Interact with students online or leave – NOUN VC warns facilitators

Abdalla Uba Adamu, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, has maintained that an academic staff members’ online facilitation of its students is sancrosanct.

Giving the charge during the inauguration ceremony of NOUN Oracle Academy organised by the Department of Computer Science, NOUN, on Tuesday, Adamu warned against flouting that regulation.

In his words, “Any lecturer in the National Open University of Nigeria who failed to interact with their students via online facilitation should either look for a College of Education to go and teach or resign and start selling foodstuff in the market.”

Adamu made the statement in response to a student who, during the question and answer session of the virtual inauguration ceremony, queried why all lecturers were not interfacing with their students regularly in online facilitation.

He said that no NOUN lecturer had any excuse whatsoever not to have online interaction with their students on a regular basis.

The vice-chancellor said that the university has put all facilities and structures in place to enable its academic staff to interface with their students via online facilitation regularly.

He added that NOUN, as the foremost Open and Distance Learning (ODL) university in West Africa, has set up the Directorate of Learning Contents Management System (LCMS) to create enabling platforms for seamless online facilitation.

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Adamu said that NOUN by its foundational philosophy and mode of operation was never meant to be hindered in discharging its responsibilities as world-class ODL institutions even in lockdown situations as is obtained during this Covid-19 crisis if its academic staff are up and doing.

He added that the university would put necessary machinery in motion to monitor and ensure that all academic staff of the university maintain regular interaction with their students during this Covid-19 lockdown and beyond.

He warned that erring lecturers would be sanctioned accordingly.

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  1. If truly he made a reference to the College of Education sub-sector, I think he is a misfit of the exalted position he holds. The sector he derogated is the sector that is involved in the educational foundation of the main sector. I know that educational position in Nigeria at that level is political. Many of us in the College of Education sector are far better than him and have a more clearer understanding of what it takes than this empty barren called VC of an in organized thing called NOUN. A Professor today once passed through the Primary School which the College of Education sector stand for as a stakeholder and active participant in game.

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