The Project Coordinator, Africa Centre of Excellence, National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr. Joshua Atah has commended the Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for its exploits and continued collaboration with relevant stakeholders in its efforts at promoting digital education in Nigeria.
Atah made the commendation at a 2-day workshop on policy initiatives for digital learning in Nigerian Universities, organised by the Regional Training and Research Institute for Distance and Open Learning (RETRIDOL), Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada and the Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL).
“Let me further express my deep satisfaction with the exploits of ACETEL as they continue to expand their collaborations with relevant institutions in their efforts to promote digital education in Nigeria.
“Some weeks ago, precisely May, 2022, ACETEL collaborated with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland to launch the Centre of Competence in Digital Education (C-CODE) pilot programme,” he said.
Atah added the programme sought ways at deepening the education stakeholders’ understanding and participation in the digital education landscape, particularly in the post Covid-19 era.
“ACETEL is making things happen in the digital transformation of our education system. I congratulate you on the achievement of national accreditation of your academic programmes by the NUC, which is one of the disbursement link indicators.
“May I inform you at this juncture, that the NUC will continue to support you in your efforts to achieve the objectives of the ACE impact project, even as you prepare for international programme and institutional accreditation,” the coordinator added.
He stated that digital education is the new face of education with digital discoveries that enhanced teaching, learning and research.
He recalled the hard lessons of Covid-19 where every sector came to a standstill including teaching, learning and research.
“Only a few institutions around the world mildly escaped it because they had some digital education programmes and facilities in existence before the assault of Covid-19.
“We are definitely in a new era in global education, and we must take advantage of these digital discoveries if we must make any meaningful progress in reaching learning and research,” he said.
The workshop, which was attended by 19 Vice-Chancellors, 19 directors of ICTs of Nigerian universities, 13 ACE project Coordinator across the country and other stakeholders, sought to push for policy framework for digital learning, design an action plan for its development and implementation as well as provide the participants with an atmosphere of networking and collaboration for the promotion of digital learning among invited institutions.