FUNAI ADOPTS E-LEARNING FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
• Four Departments to be used for Pilot Study
The Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State is to introduce and enforce the use of e- learning technology, the Interactive Digital Teacher Assistant (IDTA) tool from the 2016-2017 academic sessions to enhance academic excellence by meeting and facilitating the academic needs of the 21st century academics and students.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba made this known while receiving members of the UPQUEST International Incorporated, a United States based Educational and Human Resources Development experts on Wednesday, 17th October, 2016.
The Vice Chancellor said the era of analogue teaching, when lecturers were seen as the only repository of knowledge was over, hence the need to key into the digital age where students are guided to self and academic discovery through the Internet and other e-learning technologies. He challenged the University academics and students to breast up to this digital switch.
Professor Nwajiuba who watched and listened with rapt attention the presentation and demonstration of the technology by the experts in his Conference Room, said the University would switch to e-learning technologies in other to facilitate interactive teaching and learning experience in the University. He immediately directed that Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Education, Computer Science/Statistics/ Mathematics/Informatics and ICT be used for a pilot study in the implementation of the new learning strategy.
The Vice Chancellor further reiterated that the 21st century is a digital driven era and any University that is not in sync with the time would be left behind. This underscored his approval for FUNAI to adopt the use of e-learning platforms like the Interactive Digital Teacher Assistant (ITDA) to realize its aspiration of a world-class University.
Buttressing the imperatives of e-learning tools, the Chief Executive Officer of UPQUEST Incorporated, Engr. Emmanuel Duruaku opined that it gives academics and students different and interesting perspectives to teaching and learning. ‘’One perceptive could be deceptive and additional perceptive, can damage the entire fact’’, he added.
Engr. Duruaku pointed out that the beauty of the technology was its usefulness in recording and transmitting live lectures, and can as well connect to wide range of users and audience at the same time. He further, urged the University Management to ensure the availability of high-speed internet connectivity on campus for optimum performance of the digital tool.
He finally advised the University Management to show greater commitment to student’s development by adopting the Interactive Digital Teacher Assistant (IDTA) as an e-learning technology tool for students’ high academic performance.