Why go to class if you can do it online?
The rise of E-Learning in Kenya
Increase in internet accessibility has opened up many new opportunities that were previously never thought of.
In Kenya, from the comfort of one’s bedroom, anyone can now shop for items online and have them delivered to their house without having to physically go to the shopping malls. While this is yet to catch up fully due to some bottlenecks surrounding quality assurance, such a reality of e-commerce is here with us.
Employment opportunities trends are also changing. Thousands of young men and women across the country are currently engaged in employment with individuals and firms that they have never met—save online. Armed with a laptop and an internet connection, many now source for typing, marketing, data analysis and all sorts of job opportunities from companies abroad at the comfort of their homes.
Business connections are being made online; interviews and jobs are being secured online and deals worth millions too. The list of the possibilities of what having an internet connection and a laptop are just beginning to unfold.
While the above is going on, a new phenomenon in the education sector is taking Kenya by storm. This is e-learning. More and more people are opting to study from the comfort of their homes guided by lecturers and professors purely online. Instead of having to go physically to a college to attend a lecture or learning a much needed improvement course, it is now slowly becoming a norm for one to hop into e-learning programs to achieve such an end.
In recent years, e-learning courses have grown in popularity at unprecedented levels, greatly aided by the rapid development of technology and the mechanisms for the delivery of such courses. In both professional and social circles, a swift shift from print to electronic media is occurring, while educational courses are quickly ceasing to be a classroom-based affair and are relying more and more on the internet.
With a laptop, a mobile device and Wi-Fi, you can manage your own e-learning course, and take courses yourself, in just about any subject and pretty much any language. The rise of e-learning has naturally led to a boom in e-learning localization services, but it is the global appeal of e-learning that makes localization not only possible but highly relevant.
The world’s workforce is increasingly mobile and interconnected, and all these developments have led to e-learning becoming a very popular reality. There has been a similar increase in the extent to which businesses and individuals are prioritizing development and training, largely due to the fact it is now much more readily available.
This rapidly growing trend has seen a huge rise in the number of self-employed individuals and a steep increase in the number of employees working from mobile devices, which enables far more effective management and communication.
In Kenya Finstock E-learning is spearheading this new area.
Armed with vast localized resources and given the convenience and various benefits that e-learning accord, Finstock e-learning is slowly but surely cutting a niche market for itself. As enrolment in physical learning institutions is dwindling as indicated by the recent news in the press, Finstock e-learning is growing in leaps and bounds prompting the question:
Finstock e-learning has mastered the art of localising content to fit the needs and requirements of the local workforce.
Like many educationalists will tell you, there exists many benefits of localization of e-learning content, and the statistics are fairly compelling.
Workers who use e-learning can have a 50-percent boost in productivity, while businesses save between 50 percent and 70 percent in training costs by using e-learning.
All of these savings are a result of e-learning localization. In addition to the obvious managerial benefits, employees are beginning to take a far more active role in their learning, shifting control away from managers and personally identifying the areas in which they feel they should receive further training. As a result, e-learning providers find themselves in a very positive position and can take full advantage of the situation by enabling worldwide, self-directed learning.
E-learning is increasingly the platform of choice for individuals in places where it is socially, politically and geographically difficult to learn by other means. The growing use of mobile devices throughout emerging economies will continue to skyrocket as technology advances further. With learning and education now central to political agendas for emerging economies, there is a huge market for e-learning courses and verbal, audio and written tools.
E-learning means that one avoids the hustle and bustle of travelling to an actual classroom to be taught. With e-learning content, all a student need to have is an internet connection and a laptop or a computer to study.
E-learning is on average approximated to be way much cheaper that going to a physical classroom or a lecture hall. Some statistics estimate that e-learning cuts the cost of learning by up to two thirds depending on the complexity of the course one is undertaking. And with the economic conditions being the way they are, cheaper—but quality—is not an option but a necessity.
With Finstock e-learning, the future of education is here. Don’t be left out, find a way to join us.