CU, Pearson discusses Publishing Solutions, Collaboration
Covenant University and Pearson Nigeria, a world’s leading education company are discussing possible collaboration in the areas of Custom Publishing, Blended Learning and Print Solutions.
A two-man team from Pearson Nigeria, led by the Managing Director, Mr. Muhtar Bakare and Key Account Manager (Higher and Professional Education), Mr. David Fapohunda were at the University on Wednesday, Febuary 12,2014 to discuss details and benefits of the project with the University Management.
Mr. Bakare explained that custom publishing enables the lecturer design instructional and learning materials to accommodate what traditional textbooks cannot. He added that it makes publishing experience easy and can work on any platform. The company, according to him would also clear copy right issues.
In his presentation, Mr. David Fapohunda noted that the business model aimed to establish a partnership with Covenant University to provide the resources to allow her become a leader of technology in education in the country.
On Custom Publishing, Mr. Fapohunda explained further that it was about resources created specifically for individual needs which are more than changing textbooks. He said it enables the lecturers design instructional and learning materials exactly in the ways and manners they want to teach, determine the cost, as well as supplement the material with online or media solutions.
He said that Blended Learning is the combination of multiple approaches to learning that also combines the use of physical and virtual resources. He added that Pearson was poised to provide a highly competitive platform for delivering e-book titles on PCs, tablets and offline on a CD Rom or DVD Rom.
The Key Account Manager said that the Pearson Print Solution has re-editioned most of its popular titles in higher education to reflect its belief in providing high quality education resources that are affordable, accessible and fun to use.
Mr. Fapohunda highlighted some benefits of the project, which according to him include: lecturers being in control of the teaching materials; facilitation of students’ success; availability of a variety of choices; high quality and being pocket friendly.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, in his contribution said the University would be interested in the project particularly how it can add value to the Distance Learning programme which the University would start very soon.
Also at the presentation were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor A. A. A. Atayero; Registrar, Mr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services (DFS), Pastor Deji Okubanjo; Director, Centre for Learning Resources (CLR), Dr. Chris Nkiko; Director Academic Planning (DAPU), Dr. Akan Williams and Director, Centre for Systems and Information Services (CSIS), Pastor Abolade Afolabi.