By Ugboaja, Stanley Uzoamaka

As part of concerted efforts to decongest classrooms and curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on campus, the Federal University of Technology, Minna has trained some of its faculty members on the use of various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools for teaching.

The well attended training took place recently at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Hub at the Main Campus, Gidan Kwano.

Speaking before declaring the training open, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, said the training was in tandem with the University’s commitment towards leveraging on novel IT tools to enhance teaching and learning beyond the conventional face-to-face method, adding that the outbreak of the pandemic has further necessitated the need to adopt virtual teaching methods.

The Vice-Chancellor who was represented at the event by the Director, Centre for Open Distance and e-Learning (CODeL) of the institution, Prof. Abiodun Musa Aibinu disclosed that the training would further boost the profile of the institution through the adoption of highly interactive virtual environment for teaching and learning.

Participants in a group photograph with the representative of the VC, Prof. Aibinu (front row middle) after the training

He stated that the institution has invested massively in IT related infrastructure for seamless utilization of the various virtual teaching and learning platforms.

On his part, the Director, Information Technology Service (ITS) of the institution, Prof. Mohammed Adamu said the training was geared at equipping participants with hi-tech skills of IT blended teaching and learning methods in view of the current  realities occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Prof. Adamu stated that the training modules have been designed to simplify the usage of the various virtual teaching tools by academic staff of the University, adding that the training would centre on virtual classroom on staff e-portal, training on the efficient usage and integration of Google workplace with virtual classroom on staff e-portal and question authoring and randomization for tests, quiz and e-exams.

Delivering the vote of thanks at the event, the Deputy Director (ITS), Dr. Bala A. Salihu thanked the University Management for supporting the training.

The training was conducted by the University’s in-house experts from the Information Technology Service Unit and some selected academic staff.

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