Online learning in higher education: necessary and sufficient conditions
Westwood Press, Inc.
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education
The field of online learning is an ever-improving art and science. It has the potential of allowing students to access up-to-date information anywhere and anytime, promoting active and independent learning, and supporting communication between experts and novices. This paper aims to explore the necessary and sufficient conditions for successful integration of online learning in higher education. The paper first discusses the software, hardware and financial commitment necessary for online learning. It then emphasizes that the sufficient conditions for effective online learning is a paradigm shift in learning to build a learning culture, mediated by a strategic plan that integrates online learning to enculturate students to be lifelong learners.