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OPEN AND DISTANCE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: THE WAY FORWARD FOR DUAL-MODE INSTITUTIONS. Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf Deputy Director Open and Distance Learning Division National Universities Commission Abuja. I NTRODUCTION.

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open and distance education in nigeria the way forward for dual mode institutions

OPEN AND DISTANCE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: THE WAY FORWARD FOR DUAL-MODE INSTITUTIONS

Dr. Suleiman Ramon-YusufDeputy DirectorOpen and Distance Learning DivisionNational Universities CommissionAbuja

i ntroduction
INTRODUCTION
  • societal expectations of higher education have become more critical – accountability, Relevance
  • Impact of globalization on HE
  • In developing countries, societal demand for relevance is expected despite perennial under-funding, poor infrastructure, brain drain, poorly remunerated and ill-motivated teachers, among others.
the challenge of inadequate access
THE CHALLENGE OF INADEQUATE ACCESS
  • DD for HE far outstrips SS.
  • In Nigeria, over a million candidates sit Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) annually, existing 104 universities can only absorb about 225,000 new entrants.
government s response
Government’s Response?
  • invited the Private Sector to participate in the provision of university education.
  • Between 1999 and 2007, 34 private universities licensed [ 15 in 2005 alone]. 41 to date and counting...
  • State governments have also intervened: 36 State universities .
  • Currently, NUS=104 varsities (27 Federal-, 36 State and 41 Private)- total student enrolment of about 1.1 million in the conventional face-to-face mode.
dd and ss disequilibrium persists
DD and SS disequilibrium persists....
  • MDGS, Vision20-2020 –Human capital intensive....
  • Need to leap-frog human capital develpoment- How??
  • Paradigm shift in HE provision
  • ODL to the rescue !!
odl in nigeria
ODL IN NIGERIA....
  • ODL especially Correspondence- not new in Nigeria
  • NPE recognizes ODL[ 1974]
  • Wide gulf between Policy and Practice
odl in nus
ODL IN NUS.....
  • Yet to be fully exploited..
  • 1 Unimode University
  • 6 Dual- mode institutions
  • Enrolment:

<50,000 in Dual mode DLCs

Abt. 70,000 in NOUN??? Doubtful – Poor internal & external efficiency

improving odl practice the nuc odl project
IMPROVING ODL PRACTICE: THE NUC ODL PROJECT
  • Seeks to bring ODL practice up to speed with global best practice,
  • Ensure full optimization of ODL mode in enhancing access & human capacity development
  • Creation of Centre of excellence in ODL.
nuc odl project 2
NUC ODL PROJECT...(2)
  • Collaboration:NUC/BC/OUUK
  • Series of capacity –building workshops for DLC Staff
  • E-Teaching, Course material development, facilitation , IA&G, Networking
  • Institutional capacity development, NUC led Infrastructural support
what role for dual mode institutions
WHAT ROLE FOR DUAL MODE INSTITUTIONS?
  • well established universities , reputable academic programmes, full complement of seasoned eminently qualified professors et al.
  • veritable pool of high level knowledge, skills and competence,
  • can propel Nigeria forward in her urgent national quest to leap- frog the production of a critical mass of competent, highly skilled personnel
re position ing dual mode institutions for odl impact
Re-positioning dual- mode institutions for ODL impact..
  • Mainstreaming DL Centres
  • STOP: poor perception, marginalization, Fringe existence
  • Give DLCs pride of place – the UI example
what must dlcs do 1
What must DLCs do?...(1)
  • comparability of standards with programmes run by the conventional F2F mode
  • Parity in admission requirements for new entrants into DL programmes
  • Comparable curricular exposure, rewarding and fruitful student learning experiences
what must dlcs do 2
What must DLCs do?...(2)
  • Proper DL practice:
  • Supported flexible, blended learning-very limited face to face contact.
  • customized course materials [interactive, multi-media, ICT-enabled materials that allow student to study anywhere, anytime.
  • Tutoring , facilitation and mentoring by knowledgeable and ICT proficient tutors with learner-centred mind-set.
the way forward how to get there
THE WAY FORWARD - HOW TO GET THERE?
  • Advocacy and enlightenment
  • Institutional Support[ financial , moral and logistical]
  • Capacity Building
  • Re-orientation and Induction of academics
the way forward how to get there 2
THE WAY FORWARD - HOW TO GET THERE? ....(2)
  • Appropriate course materials
  • Use of appropriate technology
  • Economies of Scale
  • Synergy building (networking and collaboration)
future prospects
FUTURE PROSPECTS
  • future of ODL in the NUS is very bright.
  • Enhanced HE Participation rate
  • Enhanced production of the high level human power in the right quantum and quality
  • DLCs can pivotal role.
conclusion
CONCLUSION
  • Elevated standard of ODL practice + better understanding + acceptance of the DL mode as an alternative to F2F = Nigeria optimizes ODL mode to enhance access with full benefits
  • Dual-mode institutions undoubtedly, have a pivotal role to play.
thanks for your attention
Thanks for your attention!!

Merci bien!!

Danke !!

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