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The Changing Face of Education and the Dilemma of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions: Implications for Development

Wogu, Ikedinachi Ayodele Power and Olu-Owolabi, F. E and Atayero, A. A. and Sholarin, M. A. and Ugbogu, P. C. and Ogbuehi, U. Kingsley and Akoleowo, V. O. (2016) The Changing Face of Education and the Dilemma of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions: Implications for Development. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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Abstract

On-going studies indicates that the changing face of education via online instruction has drastically turned the tables on the essence of the flipped classroom where usually class work goes home and home work comes to class, a scenario referred to as ‘education tsunami’. Aside the psychological and ethical problems arising from this scenario, preliminary studies carried out among Nigerian tertiary institutions revealed that most students tend to feel their fingers burnt out when they fail to get expected results from the exercise (enrolling in a Massive Open Online Course ‘MOOC’ programme). While employing the traditional methods of rational critical analysis in philosophy to interrogate, and analyze the major contending arguments on the place and relevance of MOOCs in Nigeria’s 21st century educational development, preliminary investigations show an increasing number of students dropping out of MOOCs programmes as a result of problems ranging from distancing phobia and unnecessary anxiety. The flipped classroom model is however recommended as a method which institutions and educators need to embrace since it offers a win-win situation for both students and facilitators.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Development; Flipped Classroom; MOOC Programmes; Online Education; Tertiary Institutions; Rational Critical Analysis insert
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 12:40
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 12:40
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/6725

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