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COVID-19: UI Provides Online Learning Materials For Newly Admitted Students


Nigeria’s premier University, the University of Ibadan, has launched a platform on its website to make learning materials available to its newly admitted students.
The management of the institution, on Monday, sent a text to inform the new students that they can now access some learning resources ahead of their resumption on the school’s website.
“Dear incoming 2019/2020 student. The University of Ibadan has made provisions for some learning resources ahead of your resumption University. Visit www.ui.edu.ng,” the message read.
In a statement on the Learning Management System, Professor A.B Ekanola, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the institution, wrote, “I am sure you are eager to start your studies at the University of Ibadan, the first and best University in Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic has introduced so many uncertainties into our lives, including when school will be back in session.
“While we wait for normalcy to return to our world, and for the much-awaited school session to commence, you may find the following resources useful as you prepare for the years of learning ahead. These resources will be regularly updated; hence you are encouraged to check back from time to time for new features.”
He, however, noted that the resources on the platform were not necessarily lecture notes and that online assessments would not count in determining the course grades of students.
In a report by Humangle, the Students’ Union President of the institution, Akeju Olusegun, said the introduction of the learning platform was commendable as it would help to keep students busy.
Olusegun stated that although the platform was created for newly admitted students, it also had materials that were relevant for others.
He hoped the university would put in place a full-fledged e-learning system and update the platform with more materials for old students.
He also urged the Federal Government to support schools in making e-learning a reality in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, in a recent post on his Facebook account identified some challenges to fully implementing e-learning and technologically-enhanced teaching in the university.
According to him, various issues ranging from access to personal computers by all students
and constant power supply must be addressed.

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