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DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A VIRTUAL


E-LEARNING SYSTEM
(A Case Study of Lagos State University)

BY
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SUBMITTED TO
THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY

IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE


REQUIREMENT FOR THE AWARD OF ------------
IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
SEPTEMEBER 2008
CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

Futmina e- learning social course distributing system is a

system designed to help students gain access and acquire

knowledge in any department of of their choice. It can

include: Enhance face –to- face instruction (on campus, in

class use of computer and the World Wide Web (WWW),

enhanced distance education (on or off campus) individuals

and group learning with both print and computer-based

materials instruction entirely on- line (individual and group

learning) because of this mix virtual classroom and text

based e- learning knowledge is moving towards every

student being an e- learner at last for part of their study,

whether through learning materials provide by the

department of the institution, e-mail for contacting teachers/

tutors or any one of their myriad other e-learning

applications. Online learning results to learning and other

supportive resources that are available through a computer


and and mobile devices it includes computer based training,

computer based instruction and technology. The e-learning

system use text messages to deliver information and data.

Student or e-learners will be in

their computer receiving lectures from their course mate or

lecturer as if they are in classroom and the lecturer

uploading symester handout and giving reference, student

interacting and asking relevant question. This has gone a

long way helping e-learners to acquire degree in the

institution they have never seen.

1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

Internet as global connection of computers sited around the

world forming huge network for information to be shared

and disseminated by many millions of people has done so

well in information technology and in education so to speak.

Virtual classroom and text-based e-learning cannot be an

exception. Often time’s students experience a lot of difficult


in the quest for basic knowledge from higher institution of

their choice, not for the fact that the person doesn’t have

resources to acquire them but the risk in traveling from the

said institution wherever the person might be pose

problems. In order to reduce these risks, satellite computer

were established but did not solve the problem of traveling

out from one’s location to the said location in quest for

knowledge.

In this regard, Federal Polytechnic Nekede compete with a of

institutions, this sometimes reduces the number of students

enrollment in the school to the above listed problems the

system “virtual classroom and text based e- learning was

designed with this Federal Polytechnic Nekede will have

thousands of student in which she doesn’t provide any a

accommodation or any structure for and still gain much

grounds economically and student all over the world suffer

less in having any of Federal Polytechnic Nekede’s

certificate.
This is designed that before anybody can participate must

register. Students have free registration form but lecturers

must provide their staff number that tally with their

surnames before they have access to registration form. One

month is giving to student to pay his/her school fees after

registration to remove his/her name from the database.

This will go along way increasing student’s enrollment in the

institution. The system has very security conscious software

that resides in the ever helping except those supposed.

Having seen and observed. Having seen and observed this

benefit to students in an unprecedented scale.

Indeed, this sounds interesting to my academic pursuit in

FPN. Perhaps this calls for implementation.

1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

Due to the problems students find and experiences, it has

never been easy for students to acquire basic and necessary

education in any institution one wishes irrespective of the

fact that the resources are there. This poses a lot of


problems sometimes they will embrace not going to school

at all. It is very impossible for a student in America or any

other country coming to FPNO everyday for lectures more

so, it will be impossible for FPN staff going to America or any

other country where the students might be located everyday

to deliver lectures.

Sometimes if number of students increase reduction in

student'’ admission will be affected in order to provided

adequate structures where they can have their lectures. The

above views are what gave birth to the research work in

order to find solution to them.

1.3 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

The purpose of the study is to find possible solution to

students whom because of nearness to institute and are

unable to acquire knowledge that they need. Again, to

provide students easier way to acquire any of the FPNO

certificates without been in the institute or with less

difficulty. Notwithstanding the fact that other institutes who


offer the same courses as FPNO exist, this will go far

reducing her competition with them. Since the system is

virtual, that is there will be no physical contact between

students, their instructors and FPNO, the problem structure

is solved.

1.4 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY

As they say “scientia st potential” that is knowledge is

power”. The aim of this research is to provide the students

all the information needed in any subject that is done in this

great institute FPNO. Again to assure that student meets the

current trend to academic setting all over the world. This will

go a long way making FPNO to be aware of trends in


technology and gain to making them have desires for other

on-line provisions and computerization in the institute.

1.5 SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY

The project is concerned with the virtual e-learning system

files that are transferable within the net. It should be in form

of text file (.txt), rich text files (.rtf) or hypertext mark-up

language file (.htmf).

LIMITATIONS
To be candid, I encountered a lot of problems while carrying

out this research work.. It wasn’t easy for me to get

data relevant for this research. The most important

thing I needed was courses FPNO was doing. I

requested that from different schools of which I were

told to go from one department to another to collect

them. Lastly I were able to get some and others from

FPNO library. The project work is a tasking job which

demands time, money and commitments. Due to lack

of funds to meet all resources and materials that are

used, I had to make do with other activities while the

process was going on.

1.6 DEFINITION OF TERMS

COMPUTER: an electronic device that is capable of accept

In data, processing data automatically, store it, produces the

result where needed.


VIRTUAL CLASSROMM: is an act of using IT tools to

distribute or share knowledge between groups of learners. It

is not going to be physically but the use of electronics.

E – LEARNING: it is an acronym of eletroniic learning it is

an aspect of virtual classroom that is concerned with sharing

of knowledge electronically by use of text video, web or any

other IT tools.

FILE: this is a collection of related records.

VEL: This is the acronym of virtual electronic learning

PROGRAM: a set of logical instructions combined together

to perform a specific task to a given problem and providing

solution to it.

IT TOOLS: is any machines techniques etc. used in

information technology.

OUTPUT: result of the processed data by the computer.

INPUT: data supplied to the computer for processing.

IT (Information Technology): it is combination of computing

and telecommunication facility.


DATA: raw materials used by the computer.

INFORMATION: processed data capable of solving a

problem

E-MAIL: electronic mail, which is an alternative of HIPOST.

This is the use of on - line computer to send messages

across the net.

STORAGE DEVICES: a device for storing data in the

computer

COMPUER NETWORK: it is connection of two or more

computers using special protocol such that they share data

or information inform of text, audio, messages or mail.

WWW (World Wide Web): this is a format that we use to

design website.

WEBSITE: it is information of a particular people,

individual, state, country etc made available to be seen or

can download on the net.

HOST COMPUTER: the main electronic device that

manipulates all the given data and produce the required


result to the individual connected to it for information

retrieval.

INTERNET: it is global connection of computers sited

around the world forming huge network for information to

be shared by millions of people.

E-LEARNER: person who uses internet to receive searches

for knowledge on the internet.

LAN (local area network): is the connection of two or more

computers within one’s boundary.

LOGIN: to connect to the scale and make use of available

information provided by the designer within some range of

specification.

LOG OFF: it close one’s access from the site the person was

using.

LEARNING: process of acquiring knowledge