Design and Implementation of Web-Based Courses for Distance Learning Programme in Nigeria
Open education has come to stay as a sandwich or satellite campuses programs in tertiary institutions. This open education kicked off with the use of text, radio, television as tools for implementing it. Advancement is made because of progress in technology so the use of internet and video conferencing. To implement distance education (DE) is our institutions, there are three options. According to Keegan (2000), these options are:
• Renting a kernel from any of the leading providers
• Adaptation of the existing kernel for use
• Developing of one‟s system.
With the first option, an institution that wants to deploy and deliver courses on the web within a minimal delay gets a system with generalized and non-modifiable functionality. In the second option, the kernel is customized and adapted to meet an institution‟s requirements but most a times the kernel may not be able to cover all requirements. This paper concentrates on the third option, which is more reliable. Here an institution wants to include certain features that are peculiar to their environment as far as course delivery is concerned, as opposed to the other two options when an institution want to follow an already established course delivery pattern. This option is also, desirable when an institution wants to address more than 10,000 students.
Keywords: E-learning; Web; Server; Implementation