DIGITAL LEARNING: FORMER NOUN VC JEGEDE CALLS FOR POLICY IMPLEMENTATION.
A renowned professor of open and distance learning and foundation Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede has joined other stakeholders to call for the implementation of a national policy to promote digital learning in Nigeria.
Prof. Jegede made the call in Abuja at a two-day workshop on policy initiative for digital learning in Nigerian Universities being attended by 19 vice chancellors, 19 university directors of ICTs, 13 directors of Africa Centres of Excellence from different locations in the country and other stakeholders like the federal ministry of education and the national universities commission (NUC)
The workshop organised by the Regional Training and Research Institute for Distance and Open Learning (RETRIDOL), NOUN, in collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada, and the African Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL).
Jegede while delivering his lecture said no country would achieve proficient digital economy without digital skills.
“All over the world people have embraced technology much more than we think; there is nothing you can do now without technology. Technology has taken over all parts of our system.
“It has become imperative to appreciate the role of technology in teaching and learning so that the next generation will be better placed in appreciating the world and of being trained for the workforce and better entrepreneurs.
“The world is now depending on digital economy, so this is what the policy is advocating, that the universities should appreciate the use of digital learning in today’s world.
“The professors, lecturers can use digital learning for teaching, assessment, exams, interact with students and send their messages across and bring students together for them to have their group discussions.
“Digital literacy is actually saying we should understand how to use all these technologies, how to use them to access information and how to produce information through them.
“Nobody in the developing world now is being given a job unless you show your level of digital literacy education and I’m glad the Nigeria has said that in 2030 all our schools must establish digital literacy,” Jegede said.
According to him, what is needed now is policy implementation and that once it has been implemented all our children from primary to tertiary institutions will be digitally literate.