Effectiveness of E-Learning through WhatsApp
The evolution and development of technology has created new opportunities for students to interact with other students, teachers and other academic content creators. This provides students with endless opportunities to achieve their academic goals even when schools are closed by the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown.
E-learning through WhatsApp
First we need to talk about WhatsApp itself. WhatsApp is a free messenger application that works across multiple platforms such as iPhone, android phones and PC.
WhatsApp was created by Brian Anton and Jan Koom, both former Yahoo employees, in 2009. It allows users to exchange images, videos, audio, text messages, video calls or voice calls using their Internet connection.
Features of WhatsApp that makes if perfect for E-learning
WhatsApp has the following beneficial features:
- Information can be accessed in real time.
- allows the user to exchange multimedia information such as videos, text messages, images and voice notes.
- has unlimited messaging.
- supports interaction groups of up to 257 group members.
- allows cross platform interactions with different devices iPhone, android phones and PC. This means that a person on android can interact with a person on iPhone via the same app.
- supports offline messaging because messages are saved automatically on the device. This means that you can access the WhatsApp messages even when offline.
- has no charges involved, except for the internet data plan. In some countries, like Zimbabwe, internet service providers provide an affordable WhatsApp data bundle that is specifically for WhatsApp only.
- does not use passwords or usernames for login which eliminates the issues of students having forgotten their login credentials.
- facilitates online collaboration and cooperation between online students connected from school or home.
- provides students with the ability to create a class publication and thereby publish their work in the whatsapp group.
James M. Marshal established that people remember only 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see and 50% of what they hear and see. Using WhatsApp can combines images, texts and audio all in one to make the percentage even higher than 50%.