LASU adopts hybrid teaching method

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Lagos State University (LASU) has adopted hybrid teaching method as part of measures to make learning accessible to its students. This method combines online and physical classes.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello said the move was to consolidate on the university’s earlier effort to leverage on technology during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

She made this known in her remarks during the university’s Convocation Lecture held on Tuesday at the Buba Marwa Auditorium of the LASU main campus in Ojo, Lagos.

EduCeleb.com recalls that LASU was one of the few state universities in Nigeria where academic activities went uninterrupted while the lockdown lasted. Classes and examinations were conducted online during the period.

Why hybrid teaching method

Olatunji-Bello noted that the adoption of hybrid teaching method was partly to address the “challenges of inadequate facilities compounded by an explosion in student population”.

Aside this solving the problem of overcrowding in the classrooms, she said that it will also ensure that students who cannot attend physical classes have an opportunity to join virtual ones irrespective of their locations on the University campuses.

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Other digitisation moves

The university had also digitised access to it services such as certificate and transcript processing, school fees payment and other financial transactions. These moves were to solve problems associated with manually accessing these university services.

Any certificate recently issued has a digital verification feature on it as well.

Olatunji-Bello also revealed that the digitisation efforts got energised as the university had recently got delivery of facilities from the Nigerian Federal Government’s Broadband Internet Connectivity Intervention scheme.

The scheme facilitated by the the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy involved 50 tertiary institutions across the country.

It is expected to broaden internet penetration and boost teaching learning activities on its campuses.

LASU, one of the best in digitalisation – NUC boss

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed who chaired the occasion declared LASU among the leading universities in digitalisation.

He recalled that LASU was adopted by the World Bank as a Centre of Excellence in Science Technology and Mathematics Education (STEM) and has capable hands to place it on the global map.

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He praised the university’s management for sustaining such efforts while commending the choice of the convocation lecture topic.

The lecture titled “The Impact of Digitalization on Higher Education in the Digital Age” was delivered by the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Mr Sonny Echono provided an opportunity for the lecturer who had previously served as the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education to marshal various innovations the Nigerian government had done in this respect.

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