This period of COVID-19 pandemic and it’s associated lockdown has gone ahead to hinder the smooth running of academic activities.
Students from every academic section has been affected. This has led to the halting of academic activities.
Consequently, this is affecting the lives of students all around the world. Therefore students are forced to embrace a new means of learning.
As a result of the pandemic, institutions of learning across the country were forced to shut down in order to stop the spread of the virus.
In order to keep the doors of learning open for all, we have decided to share some educational resources and platforms. These will help students and lecturers during this period of temporary disruption of classroom learning.
Since learning is so important for our social and professional well-being. We hereby urge students not to be restricted by the prevailing circumstances in their learning efforts.
Implementation of aided technology in learning
Fortunately, newly emerging Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have released a host of possibilities that allow learning to continue even under the lockdown conditions all over the world.
Thus, we are obligated to present some useful online educational platforms, tools and resources. These tools will greatly assist in continuous learning and collaboration during the lockdown and beyond.
List of online platforms for learning
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) Platforms
MOOCS are virtual platforms that host online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, for professional development, including some courses at no charge. They include the following:
- Coursera (https://coursera.org/).
- EdX (https://www.edx.org/).
- Alison (https://alison.com/).
- Canvas Network (https://www.canvas.net/).
- MIT (https://ocw.mit.edu/).
- Digital Libraries and Online Databases:
- SpringerLink (https://link.springer.com/).
- ScienceDirect (https://www.sciencedirect.com/).
- IEEExplore (https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/).
- Real-time Collaboration Platforms
Web application platforms
The following platforms can be exploited by students and staff for collaborating via live video/audio communication in matters that relate to their professional development.
Most of these platforms include Web and installable App versions.
- Zoom Cloud Platform (https://zoom.us/)
- Google Hangouts/Meet (https://meet.google.com/)
- Skype (https://www.skype.com/en/)
- Microsoft Teams (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/group- chat-software)
- Cisco WebEx (https://www.webex.com/)
- Lark (https://www.larksuite.com/)
- DingTalk (https://www.dingtalk.com/en)
Collaboration Tools (for Document Co-Authoring):
Co-authoring is a form of cloud-based collaboration where you and your colleagues open and work on the same document simultaneously in real-time.
The following are helpful:
- Google Docs (https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/?tgif=d),
- Google Sheets (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/?tgif=d),
- Microsoft Office 365:
This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
Googlemail Users – If you are using University email, which is based on Goiglemail, then you can automatically utilize the G Suite integrated into your Gmail Account.
The G Suite contains a bundle of cloud-based tools for collaboration and other purposes that include the Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Forms
So with the listed above, we strongly believe that learning must continue as education is very vital to nationa and self development.
No society can survive without learning, so we therefore encourage every student around the globe to embrace these platforms in order to keep their academic strength and ability alive.
Feel free to drop your questions on the comment section in order to be properly guided.