EduTech Seeks Collaboration with Covenant University on e-Learning
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University has indicated the University’s readiness to commence an Executive programme in Entrepreneurial Studies as a trial of the University’s readiness to deliver maximally on its e-Learning system of education.
This was disclosed when the General Manager of EduTech, Professor Abiola Awosika, and other management officers of the organization made a presentation to the University.
EduTech Software Solutions Limited, an education technology provider with a network of global partners, is to collaborate with Covenant University towards the success of the University’s distance learning programmes.
While making her presentation, Professor Awosika noted that the level of development of any nation is directly linked to the quality of education. She stated that it was not enough to have quality, but availability of the quality material was also of importance, and her organization would want to partner with Covenant University to be listed as one of the genuine places where one can get quality education irrespective of time, space and location.
Professor Awosika highlighted the importance of two institutions working together, as EduTech has taken time to research into some of the challenges working against the smooth operations of e-Learning in the country.
According to her, lack of investment capacity by institutions that want to adopt the solutions, inadequate infrastructure to power the system, technical deficiency to deliver at the highest quality required and poor market perception due to activities of scammers and false operators in the e-Learning market space are some of the issues affecting the pursuance of the e-Learning education system in Nigeria.
Some of the offerings that EduTech seeks to introduce to bolster existing ones at Covenant University, Professor Awosika said, include e-Learning infrastructure for Distance Learning, necessary hardware/ICT infrastructure that would power them and experienced manpower (expatriate) that can rapidly digitize the University’s existing paper based course materials.
Furthermore, EduTech would work with Covenant University to ensure the creation of a good online relationship between lecturers and students, through a well-rounded virtual classroom that would also be available in web version.
The EduTech team commended the University Management for the bold vision of working towards getting a Nigerian institution of higher learning listed as one of the top 10 universities in the world by 2022.
According to them, “It is scarce in Nigeria for people or organizations to dream big, that is why they rarely achieve big things, and this has inspired us to collaborate with Covenant University so that we can be part of the success story of this vision.”
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo decried the plethora of challenges facing admission seekers in the country. According to him, embracing e-Learning would help mitigate the problem of availability and above all improve the quality of education in Nigeria.
Professor Ayo advised education policy makers in the country to formulate a policy that would enhance accommodating all applicants. He said, “If we cannot accommodate all the applicants within our physical landscape, we should be able to give them other viable and certified options in terms of distance learning.”
He told the EduTech team that Covenant University was already working towards having the University’s Courseware in an acceptable format, as Covenant University awaits approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the commencement of her distance learning programme.
Professor Ayo said the initiative of EduTech was one that the University was interested in and what was needful was to identify common grounds, look at the e-Learning assets that were already on the ground in the University and see where the partnership can begin from, towards getting the University to the place it wants to be.
The meeting had in attendance the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Professor Taiwo Abioye (Administration) and Professor Aaron Atayero (Academic), Registrar, Mr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Dr. Christopher Nkiko, Director, Centre for Systems and Information Services, Pastor Abolade Afolabi and Covenant University e-Learning Officer, Mr. Ademola Olopade.