A Trip to London for Open Distance Learning (ODL) with Mal. Akaaba
Mal. Yakubu Akaaba, Director FOSS at the lobby of the Senate Building, University of London during the workshop, August, 2019
Mal. Yakubu Akaaba Momoh, the Institute’s Director of Field Operations and Students’ Services was at the University of London, between August 16 and 18, 2019.
On his arrival back to the Institute, he shared his experience with The Bulletin’s reporters in his office.
Setting the background for discussion, Mal. Akaaba recalled that sometimes in March, 2018, he and the Director Examinations of the Institute, Mal. Bashir Mamman, were at the University of London for the workshop on Open Distance Learning, which was organised by the University of London in collaboration with the National Universities’ Commission(NUC).
This time, Mal. Akaaba was the only one that represented the Institute.
According to him, the Workshop, which had participants from and representatives of distance learning Institutions around the globe was held at the Senate Building of the University.
Akaaba said “during the discussion that the choice of the university may not be unconnected with the fact that it is the oldest university operating on Open Distance Learning. The university has been in the business of open learning system for 161 years drawing students from all around the world. Having this experience, we are collaborating with the university, where experts and other resource persons lectured participants and shared experiences on the ODL practices” he added.
He said that part of the resolutions was a call for partnership with stakeholders.
The Director also said that ways were explored on further collaborations with other institutions, so as to fortify the ODL .
The workshop, with the theme : “Ensuring high quality outcomes for Learners,” took place at the Senate Building of the University of London with participants drawn from NTI, NOUN, NUC, Nigerian universities delivering education through ODL and others.
Source: NTI News Bulletin Bi-Monthly Edition, August September 2019 Vol. 1 No. 020, Page 5