The management of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulaiman Lawal Bilbis, has re-emphasised its dedication to changing the current model of academic learning from physical to mixed mode of learning referred to as Blended Learning.
In a statement signed by the Director of Management Information System (MIS), Ahmed Isah Chafe, he draws the attention of students to the new development concerning the learning system on the campus.
The statement reads: “Dear all students. I wish on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and the ICT Management Committee, to welcome you all back to the University for the commencement of the second semester of 2019/2020. As many of you are aware, the University is commencing e-learning, known as Blended Learning. While e-learning refers to the delivery of learning through digital resources, Blended Learning is a mix of face-to-face and e-learning for the delivery of learning resources.”
Confirming its services to the ease of the students, the ICT management committee assured that the learning system is accessible and accounts for registered students have been created on the adopted platform popularly known as ‘Moodle’.
“The University is starting with 200 level courses of 2019/2020 second semester from faculty of science and 200 level GST courses. Other courses will include a few Postgraduate and 300 – 500 level courses all of the second semester, 2019/2020.”
“Already, accounts have been created for students that have registered for these courses with the University. Such students can access their accounts using their admission number as username and password. Students are advised to change their password as soon as they log in. We will soon force students to do so to protect their accounts,” the statement added.
Also, the statement confirmed that adequate wireless networks have been established within the University and provisions have been made to train students to meet up the new development.
To this end, the University has deployed and is still deploying wireless hotspots in many locations within the University. Students are advised to take advantage of these facilities to increase access.
“We are concluding arrangements to train the students on how to use the system. We have already marked the centres for the training which will commence next week. The centres are ICT Center, Library ICT Center, NCC ICT Center and the CBT Exams Center. We will soon provide details of how to attend the training,” the information reads.
Therefore, students were also urged to provide advice, recommendations and observation regarding the new development to the right channel.
“I appeal to you to support the process with constructive criticism and not condemnation. Your advice on how to move forward is very vital to us. Please, while we work towards providing you with support options, you can reach some of the Learning Management System (LMS) Technical Team on these numbers: 08065910743, 08034276044, 08064861567, 08038017393, 08036647597, 07034525378,” the statement appealed.
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