Free education has already made a big impact in the Sri Lankan society. However, it is not a 100% open education system as we expected. For example, learners from rural community face several issues when they need to access educational services including resources for learning. This critical national issue can be addressed through Online learning integration with the education services.
Online learning in Sri Lanka is on the rise, as School leavers and Undergraduates now find themselves with other obligations beyond getting a degree. Jobs and family commitments make equal demands on their time, while having the option of taking online classes and studying on their own time is critically important. The Government and many agencies are implementing several projects to establish Online learning infrastructure, however, they are not scalable and sustainable to enhance Online learning at the national level.
everjobs Sri Lanka MD and Country Manager Félix Lienau adds, “It is very important to develop the literacy level using the ICT infrastructure that at the national level. Learning becomes stronger when there is a continuous engagement with learning resources as well as other stakeholders (fellow learners, experienced learners and facilitators/teachers). The Online learning framework could help to develop lifelong learning skills. At the same time, acceptable and affordable certification is required at different competency levels allowing learners to continue their education.”
Most people assume that online classes will be easier than those taken in a traditional classroom, however this isn’t the case. Online instructors will assign more reading materials than required in a regular classroom to ensure that students are engaged. Motivation is key to an online student’s success as is his/ her ability to reach out to both instructors and fellow students.
Success in an online course often depends on how connected a student feels to his instructor and fellow students, just like in a traditional classroom. Attendees will be able to learn at their own pace and minor problems as simple as finding a place to take classes.
Local businesses can also benefit from online learning. A recent everjobs survey reveals that, Online learning not only trains the workers of the future, it can also provide a career path for a professional or an unemployed with a desire to learn new skills. Employers should recommend online courses that will help with career advancement and if possible offer tuition re-imbursement.
Sri Lanka should look into online learning as a leverage for growth and a tool to facilitate access to knowledge. It can make a big difference for the next generation and foster entrepreneurship with tailored programs.