Pearson Nigeria Seeks Partnership with Covenant University
The Management of Pearson Nigeria, a publishing organization is seeking to partner with Covenant University on an Online Open Distance Learning Programme through its e-Learning platform.
The Managing Director, Mr. Muhtar Bakare expressed the willingness of the organization during a presentation of its proposal to the University Management on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Vice-Chancellor’s conference room.
Mr. Bakare said that the university stands to enjoy increase in students’ enrolment within 12 months if the Pearson Online Studio Learning initiative was embraced.
He explained that the platform has an effective online learning process that is highly manageable with the wherewithal to monitor and grade students.
He added that the Pearson e-Learning platform has a social feature that can allow lecturers mark students’ script and create a subgroup to enable challenged students sort out academic problems and upgrade their subsequent performances.
The platform, according to him, also helps to assess students’ activities with respect to the number of times they logged on to the page for academic work and what tasks they have done on various courses.
Responding to the question on the benefits of Pearson over other e-Learning platforms, the Managing Director explained that the Pearson platform would enable both lecturers and students create repositories of libraries that can serve as a forum for study materials
Mr. Bakare explained further that the platform would engender the management of enrolment, registration and interfacing necessary materials from other social media platform to form a robust package of study resources.
He assured the Management on the efficiency and efficacy of the security system of the platform which he said was registered with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the London Stock Exchange.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles K. Ayo sought a broader scope of partnership which would benefit the lecturers and students as a whole with regards to how Pearson, a renowned name in publishing, can package relevant foreign textbooks on subjects that are not adequately covered by local texts and making them ready for use in PDF and PDM formats and also in print.
According to him, since Pearson is traditionally a publishing house for textbooks for tertiary institutions, the University would make available a catalogue of texts that
are needed by the various colleges to see what Pearson can come up with for the institution.
He stated further that the Management would do all it can to make the University set the pace on all fronts to put her students and lecturers in good stead.
He applauded the team from Pearson on the intended partnership with the University and stated that if the contents of the online e-Learning package are qualitative enough, then it will be a worthwhile experience.
Also in attendance at the meeting were the Registrar, Dr. Ubong Ntia, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Dr. Taiwo Abioye, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Dr. A.A.A. Atayero, Director Centre for Systems and Information Services, Engineer Bayo Ajala, Mr. Yinka Adeboye, representatives of the Corporate and Public Affairs Units and Vice-Chancellor’s office.