic conditions are unsteady in developing countries, most students start working right after they finish school. Therefore, there is no way they can do both, work and attend class at college. Also, there are many students who live in remote places that are far away from educational institutions and travelling long distances becomes tedious. However, there is a way through which students these days can earn a bachelor’s degree without having to compromise on much. Distance learning is one of the best ways, which has been introduced to eager students, to earn a good bachelor’s degree.

Why is distance learning one of the best ways of earning a bachelor’s degree?

In the beginning, distance education meant studying in correspondence, which was also quite tedious because courses were less fun and were not all interactive. With the advent of the internet and the popularity of doing things online, distance education too, shifted to this mode. Through distance education, the bachelor’s degree syllabus is broken down so comfortably that it becomes easy for a busy person to stay at home and study. Here are a few advantages of studying an online bachelor degree by distance learning.

The online bachelor’s degree courses are flexible

The fact that these courses are flexible makes them viable for students who work or handle the entire household singlehandedly. These courses can be studied anytime, anywhere. Therefore, a student can go to work and study at the same time. They can either study before they leave for work or after they get back. They can study in between household chores. So, there are no restrictions about when and where they have to study.

The online bachelor’s degree courses help you save

The online bachelor’s degree courses can be studied from the comfort of your own home without crossing borders or even travelling long distances. These degree courses help you save money on tuition fees, conveyance, food and lodging.

With many other advantages similar to these, studying the bachelor’s degree online is an extremely convenient for students across the globe to get better jobs and move ahead in their careers.