‘Why Nigeria’s higher institutions should adjust to current trends’
The vice-chancellor, Osun State University, Prof Labode Popoola has called on the academic staff of universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education to embrace virtual teaching in line with current realities.
Professor Popoola who stated this during an online interactive session with the academic staff of the institution on setting a new agenda for the education sector following the new realities occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, Prof Popoola stressed the need to revolutionise teaching and learning in our institutions to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19.
“I acknowledge the cooperation and dedication of the academic in all institutions since the inception to date as the team has worked together to create new opportunities that will propel Nigerian universities to global dominance.
“We at UNIOSUN has commenced this process before COVID-19 came knocking, and I am delighted about the enthusiasm generated by all members of staff.”
The vice-chancellor, while calling for a behavioural shift from university workers said efforts should be geared towards building capacities in online teaching.
“The possibilities are limitless and it is only for us to explore. This will demand a shift in mindset, taking ownership, readiness for stewardship, and accountability. We are not unmindful of the daunting challenges, but our calling teaches us to be undaunted. Rest assured that the system will rollout its support within the limited resources available to ensure that all goes well, “ Popoola added.
With the new world order, the vice-chancellor said tertiary institutions must examine its stance in the context of emerging realities.
“How do we prove our societal relevance, if any? How do we justify society’s investment in us? There is an urgent need to revolutionise our teaching and learning.
Prof Popoola tasked tertiary institutions to ponder on what should be their role in understanding and helping to disseminate best practices to students and the diverse publics?
“Being a body of intellectuals, how do we perceive and reason out geopolitical ramifications of the pandemic and other issues without primordial sentiments, and including how to key into the likely divergent paths that will influence global politics and development? We will need to use our uniqueness as scholars to better understand local, national and global dynamics and look forward. How do we use sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the most effective roadmap for getting out of this crisis, and even beyond?
“How do we leverage on our various university’s expertise in virology, microbiology, epidemiology, medicine, sociology, economics, environment, technology, engineering, humanities, law, sustainable development practice, to assist society in early warning signals and coping strategies in the event of future disaster occurrences?
“The economic implications of the pandemic are enormous: How do we contribute to policy to ease out of the lockdown? There will be debt crises on individual, corporate and governmental levels. How will these affect us as an institution and how do we navigate the stormy waters?
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