NOUN conducts virtual training for staff on quality assurance

Towards improving academic quality, some academic staff of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has taken part at a virtual training for effective service delivery. 
The three-week training done via Zoom platform was moderated by the chairman, governing council of the university, Professor Peter Okebukola.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Abdalla Uba Adamu, was also one of the facilitators.
With the theme, ‘Setting up a Learning Management System and Implementing an Online Course on Moodle Platform’, the training was convened following a survey on the training needs of academic staff by a sub-committee of the university’s governing council. 

A statement by the director of media, Ibrahim Sheme said a total of 158 participants including members of the governing council, the vice-chancellor, registrar, deans, heads of department, professors and academic staff from all study centres, participated in the exercise.
Okebukola used the opportunity to announce that the university the Council and Senate deemed it pertinent to set up a process that would lead to significant improvement in the best delivery of Open and Distance Learning (ODL). 

On his part, Prof Adamu, who delivered a remark at the virtual ceremony, told the participants that there had been a paradigm shift in the delivery of ODL education not only in Nigeria but also the world over which was necessitated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 
He said over the last four and a half years, the university had undertaken  series of reforms and complied with the approved standards of ODL teaching across the globe.
While urging policy makers to view education beyond its conventional confines, Adamu congratulated the participants for having gone through the intensive training with great results.

The graduation lecture was delivered by the president of LAWEH Open University in Ghana, Prof Goski Alabi on the theme, ‘Agenda for Making Africa Take Leadership Position in ODL’.

She said for that to happen, the need for the African open universities to place greater premium on relevance and acceptability is paramount. 
Some of the courses delivered during the training included ‘Overview of Learning Management Systems’ by Distinguished Prof Okebukola; ‘Overview of ODL and Online Learning’ by Prof Adamu and ‘Content Delivery in ODL’ by Prof Patrick Eya.

Other topics were ‘Writing Quality Notes for the Distant Learner’ by Prof Mercy Ogunsola Bandele; ‘Learner Support Service in ODL’ by Prof Gregory Okagbare; ‘Downloading Moodle’ by Dr Adewale Adesina and ‘Key Elements of Instructional Design’ by Dr Lukman Bello, among many others.

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