What our students say
We asked some of our students what they think about our courses and our platform. Here are their reactions :
Marthe: "What I liked"
Translated transcript: "What I really liked was that these courses are in the form of summaries, with supporting images. It makes it possible to have a better idea about the subject and it reinforces abilities, it reinforces knowledge. Especially in agriculture.
E-learning courses are more comprehensive, unlike (other) training or learning methods.
In fact, this platform is very useful for young people and allows access to courses via an internet connection, which is to encourage. Unlike what we had (before), the e-learning course makes it possible to comprehend more theoretical and practical issues, thanks to the supporting visual aids.
I have recommended (the courses) to many of my friends who have already started – (and) this is what I continue to do. Because, in fact, with these courses, you have at the same time the notions and you increase your capacities and knowledge.
Agricultural Technical Colleges should use these courses as teaching aids because they are more explicit and save time."
Marthe: "What I think can be improved"
Translated transcript: "If you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network (it is a problem), but we were lucky enough to connect often via Wi-Fi, which allowed us to study the lessons well.
But I recommend that ... maybe there ought to be centres, especially in areas that are not (well connected) ... (rural areas) .., to allow young people who are in these areas to have (good) access to the courses. This project must continue to allow young people who have not yet (had) access, to have a try and to allow others to develop more knowledge and to become a little (more) competent.
I would say to the project partners that this project is a really, really, really to be congratulated and encouraged so I ask them to continue this project to provide good continuity."
Quentin: "What I liked"
Translated transcript: "First of all, I would say that e-learning courses are above all a form of training, using the internet. So, it is a good learning tool because the user takes the time to assimilate the course, at their own pace, where and when they want because all this allows them to follow the training at a favourable time with regard to their schedule.
For me, e-learning courses make it possible to reduce the costs of accommodation and transportation, for us who are learners, at the national level.
The platform is a good operating system, because being in one’s room, we can make the best out of it as soon as we have access to the internet.
What appealed to me the most: thanks to these courses, the learner can see the mistakes they made during the learning process, because as soon as you forget something, you can go back and see. And apart from that, after each course, at the module level, the learner is evaluated. So, they already know if they could master the course they were given, or not, in relation to each module (chapter).
Each individual with the ambition to learn for a given job can easily access these courses. As soon as they are made aware of the courses, because you need to receive this information from an institution or a friend.
I have already developed my knowledge, with these courses so when I talk with friends, I tell them that they too, can use the e-learning courses and acquire new knowledge.
These courses are easy to access, because as soon as you click on one of the courses, which you select yourself, you have direct access to these courses.
It is in fact very important that learners have e-learning courses ... in support, of course, complementary to courses already given by teachers, in the classroom. This also helps to correct some teacher’s shortcomings. Because there have been times when the student has accessed information somewhere, but the learner too, not holding all the knowledge, does not always have access to this information. So sometimes, there is at first an argument between the two.
With the e-learning courses, while lying in their room, one can acquire knowledge. Very easily! Even if it is not to go to work for someone, one can develop this knowledge there and use it differently."
Quentin: "What I think can be improved"
Translated transcript: "But, we know very well that on today’s labour market, we are asked "what is the certificate that you received? ", when you mention having received a particular training. So that's what is not good at the moment ... and if the (project) leaders can correct the situation, and there, after each evaluation on the e-learning course, if we can call the learners and give them certificates attesting that they have taken these courses, that would be good.
I would say that, to have access to the internet, the (Beninese) state has begun to improve the situation, installing optical fibres in some cities. But that's not enough because it does not cover all the cities at the moment.
Mainly, I would like the programme to become permanent, because today we are evolving ... we are in the area of modernization, especially M-ICT (Mobile Information and Communication Technologies). Therefore, I would very much like this to become permanent, and for the Beninese Government to also help ensure that this continues."