Development of E-Learning in Niger: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives

Development of E-Learning in Niger: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives

Aissetou Drame Yaye (African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE), Kenya)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-909-5.ch006
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Abstract

The University Abdou Moumouni (UAM) of Niamey in Niger mainly focused on traditional face to face learning, and even the existence of the African Virtual University since the years 1999 did not change the situation. It is only after the official opening at the University of the Francophone Digital Campus in December 2003 that lecturers and students started overseeing and taking advantages of all the benefits of e-Learning and distance learning. The present paper builds on the author’s personal initiatory experience in e-Learning to highlight some specific challenges that traditional universities such as the UAM face in their efforts to introduce e-Learning and distance learning as a new mode of course delivery. The study shows that even though challenges are big, political and institutional support can freshen the perspectives and change opportunities into realities.

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