The Deputy Executive Secretary of the National University Commission, NUC, Amb. Chris Maiyaki, has advocated for a complete digital transformation, as well as a high level of competence in the application of computer software in open and distance learning institutions, ODL.
Maiyaki, who according to a statement from NOUN Director of Media and Advertising, Ibrahim Sheme, spoke at the virtual graduation ceremony of a Special Open and Distance Learning Training (SOLDT) for NOUN’s senior management staff, said it was the Cornerstone for effective service Delivery of working personnel.
He spoke on the topic: “Role of Administrative Staff in Providing Quality Open and Distance Education in the Nigerian University System”.
The three-week intensive virtual training had the president of the university’s governing council, Professor Peter Okebukola as general facilitator, and the vice-rector, Professor Abdalla Adamu, as one of the facilitators.
Explaining the creation and management of the e-learning platform for a quality university education, the Deputy Executive Secretary added that continuous training and reworking, the competence to establish virtual learning for the facilitation of ODL through which students students can communicate have become necessary for optimal system functionality.
Maiyaki, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony, said that “for an administrator working on an ODL system, information and communication technology (ICT) driven is not enough, but there must be preparation for full digital transformation, competence in the application of computer software. ”
According to him, an administrative staff is not only a stakeholder, but improves life due to the complexity of the work that includes the management of the virtual learning environment (VLE) and the supervision of the electronic exam, which made it a whole ground in the scheme of things.
He stated that it is generally believed that the eroded and compelling work ethic with administrative and organizational management systems is partly responsible for their failure to rise to the occasion, adding that all branches of ODL should stand up and operate with full force.
In his welcoming address, the General Facilitator, Prof. Peter A. Okebukola, stated that the SODTL for administrative staff in CONTISS 7-15 was oriented towards the creation and management of an e-learning platform for a quality university education.
He said that part of the training objectives were informed by the framework of the Governing Council and the University Senate of the NOUN Transformation Agenda 2019-2022.
Okebukola, who is a former executive secretary of the NUC, told the graduates that the need to strengthen their capacity, as well as support the delivery courses that will lead to a significant improvement in the quality of NOUN graduates, also convinced the university to embark on the training of its administrative staff.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, for his part, said that the training, which covers all the university’s personnel cadres, has placed it in a position to train the 174 universities in the country in the ODL area. .
Adamu also congratulated the participants from all the institution’s study centers for their resilience, saying that “We are ready to export them all over the world so that people know that NOUN is simply the best. We are ready to train other universities because we have embraced the new normal. “
It should be remembered that almost two months ago a similar training was carried out for the academic staff of the university, while this week another has begun for the junior staff.
Approximately 733 employees from all study centers throughout the country, including members of the university leadership, participated in the training.