Saturday, March 28, 2020

ICT Development: UNESCO Laureate, Prof Aremu Recounts Numerous Benefits At Abia State University

... enjoins Students to take advantage of Economic incentives of ICT.

...says Technological advancement is a product of Information Communication Technology.

....ICT Professor says Professional competencies is a product of 21st Century Techonogies and IT Communication Systems.

By Victor Bieni

UNESCO Laureate, and a Professor of  Information and Communication Technology, Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu has advised the  Engineering Students of Abia State University to take advantage of the the benefits of ICT essentials,  Information Communication Technology ICT towards enhancing their Professional competencies in Techonogies for efficiency and effectiveness in the global scene of Communication and interdisciplinary integration.

Professor Aremu made this Statement at Abia State University during the  Students' Orientation Programs at Faculty of Engineering, Department of Information and Communication Technology recent while recounting the benefits of ICT in the global contexts.


According to UNESCO Laureate, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an extensional term for information technology (IT) that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals) and computers, as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audiovisual systems, that enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.

He also opined that the term ICT is also used to refer to the convergence of audiovisual and telephone networks with computer networks through a single cabling or link system, the World renowned ICT Professor added that there are large economic incentives to merge the telephone network with the computer network system using a single unified system of cabling, signal distribution, and management.

 In his words: "ICT is an umbrella term that includes any communication device, encompassing radio, television, cell phones, computer and network hardware, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and appliance with them such as video conferencing and distance learning".

"ICT is a broad subject and the concepts are evolving. It covers any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit, or receive information electronically in a digital form. Examples are personal computers, digital television, email, or robots). Theoretical differences between interpersonal-communication technologies and mass-communication technologies have been identified by the philosopher Piyush Mathur".

 "Skills Framework for the Information Age is one of many models for describing and managing competencies for ICT professionals for the 21st century".

"The ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Essentials Suite is an innovative program of instruction designed for delivery in various modalities. ICT Essentials is unique in that it works well for middle grades, high schools, higher education, and self-study".

"The courses focus on key skill sets within a given area of technology and through the use of Online demonstrations, digital activities and assessments, coupled with external links to deepen knowledge provide a complete learning environment and experience".

 "The 10 ICT Essentials courses span digital technologies associated with web development, multimedia, word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet communications, cyber security, gaming, and computer programming".

"ICT is intended to raise digital technology literacy in all of the above mentioned arenas and will prepare students of all ages with the skills needed to meet the challenges of an increasingly technical world and opening doors of opportunity for pursuing a wide range of IT-related industry certifications and careers".

According to him, the complete list of  some of the more significant benefits of the ICT Essentials Suite cannot be over- emphasized as stated below for record purposes.

He stated that  each course can be delivered as a standalone unit of instruction or via interdisciplinary integration.

 The erudite Professor noted further that each course features multiple activities to engage all learners across different learning styles. Built-in lesson quizzes and formative exams aid in preparation for the final summative certificate exam.

The World acclaimed Professor of ICT, while Re-orientating the Students of Abia State University stated that Learners gain proficiency in a number of technologies and each course can be easily combined with others to give a well-rounded background in technology.

To this end, he stressed that the Courses are designed around open source software, eliminating the need for purchasing expensive software.

According to the ICT guru,  each course provides links to prescreened resources that are available at no-cost or very low cost.

 Professor Sir  Bashiru Aremu noted finally that  the ICT essentials is a great first step to CIW certifications and success in the IT industry.

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