Some senior academic and non-teaching staff of Ekiti State University have undergone a two-day advocacy workshop and intensive training on Course Materials Development as well as study guides and modules which are necessary to further strengthen the foundation of the Distance Learning Programme of the University.
The training will also solidify all other activities that have taken place since the inauguration of the Open and Distance Learning Programme of the Institution. In his welcome address, the Director EKSU Open and Distance Learning
Programme, Prof I.B. Ayodele appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oladipo Aina for his unflinching support for the Distance Learning Centre.
Prof Ayodele explained that the quality of self-learning materials (SLMs) determines the quality of and acceptability of any Distance the Learning Programme adding that the workshop will focus on how to train
staff on developing an engaging, interactive, comprehensive, contemporary, career friendly and Qualitative Course Materials for the Open and Distance Learning centre.
The facilitator who is also the Director Open and Distance Education (O&DE) of the National Universities Commission, Dr. I.B. Rahmon Yusuff congratulated the University Community for taking a giant leap
towards establishing an Open and Distance Learning centre which he said will greatly enhance the EKSU Brand and as well as generate revenue for the University.
Dr. Rahmon said the emphasis will be geared towards computer knowledge and steering the academic staff to becoming adept in computer technology.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oladipo Aina who spoke through the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof Ibiyinka Ogunlade said that Open and Distance Learning has become a global trend which allow learners to study wherever they are.
Prof Aina congratulated the nominees across Faculties and Departments who participated in the training session adding that they should go back to their various faculties and units to train others.
The Vice-Chancellor added that a delegation of the University had visited one of the leading Distance Education Institutions, the University of South Africa (UMSA) for benchmark training and to understudy the operations of Distance Learning Programme.
He however assured of proper funding and upgrading of the internet facilities on the university.