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Hybrid education

Hybrid education can increase the number of people in education in Africa. The biggest obstacle to e-Learning in Africa is really bandwidth. Underseas cables should provide more bandwidth to Africa this year in 2010, but there are still obstacles with unstable electricity supply, lack of computer equipment and internet access at schools. Practical problems should be solved first. Blended courses could allow African students to continue working towards a degree from any remote location they intent to be. 

Traditionally, most of the e-Learning classes tend to be driven by the students themselves. Because there is not a traditional classroom and a teacher, the students must use their own determination and drive to learn the material as it is presented. Most often the material is presented either electronically or through interactive slideshows that let the students practice along as the lesson plays out. If they get stuck on a concept or need assistance the teacher and fellow students are just a click away through the use of email and online discussion forums. E-Learning courses provide also access to education for older and working professionals, but there are difficulties to overcome if online education is to spread further in Africa. Many students do face some difficulties accessing course materials online, mainly due to slow internet access. 

 

The African Market

African Broadband Plan

Subscribing to broadband Internet services is rising in Africa, but they can go further to connect more people to the web. By creating a broaden African Broadband Plan designed to allow investments in broadband technologies on the continent. A continuing massive investment in broadband infrastructure can result in the increasing availability, lower price, and improved connection of high-speed Internet services in Africa. They require policymakers and new regulations to allow more competition among African broadband providers. The goal should be to cut the price and increase the speed of broadband access for the average African household. Broadband can also have a positive growth towards the African economy and on employment. Broadband would allow businesses to use e-commerce to order, market and distribute their products worldwide. Young African programmers can create new softwares and networks to enhance the online educational experience. To be successful the African Broadband Plan should unite all the cyber resources of the continent with a minimum of governments interference.

African Webmasters

Africa really need more webmasters. There is a huge need for webmasters in Africa to create websites for schools, universities, businesses, cultural centers etc... But the task of an African webmaster should not be only limited at the technical knowledge of maintaining a website. African web design can also be African art. An African webmaster can also be gifted like an artist to customize all websites to fit the African cultural environment. Just browse the internet, do you see a lot fo African Style Web Template? No, and this is a wake up call for all African web designers. It is time to be more creative. At the moment, the templates are designed outside, but they can create and provide such templates which are professional, interesting and can be used for business and personal websites.




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