Poor bandwidth speeds, cost of data and availability of electric power to use online learning devices are some of the barriers highlighted as obstacles to e-learning in Africa. If you reside in or near a capital city, we understand that you might have these issues more resolved than if you live in a rural area with connectivity issues and even power to charge devices. In trying to mitigate for these circumstances to allow for more access and ease of use, we have taken the following measures:
⦁ We are reducing the amount of online data required by a bare minimum of 5 megabytes of data per week. We do this by making the course and its material available to you for download in one launch. This policy is also in accord with our bid to keep your learning a lifelong approach, and your teaching others with the same material is possible for years.
⦁ Some network providers provide cheaper browsing rates at certain hours of the day, which you may consider taking advantage of. Having a power bank and or a spare battery may go a long way in aiding you.
⦁ At some point in your study every week, you will need to get online to engage in discussion forums, debates, webinars, or watch videos, lectures, or audio and podcasts. We have designed the lessons so that if you cannot indulge in all these activities, you will not be left behind as long as you read all the other material. The only exception to this is the online group discussions which will take place through BuddyPress. The group discussions are an essential part of the course programme.
⦁ In weeks 4 and 9, you will submit your assessment answers through our online submission portal. It is easy to use, but you can email your finished work to your course tutor if you have any difficulties.