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PNG University Students urged to use modern technology for learning

Staff Reporter 5/10/2017 |
University students have been challenged to make use of e-Learning opportunities for their benefit while also acting responsibly with said technologies.

An executive from PNG Tourism Promotion Authority Ms Alcinda Trawen issued the challenge to Divine Word University (DWU) students as guest of honour at the University’s Open Day in its Madang Campus last Sunday.

The TPA’s Director for Policy and Planning called on the students to gain from the learning opportunities provided by the advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) but also be conscious of their role to assist in addressing the digital divide that exists between the haves and have-nots in PNG.

Ms Trawen reminded the ICT-adept young generation to choose and learn from quality and helpful information from online sources and avoid material that were harmful, misleading and fake.

Ms Trawen said:  “It is fast becoming common knowledge that e-Learning using a wide array of electronic media (computers, tablets, or phones) to educate or train learners is going to become the norm.

“And DWU in my opinion has always been the tertiary institution leader in this element,” said Ms Trawen last Sunday.

She said the benefits of e-Learning were many.

 “In fact going through the stalls this morning, many of you (students) have told me or I have overhead you talk of these benefits – cost effective, saves time, can learn anywhere, easier tracking of your progress/scores/obtain data, global reach (world class information at your fingertips), access on multiple forms, self taught no programming/coding skills

Ms Trawen said while the benefits were immense, there were also many challenges such as in literacy, connectivity and access.

“The dilemma we find ourselves in is that we are advancing and operating in a modern context whilst still holding on to tradition society as well as conditions not so conducive to advancing,” she noted.

Ms Trawen reminded the students that the challenges call them as members of the privileged educated class like them to act and find solutions to bridge the digital.

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