Resumption: E-Learning Inevitable But Adequate Support, Facilities Remains Needed – ASUU President
The Academic Staff union of Universities President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi has spoken extensively to TECHMIRROR MAGAZINE on the adoption of E-learning by Tertiary institutions in the country.
Speaking to this magazine, he noted that the need to use E-learning in the face of challenges caused by COVID-19 has become inevitable, he however noted that challenges in doing so remain very high.
“The need to adopt E-learning has become more important by the day and has become inevitable.
There is a growing need to adopt mixed learning especially in the face of challenges faced currently and we are aware that different institutions are working fervently on it” “There are many challenges associated with E-learning in the Nigerian environment, we require appropriate authorities, government authorities and University administrators will have to take steps to cushion the effect.
I know for instance a University in South Africa, students were supported in several ways providing them with laptops, data plans, and lecturers too were supported with Data plans” “However, perennial issues and challenges remain in this regard. We have a case in which students buy their own data because even if schools have wifi, students will receive lectures from home and by doing so, where there is a need to provide facilities to ensure the effective success of E-learning” “We do not have issues against E-learning in Nigeria, we never had, what we were saying is that government and appropriate authorities should provide enabling environment”
He revealed that some institutions have been holding trainings for lecturers on Learning management Systems and other E-learning tools. Prof Biodun denied that lecturers are against E-learning noting that the demand of lecturers revolves around provision of facilities and not against E-learning in the country.
“What we promised is progress and if necessary support inclusive of facilities are provided to ensure delivery of lectures through E-learning , we do not have anything against E-learning, as a matter of fact we have been delivering lectures through Zoom, holding meetings Online before now, we have interacted with E-learning materials so it is not as if what we are talking about is new to us, what we are saying is that to ensure maximum benefit we have to consider different points especially many of them who do not have android phones” he stated.
It would be recalled that the University of Lagos announced resumption through E-learning starting from January 25.