Executive Advance: Faculty, Staff Advocates Teaching Excellence to Attain Vision 10: 2022
The second day of the Executive Advance for the 2016/2017 Academic Session with the theme, “ReCITe” Approach for the Attainment of Vision 10: 2022,” saw contributions from various speakers and panel discussions toward teaching and learning excellence.
Former Director, Physical Planning and Development (PPD), Architect Gbenga Alalade, sets the tone for the day in his presentation titled, “Enabling Institutional Excellence through Investment and Maintenance of Infrastructure.” He argued that while the University paid greater attention to excellence in teaching and research in its quest to attaining world-class status but this can only be achieved with excellent infrastructures and conducive environment.
“We live in a world of competition, if you remain where you are, you are left behind. This means there is need for everyone to be running. Therefore, for Covenant University to be among the leaders, we need to keep striving for excellence, particularly in the area of infrastructure. The key issue here is that a university that must be competitive, must ensure that its infrastructures are on top of the game,” he said.
He took a retrospective look at the state of the University’s infrastructures from inception even as he called for collaborative effort and creative energy of all stakeholders including management, statutory organs as well as faculty and staff in order to see the desired future.
He also commended the efforts of some individuals and groups in the University for their contributions towards the development and maintenance of the structures in attaining world-class status.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, in his presentation titled, “Promoting a Culture of Teaching Excellence in a World-Class University,” submitted that without effective teaching, knowledge gained by research could be lost.
Professor Chinedu suggested continuous improvement in the areas of ICT, modern teaching facilities, practical classes, problem-based learning, engagement of competent faculty and staff, learning resources (well stocked library), well equipped state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops, closer interaction between students and faculty as well as tutorial.
He assured the participants that the University would attain Vision 10: 2022 noting that, “It is a prophetic verdict that has both the spiritual and material support of our proprietary base, the advice of our consultant (Times Higher Education) and the determination of faculty and staff to get there.”
The Director, Academic Planning Unit, Dr. Olawande Daramola, proposed the establishment of Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Committee on Teaching and Learning in every College in his presentation titled, “Teaching and Learning in Covenant University: Quality Expectations and Imperatives.”
In order to improve teaching and learning, Dr. Daramola also enjoined the University management to recruit faculty with tested teaching ability; redeploy faculty with inadequate teaching skills to other duties in the University; engage postgraduate students as teaching assistants; ensure that courses are taught by capable persons; ensure that matured and experienced faculty are those that teach at the foundational levels and final year, as well as employ full-time researchers, who will do more of research.