MTU advises govt on e-learning research


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The acting Dean of postgraduate studies, Mountain Top University, Magboro, Ogun State, Dr Ibidapo Akinyemi, has advised the Federal Government to invest in e-learning.

Akinyemi, in an interview with our correspondent, said both public and private institutions should ensure they were prepared in providing quality training of students through the use of e-learning.

He maintained that strong internet connectivity was important in online teaching, adding that MTU was able to provide continuous learning for its students during the pandemic lockdown.

“I would advise the government to see why we should embrace e-learning and provide a number of things in place in readiness for any eventualities.

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“The National Open University that has been in existence for long, most of their programmes are online but it has not been done the right way. I would advise the stakeholders, private and public institutions to even think in that direction like what would be an alternative way to learning peradventure there is an issue just like last year lockdown?

“We should all be thinking about an alternative way of conducting online teaching system. That means we should all embrace technology and ICT to see that we move in that direction knowing fully well that we are in the computer age,” Akinyemi said.

He explained that transiting to e-learning due to the pandemic was innovative as members of staff were upgraded and trained to meet up with the requirement of e-learning usage.

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“MTU as a faith-based university tried as much as possible to keep the students busy in the course of the pandemic by ensuring that all the academic staff are involved in the online teaching and in that regard we used Zoom and Google classroom. We tried as much as possible to organise a kind of training on digitalisation for all the academic staff and it was a very nice experience,” he said.

Also, the acting Dean of Students’ Affair, MTU, Dr Moses Abiala, said, “I believe the virtual learning in Nigeria institution should be inclusive. The students are always on social media so we can catch them easily through virtual teaching, since that is where they belong, especially during this pandemic. There must be commitment and we must keep educating them on the preventive protocols.”

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