THE ROLE OF THE internet IN DISTANCE LEARNING EDUCATION
THE ROLE OF THE INTERNET IN DISTANCE LEARNING EDUCATION
Distance learning is an excellent means of reaching learners who are separated from a source of information by both distance and time.
The framework of distant learning allows students to have the most control over the time, place, and speed of their education. Distance education programmes must redefine the roles of the Internet in the learning-teaching process in order to be effective.
To meet the study's goal and objectives, questionnaires were delivered to respondents as a data collection method, the gathered questionnaires were processed, and a programme was created to represent this study as a computerised system.
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER ONE
The invention and development of the Internet was humanity's most significant discovery in the twentieth century, resulting in a revolution.
Today, the Internet is used by more than half of the world's population, with applications in practically every aspect of life, including communication, knowledge, news, shopping, sports, marketing, entertainment, and education.
The Internet is a global information system that enables resource sharing, data transfer, immediate connectivity, and computer network interaction.
“The Internet is the most remarkable technological breakthrough of the 1990s,” writes Rosenberg (2001). And it will continue to play a significant role in the transformation of higher education.”
The Internet, which was created to help computer scientists and researchers interact with one another, has grown so much that it has almost become an unavoidable tool for both individuals gathering information for personal consumption and corporate organisations;
academia and other research oriented bodies are not left out either (Uche, 2011). This network has been at the forefront of web-based learning and distance education development.
Distance Education, also known as Distance Learning, is a type of education that relies on teaching methods and technology in order to offer instruction to students who are not physically present in a traditional educational setting such as a classroom.
When the source of knowledge and the learners are separated by time and location, it has been described as a process for creating and providing access to learning. Jegede (2003) described remote education as education delivered through a modality other than the traditional face-to-face technique, with goals that are comparable to, and equally noble and practical as, on-campus full-time face-to-face education.
Distance education is quickly growing in popularity among students, educational institutions, employer organisations, and the general public worldwide. It makes education more accessible to underserved populations and more adaptable to today's learners' complex lifestyles, schedules, and obligations.
Distance Education's quality is no longer in doubt, and the emphasis has shifted from defining what it is to determining what it can do.
Interactivity has become an essential component of Internet learning environments in distance education. Interaction between students and informational items, between students and their teacher, and between students is one example (Dempsey et al., 2002). And interaction leads to cooperation, which leads to higher learning.
Internet-based distance learning services provide educators and students with a plethora of ideas, a vast array of information, and interactive opportunities in the following formats:
electronic mail/electronic discussion group, bulletin boards/newsgroups for discussion of special topics, interactive tutorials on the web, real time interactive conferencing using MOO (multi-user Object Oriented) Systems or Internet Relay Chat, intranets, the use of online databases, libra
However, the Internet can also be used to provide other services like as online registration of students and courses, online examination, computer conferencing, downloading of course materials or tutorials, and even access to an institution's academic calendar.
This study provides a critical analysis of numerous fundamental topics concerning the use of the Internet in remote learning education, with the goal of assisting course designers, researchers, teachers, and even students in making better judgements in the new area. Furthermore, it addresses some critical issues and recommends possible future research avenues.
1.1AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The primary goals and objectives of this research are to determine the role of the Internet in distance learning education and whether distance learning is better off using traditional methods of education such as face-to-face interaction between the teacher and the learner rather than using Internet services.
Other goals are as follows:
To assess the Internet's utility in distance learning education.
Determine the degree of computerization/automation of the distant learning service.
To gather information and conduct research pertaining to the project.
To identify the difficulties related with the use of the Internet in distance learning education.
1.2 significance OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this research is to determine the role that the Internet has played or can play in distant learning education at the University of Abuja.
This research will be extremely beneficial to both students and teachers in the education sector, particularly the university system, and the results will serve as a model for libraries, lecturers, students, information managers/information scientists, and even other academics in the field of study.
Primary and secondary data sources will be employed to acquire data for this research project. As a primary source, interviews and questionnaires will be performed in order to collect the necessary information for this research project.
Secondary sources will include the usage of books, journals, seminar papers, and other relevant sources such as the Internet, encyclopaedia, and others.
1.4 SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS
This study will focus on the use of the Internet in distant learning education, utilising the University of Abuja as a case study, and will only look at literature published from 1993 to the present.
1.5 DEFINITION OF TERM
This project makes use of a few terminologies, which are defined below.
A computer is a high-speed electronic device that accepts, processes, stores, and outputs data in accordance with pre-programmed instructions.
Computer conferencing is a way of interacting across a computer network at the same moment (synchronous) or at a later time (asynchronous), either as a group or between two people.
Email, bulletin board, threaded conversation, net meeting (including audio, video, and shared “blackboard” displays), and databases are common formats.
Distance learning is a type of education in which teachers and students are physically separated during instruction and various technologies are used to enable student-teacher and student-student communication.
The action, practise, or profession of teaching is referred to as instruction.
The Internet is a global electronic communications network that connects computer networks and organisational computing systems.
Virtual learning is often used interchangeably with remote learning, online learning, web-based learning, and e-learning. Is the intentional application of networked information and communication technologies in teaching and learning.