Acid Test of Ghana’s Educational Institutions Operating Distance Learning Programs

ISSUE: Vol.1  No.1 May 2020 Article 2  pp.10 – 17
AUTHORS: William K. Koomson & Naa Kai Amanor-Mfoafo
DOI : 10.38159/jelt.2020052

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ABSTRACT

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented blow to the Ghanaian Educational System. Following the closure of all educational facilities in Ghana in March 2020, the country’s President ordered for the adoption of distance learning. This poses the question: how prepared are Ghanaian institutions to carry out distance learning using online teaching approaches? Most institutions in Ghana offering distance learning programs currently adopt the usage of the tutorial method where there is minimal or no usage of online learning technologies. This article discusses the potential usage of mobile learning by Ghanaian Educational Institutions operating distance learning programs in the wake of combating the COVID-19. It proposes a model to support the use of WhatsApp Messenger as an online tool to support distance learning programs. The proposed model is a summary comparison between a typical Learning Management System (LMS) using Jurado’s classification and the proper application of the use of WhatsApp Messenger as a mobile learning platform in a Ghanaian context.

Keywords: Corona Virus (COVID-19), Distance learning, m-Learning, Whatsapp messenger.

Authors Biodata: William K.Koomson, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education Valley View University Oyibi Ghana. Email: william.koomson@vvu.edu.gh  Naa Kai Amanor-Mfoafo holds an MSc in Information Technology from the University of Aberdeen, UK. MBA(Management Information Systems) from KNUST-Ghana.  Email: naakaiam@noyam.org