Make good use of eLearning says Trawen

University students have been challenged to make use of eLearning opportunities for their benefit and that of the Papua New Guinea society and also be responsible with it.

An executive from PNG Tourism Promotion Authority Ms Alcinda Trawen issued the challenge to Divine Word University students as guest of honour at the Open Day of University in its Madang Campus on Sunday 7th May, 2017.

The Director for Policy and Planning of TPA 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.

The former DWU lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management said “It is fast becoming common knowledge that eLearning 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.

She said the benefits of eLearning were many.

“In fact going through the stalls this morning, many of you have told me or I have overhead you talk of these benefits.”

She said the benefits were that eLearning can be 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 or 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 also said PNG is traditionally a strong oral society and the interpersonal social interactions were still important amidst the onset of modern information and communication technologies.

Ms Trawen reminded the students that the challenges call them as members of the privileged class of educated people to act and find solutions to bridge the digital divide. Meanwhile, Ms Trawen was also given the honour to present the awards for the annual European Union Soccer Cup challenge played among students of DWU and other colleges in Madang district.