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NOUN, others collaborate on digital COVID-19 education



ARISING from the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Africa Centre of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE-IMPACT) and National Universities Commission (NUC) are working in synergy on how to explore digital learning in tertiary education.

  Towards this, African Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL), located in NOUN, Abuja, hosted a four-day training workshop, fourth in the series, of experts in digital education, where experts were in agreement that higher education in Nigeria and indeed African countries must embrace technology to be able to deliver sustained quality and enhanced access to education.

  When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, both the basic and tertiary institutions were shut for nearly a year in Nigeria due to lack of the capacity to utilise digital education as an alternative to face-to-face learning.

  Speaking at the event, Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said he was glad that through NUC, many universities in Nigeria are beginning to know about the experts housed in NOUN.

  “We are beginning to receive very many requests from other universities to either show them how we developed these courses to be delivered online or indeed help them develop what we refer to as the learning management system. This is among  many milestones recorded by Open University n its online platform, because the training was an additional expertise and acquisition of skills to further improve on what the university is doing,” he said.

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