The pandemic era has forced universities worldwide to pivot to online learning platforms with lessons emerging daily about the challenges that students, faculty, and administrators face. Access to open data is largely an untapped goldmine that could improve learning outcomes and reduce the higher dropout rate associated with virtual education. As a matter of fact, only 1 in 5 virtual universities have reported their annual data on the National Center for Education Statistics website.
In Nigeria, the COVID-19 pandemic has further widened the digital divide between public and private tertiary institutions. To close this gap, key digital learning constraints like access to devices, lack of constant power supply, and high cost of reliable internet need to be addressed.
All my social media buddies already know this glaring fact about me; I am a huge fan of virtual schooling. I tweet about it, speak about it at events, write tons and tons of articles about it, and I believe it is the next frontier in global education.