1.Apathy towards online courses in Nigeria can be traced to low level of affordability of access to Internet among people that online courses are designed for.
2. Poor connectivity which usually led to frustration
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My names are Kolawole Akinjide ARAMIDE, a Research Fellow with the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. What i consider the most important challenges of using technology to facilitate online teaching in my institutions include the apathy of the educators to technology, poor attitude of students towards accepting technology to facilitate learning while they prefer to use it for other engagements, mostly social. The issue of affordability of data tariff has been a major reason given by students for not being able to participate in online teaching and learning processes. In the course of teaching some of my courses, I have tried to use the whatsapp which is one of the most commonly available platform among the students to engage them in what i called ‘Guided Enquiry’ to know the lwvwl of understanding of some of the concepts taught during face to face engagement but found that only few of the students are active on this platform, I have also tried to bring in the use of skype to engage in teaching the students but it may interest you to know that only few of the students have skype id. On the other hand, the fact that the university has not accepted technology as a formal means of engaging students is also a major problem. However, I am trying my best to ensure that my students accept online facilitation by including online participation as part of the final assessment for my courses. I hope that this seminar will open my eyes to other means of online facilitation sir.
I am Kolawole Akinjide ARAMIDE from University of Ibadan, Looking forward to an engaging and interesting session.
Hello Khanyi, good to meet you here again after the UCT, Cape Town programme on ICTs in Education. Hope you are doing good?
My names are Kolawole Akinjide Aramide, a Research Fellow with the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I hope to gain and learn a lot from this seminar.
What really amazed me is how the ALM project was supported and made a success by everybody involved including the academics and top management who most times are usually responsible for the failure of most innovations. Many at times academics who are digital immigrants with phobia for technology are usually apathetic to the use of technology in facilitating teaching. But, I think those people in sierra Leone have no option because of the Ebola crisis. After all nobody wants to die. The question now is should we wait until there is crisis before we embraced what is beneficial.
I hope academics and institutions across Africa would learn from this and begin to take a proactive step towards deploying technology fully in the education sector. The benefits derivable from it cannot be quantified.
I am Kolawole Akinjide ARAMIDE, a Research Fellow with the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I hope to learn more from this seminar.
The situation in Nigeria is such that the demand for higher education especially University education far outnumbered the supply such that the carrying capacities of most universities in Nigeria cannot accommodate the number of students applying to study in the Universities. For instance, about 33,000 students applied for admission into University of Ibadan whereas the University can only admit 3000 students. This is a cause for serious concern. Several models of allowing students to have access to university education are being employed such as having a degree programme being run by institutions not designed to run a degree programme such as Colleges of Education but this has not been able to profer adequate solution. Many students are not willing to adopt this approach.
Therefore, the Open and Distance Learning option is the most likely viable option to address this situation. With this model many students can have access to university education without placing unneccessary burdens on the Universities. For instance the Distance Learning Centre of the University of Ibadan has been able to offer alternative means of having university education and getting the certicate of University of Ibadan through open and distance learning approach. In fact the DLC, University of Ibadan has been able to carry almost more than five times of the carrying capacities of the regular university capacity.
Hello, My names are Kolawole Akinjide ARAMIDE, a Research Fellow with the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. My research interests include ICTs in Education, e-Learning, and Information Centre Networking and Cooperation. i hope to gain a lot from this seminarr.
Hello Antoinette. Some of the basic facilities that my institution has put in place for e-Learning maturity include:
1. Building of a Computer Based Testing Centre for writing of examinations and continous assessment by students on ODL programme.
2. Provision of customised I-Pad for ODL students admitted for the current session, 2014/2015. The I-Pads are customised with learning resources such as course materials and handouts relevant to students programme
3. Building of ODL Portal for students registration and access to information about ODL programme
4. The ODL Portal also has e-library which students can access after due registration
5. Creating of social media platforms such as facebook and google plus to facilitate communication among students and between students and teachers
6. In some cases the social media platforms are being used to engage students in learning activities.
7. Appointment of academic advisors to engage students online on learning activities
8. Regular training for facilitators on online facilitation.
9. Regular training for students on how to maximise the use of mobile devices for mobile learning.
10.Compulsory computer proficiency training and testing for all ODL students to sharpen their ICT skills
11. Regular training for facilitators on how to set computer-based examinations and continous assessment
12. Uploading of all course material on the Distance Learning Centre’s portal to make it available online for students
13. Creating of DLC based e-mail addresses for all students and facilitators to facilitate communication such as submission of assignments between students and facilitators.
There are some other facilities in the pipeline that are yet to mature
I hope I have been able to answer your questions
My Institution, University of Ibadan has put in place infrastructural facilities for e Learning adoption and maturity. Training has also been conducted for staff on ICTs utilisation in teaching and learning. Of recent the Open and Distance Learning Centre (ODL)of the University is shifting towards engaging students through social media tools to facilitate e-learning. ODL Students have been given Tablets that would enable them to carry out e-learning activities. ODL Students in University of Ibadan now carry out their continous assessment online. They also write examinations using CBT Mode.
My names are Kolawole Akinjide ARAMIDE. I am working as a Research Fellow with the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. My research focus is in the area of ICT application in teaching and learning as well as in the managment of learning resources for teaching and learning in schools in Nigeria. I am interested in knowing more about how to maximise the usage of technologies in facilitating teaching and learning in basic and post-basic schools. I am very sure I will gain a lot from this seminar.
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