There are pros and cons in almost everything in this world. Especially when it comes to education, things become critical as it reflects individuals’ career and personal life as well.
With all these obstacles, online education is much more comfortable and beneficial to both teachers and learners as online education comes with accessibility, flexibility, convenience and availability wherever you go. Not only that, it increases career advancement possibilities in numerous ways.
For a tropical country like Maldives, the population rate is low, and number of learners are even fewer. In addition to all these disadvantages, islands are divided and mobile, which makes students’ presence in a physical classroom almost impossible. With all these in mind, a distance learning model is a necessity for Maldives. Distance learning models can overcome all these challenges. It can be adapted to fit any need.
Blended learning is a flexible teaching and learning approach. In a blended learning model, students will do a part of the course online and the other part offline (in onsite classes).
The Maldives National University (MNU) is more than capable of carrying out such a model of course delivery. Besides MNU, we have lots of colleges and institutions capable of delivering courses remotely. Even individual teachers are already doing this practically. An important prerequisite for this to be practical is that Maldives Qualification Authority accredits the work and allows accredited certification for online education.
The good news is that The Maldives National University is working on a project called AMED Project, in association with UOC, CARNET, FOI. The purpose of the project is to modernize, internationalize and increase accessibility of higher education in Maldives.
This project will inshaAllah enable distance learning accreditation in Maldives.