E-learning as a veritable human resource development strategy for Nigeria
Students’ learning in tertiary institutions all over the world has undergone tremendous transformation, especially since the advent of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). There is a shift from the traditional approach of teacher-directed or didactic methods to modern methods where computer technology plays a significant role. The aspect of ICT that has brought about this revolution in students’ learning is e-learning. This paper discusses the generational changes in distance learning of which e-learning is a part. It presents five generations of distance education models with the most preferred now being Internet-based distance education or e-learning model. Four types of distance education based on proportion of content delivered online, types of courses and typical description are also presented in the paper. E-learning as the current best human development innovative tool as well as the vision and strategy for human resources development in a digital economy through e-learning is further discussed. The paper concludes with a call on developing countries like Nigeria to emphasize a change to e-learning for her human resources to be relevant in the present era of globalized digital economy.
Key words: E-learning, human resource development