ACETEL AND DSTN COMBINES TO BUILD CAPACITY ON ONLINE AND BLENDED LEARNING
A three day workshop designed to build, expand capacity and faculty of participants on online and blended learning so as to be able to deploy same as a teaching mode across the West Africa region was organised by the Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The training in partnership with the Digital Science and Technology Network (DSTN) specifically seek to support Faculty to set up a Virtual Learning Environment, (VLE) develop and deliver effective online courses, support effective course facilitation online by utilizing synchronous and asynchronous teaching techniques as well as assist universities to provide effective and quality learner support services to remote students.
According to ACETEL Centre Director Prof. Grace Jokthan “NOUN through ACETEL has international students in some African countries. “The size, spread and mandate to provide quality and flexible education irrespective of locations demands that we be at the forefront of utilizing cutting edge Information Technology tools and services to effectively deliver on our mandate.
“This virtual workshop is a rich blend of presentations, discussions and practical activities; group and individual-based, workshop materials and other learning resources were provided using the workshop’s Virtual Learning Environment.
The workshop according to her is aimed at building the capacity of faculty in the West Africa sub-region to effectively adopt online and blended learning as a mode of teaching and learning in institutions.
Jokthan added that the training required “70% attendance and completion of the practical activities which will earn participant a certificate of attendance”.
Vice-chancellor NOUN Prof. Olufemi Peters, who was represented at the opening ceremony by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Technology, Innovation and Research (TIR) of the university, Prof. Monioluwa Olaniyi, said, establishing a standard by ACETEL was key, knowing that ODL is the future of education. “It is necessary for me to encourage you, since we have brought the future to the present.
“ACETEL is establishing a standard in building the capacity of faculty not only in Nigeria but across Africa” he added.