The Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) has held a virtual meeting with partners from The Learning Space, an ICT capacity-building company that seeks to partner with the centre to offer short-course programmes for the students.
ACETEL Short Course Coordinator, Dr. Adewale Adesina, ACETEL Team Lead and Mr. Chidi Nwankwo, were present at the meeting held on Friday, August 25, 2023 to listen to their presentation.
The Learning Space representative, Mr. Kabiru Mohammed Aliyu, while speaking, gave an overview of courses his company intends to offer, and the learning management solution platform to show the capabilities the company has to facilitate the learning experience.
He said the company has already sent a proposal to ACETEL and that the courses it proposes to offer are Cloud Computing and Process Automation.
“We come with a lot of IT deployment knowledge, practical knowledge, grounded knowledge, that we can transition to the people doing the courses, and what we are saying is that from day one after they have finished the course, they can actually start applying their knowledge,” said Aliyu.
He told the CETEL team that “We are willing to expand the courses and make it more advanced because we have to start from the introduction and take it to the intermediate level and also to the advanced level.”
Aliyu added that the courses will be delivered via a virtual structure and a self-pace session where participants can take all the materials at their own pace, supported by the virtual instructor-led session.
Ms. Nelly also from The Learning Space, gave a demonstration of the company’s Learning Management Solution (LMS), saying that the solution is used all over the world, and has been a top- ranking one every year on the learning management solutions.
In her presentation she said while using the LSM platform the facilitator will be able to see only the courses that they are lecturing on and the students will be able to see only the courses that they are enrolled in.
“This platform can be accessed by different users, it can be accessed by an administrator, it can also be accessed by teachers, it can be accessed by students,” Nelly said.
On their part, ACETEL representatives, through Dr. Adewale Adesina, commented that the presentation was in line with the mandate of ACETEL in terms of building capacity, adding that approval from the university is also needed to be able to run the courses.
He said though the centre is satisfied with the proposal presented by The Learning Space, he urged them to also present proposals for the two courses that will be delivered to participants for ratification before the general approval and signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Adesina called on the attention of the partners to the need for marketing the courses to users and to the public, stressing that the centre would prefer few courses that are rich in content than having so many courses without impact.