Vice Chancellor NOUN Prof Abdalla Uba Adamu says the University is giving ACETEL special treatment because the Centre is dealing with a revolution that has not been tried in any Nigerian university through the provision of online digital knowledge.
Adamu stated this today while declaring open a five day Curriculum Development Workshop for African Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) which opened at the University headquarters.
He said the idea is “we’re moving into a new world where technology has simply taken over everything. What we want is to develop people with ICT skills in artificial Intelligience, cybersecurity and management information systems that could be deployed immediately in the society”. He added that the Centre being a World Bank project requires due process and Proper procedures on how things should be done. He charged participants to do all humanly possible to avoid plagiarism while developing the curriculum. Adamu said on the part of the University, any material relevant to the workshop would be provided to ease participants work.
Earlier, Centre Director ACETEL Prof Grace Jokthan says the purpose of the Curriculum Development workshop was to draw up a working curriculum for courses that would be run at the Centre.
Jokthan says the Centre is expected to run three programmes in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and management information systems at post graduate levels.
She added that the Centre is desirous of a team to critically look at what is in existence, the trend in the market, users demands as well as the academic components that needed to be included to build up a guide that would assist in the development of a course content for those three programmes.
She maintained that participants were carefully selected in these areas so as to donate their experiences, commercial knowledge and academic expertise to fashion up a robust programme.