Covenant University, Kortext partner on first digital learning solution in Nigeria
Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria, has become the first university in West Africa to adopt a university-wide digital learning platform and e-textbook scheme to help improve course results and give students equal learning opportunities.
Kortext, one of the world’s leading digital textbook providers, has worked closely with Covenant University, the British Council for Nigeria, the UKTI (UK Trade and Investment) and global publishers including Pearson and McGraw Hill, to be able to roll out the scheme which will provide pre-loaded textbook content on computing devices to all of Covenant’s 8,000 students.
The platform will give students access to course materials on any device, such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones, meaning carrying heavy textbooks around campus and halls of residence will be a thing of the past. The tools installed on the Kortext platform will also allow students to collect extra resources, link to articles, as well as add notes and highlight text on the e-textbooks.
In addition, Kortext’s new analytics dashboard will enable lecturers and university staff to see how students are engaging with the digital learning content and core reading, helping Covenant University to improve on its student engagement, progression levels and ultimately, better outcomes and improved employability.
Following the official signing ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, which involved key partners; Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, the University’s Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, the Head of UKTI Nigeria, Ahmed Bashir and Andy Alferovs, Managing Director of Kortext, the scheme will be rolled out to 8,000 students and ultimately the whole university.
Speaking of the partnership, Head of UKTI Nigeria, Ahmed Bashir said: “Creating trade links and international relationships are key to improving education in Nigeria. Kortext’s offering will take Covenant University into the future and help set the standard for education and digital learning across the whole of Africa.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, noted that Covenant University has blazed the trail in many areas and the Digital book is another addition. He added that when fully in use, it would promote reading culture among the students and enhance productivity in the University system.
“To me, this is a cheap way of getting text books and with the Device; it will promote reading culture among the students. This will also enhance productivity and improve the lot of Covenant University and other universities which may want to join us. This is a dream come true,” he said.
Pastor Olamide Olusegun, the Registrar of Covenant University said: “Digital textbooks will be vital to any educational establishment throughout the 21st Century. Being able to offer easy access to research and educational training for every student is of such importance to us and Kortext is at the forefront of this technology. The lecturers are also excited about being able to analyse how students are responding to core reading lists and using the information to aid their teaching.”
Andy Alferovs, Managing Director of Kortext, said: “By giving students access to textbooks digitally as part of their course materials means that it tackles the biggest barrier to learning - accessibility. By being the first in Western Africa to adopt a digital learning platform and e-textbook scheme, Covenant University is leading the way to widening accessibility in higher education.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Covenant with the aim to encourage participation with students and course materials. Following the signing, we’ll be working with staff and lecturers to train and advise them on the best ways to embed e-books into teaching.”
Kortext was developed as an educational content platform to provide students with digital textbooks from all the key publishers. The digital platform has been developed to integrate seamlessly with the existing learning environment and provide interactive use of resources. The company has a strong partnership with Microsoft and has integrated Kortext into Microsofts Office 365.