Thursday, July 7, 2022

COVID-19: NOUN, ACE, Others Collaborate On Digital learning

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Resulting from the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), the Africa Center of Excellence For Development Impact (ACE-IMPACT) and the National Universities Commission (NUC) are collaborating to explore digital learning in higher education.

Accordingly, the African Center of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL), Nigeria, based in NOUN, Abuja, hosted a four-day training workshop, the fourth in the series, by experts in digital education, where the experts of this higher education agreed in Nigeria and indeed African countries need to leverage technology to provide sustainable quality and increased access to education.

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, both the basic and tertiary institutions were shut for nearly a year in Nigeria due to lack of the capacity to utilise digital education as an alternative to face-to-face learning.

Speaking at the event, the vice chancellor of NOUN, Professor Olufemi Peters, said he was glad that through the NUC, many universities in Nigeria are beginning to know about the  experts housed in NOUN.

We are beginning to receive very many requests from other universities to either show them how we developed these courses to be delivered online or indeed help them develop what we refer to as the learning management system,” he added.

He noted that the open university had recorded many milestones on its online platform, adding that the training was an additional expertise and acquisition of skills to further improve on what the university is doing.

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