Open and Distance Learning in Nigeria
As part of our ongoing work plan in collaboration with the National Universities Commission in Nigeria we have delivered a series of workshops and symposia aimed at building capacity for the development, delivery and support of open and distance learning in Nigerian higher education.
UoL-NUC Workshop and RIDE Conference
London 12-16 March 2018
The University of London (UoL) welcomed a 36-strong Nigerian delegation, led by the National Universities Commission (NUC). This included 14 Nigerian HEIs which have already been licenced to provide ODL, and have either established or were in the final stages of establishing Distance Learning Centres.
The programme included a 4 day workshop on developing and designing effective and high quality ODL programmes at scale in Nigeria, and attendance at the RIDE Conference – developed by UoL’s CDE was well received.
All objectives were met, including the signing of the landmark MoU with the NUC, this opened the way for UoL to promote our post graduate programmes, establish parallel degree programmes and teaching centre arrangements, and work with Nigerian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) on capacity building.
During his opening remarks, at the reception and during meetings the Deputy Executive Secretary Prof Mafiana confirmed the commission’s commitment to working with UoL and actively encouraged the Nigerian HEI’s to engage with us.
Delegates praised the interactive nature of the workshop sessions. Significant feedback was generated on the key issues Nigerian HEIs face in developing ODL as well as their main priorities and targets moving forward. These included course design, student experience and staff development.
There was significant interest in working with the CDE to meet demand for capacity building. There was an opportunity to build on interest generated around the Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology MOOC developed by the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE) and the UoL Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Over the course of the week meetings were held with the NUC and selected HEIs including University of Ibadan, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), University of Lagos and University of Nigeria.
A number of follow-up activities were agreed with the NUC. A CDE workshop in Abuja in July 2018 followed by a second edition of the UoL-NUC Symposium on policy and practice in ODL to take place in Nigeria in November.
We will also work directly with individual HEIs to bring them on as Teaching Centres, develop parallel degrees, and look at their specific capacity building requirements.
Workshop - Making Open and Distance Learning (ODL) happen
A three-day workshop focused on planning, developing and delivering ODL programmes in Nigeria’ was delivered in Abuja from 2-5 July 2018 by CDE fellows Dr David Baume and Prof Stephen Brown. This event had input from UoLW Africa Advisor Dr Akanimo Odon and support from RDBM Ibrahim El Mayet.
The workshop drew on feedback from the previous a workshop held in London in March 2018 (Activity Report UoL-NUC Workshop and RIDE Conference March 2018).
It built on the success of the London workshop. NUC wished to cover the same themes for a larger audience including participants from Universities which are in the early stages of ODL development or yet to start their ODL journey.
71 participants represented the NUC and 31 Nigerian Universities. A handful of participants had also attended the London workshop, but we mostly dealt with new institutions or at least new participants from Universities which were represented in London.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Delegates praised the interactive and participatory nature of the workshop, the experience of the facilitators and the suitability of the resources for knowledge sharing and cascade training within their respective institutions.
Time dedicated to group work and action planning was well appreciated. The workbook developed by Dr Baume and Prof Brown was a sensation.
The other sessions on learning outcomes and industry engagement were particularly well received. Interest was expressed in UoL’s Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.