Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Post-Covid-19 SHARDA's University Webinar Global Conference For VCs: UNESCO Laureate, Crown University International Chartered Inc. VC Unvails Measures To Promote Continuity Of Learning.


..... As UNESCO Laureate Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu highlights some of the challenges facing Higher Education in Post-Covid-19 era.

...Crown University International Chartered Incorporation VC Proffers Solutions to Challenges, Says the implementation of distant Learning measures a veritable tools in Post-Covid-19 era as his recommendation Globally.


By Victor Bieni, Asaba


UNESCO Laureate, and the Vice Chancellor, Crown University International Chartered Inc., Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu has enjoined stakeholders in the business of higher Education to take proper measures to ensure continuity of learning so as to overcome the challenges face by higher Institutions, especially at the era of Post-Covid-19

UNESCO Laureate, and World Acclaimed Distinguished Professor of Information Communication Technology ICT, Professor Sir Bashiru Aremu disclosed today this to our reporter during the Global Webinar Conference organized by SHARDA University, India for Selected Vice Chancellors of Universities from different Continents of the World on the tittle: Providing Solutions to the Challenges faced by Higher Education in the era of Post-Covid-19.

He argued that stakeholders should ensure proper implementation of these measures adopted by advanced Nations or many countries aimed at focusing on continuation of learning to communicate the plan of distance learning programmes and mobilize all stakeholders, government agencies.

Also the VC and World Acclaimed ICT Professor opined that launching awareness campaigns or communication strategies on distance education for all targeted groups, including parents, students, teachers and administrators through the use of official Twitter account , email address to regularized disseminate the information on online learning are amongst other processes or measures to curtail the ugly Challenges.

UNESCO Laureate also noted that equity in access to ICT-based learning is a major concern, as learners from under-privileged backgrounds tend to have less access to computers and other devices outside the schools.

According to him, In some cases, they live in areas with no electricity and poor or no internet connectivity, while admonishing stakeholders to ensure that actions are taken to address this challenge to tackle the fact that not all students may have access to internet at home, the government suggested a partnership with the post office services to deliver working sheets to be done at home.

UNESCO Laureate stated further that the Continuity of learning is the continuation of education in the event of a prolonged University or school closure or student absence.

Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu added that it is a critical component of school emergency management, as it promotes the continuation of teaching and learning despite circumstances that l interrupt normal school attendance for one or more students.

However, that many considerations play a role in the development of distance learning programs, such as accessibility, type and quality of materials, and the length of time that this type of learning must be maintained.

There are also a variety of potentially viable distance learning methods, also that the following considerations, information, and resources can support schools and districts as they make plans for continuity of learning in the event of a school closure or student absence.

In his words: "Designing for Different programs such as Instructional design, course design and plans for support must be aligned with the skill level of programs. For example, those serving the 100 level, 300 level, and other levels might have to consider creating instructional materials for both students and lecturers with acknowledge of their parents, while post graduate level students are likely more capable independent learners".

"Supporting System Training. Training is necessary for faculty, staff, students, and parents on the use of continuity of learning systems to ensure true continuity and accessibility".

"Ensuring Accessibility. Not all students may have access to the Internet, phone lines, TV or radio at the same time, or at all, during a prolonged school closure or student absence. Therefore, it is important to offer a variety of methods of distance learning".

"Preparing for Short- and Long-Term School Closures. Tools that might be useful during the short-term might not work for long-term closures. School emergency management and continuity planning teams must assess which tools work best for their schools and/or districts based on the anticipated length of closure, current resources available, student access, and grade level".

"University Policies on Online Learning. Many Faculties have established policies regarding online learning. As University and Faculties develop continuity of learning and education plans, they should be sure to consult their respective University policies to ensure their plans are aligned".

"The following list includes a range of tools and modalities for facilitating distance learning, including those with number of some, or great levels of technological sophistication. As discussed, it is important to consider a variety of methods to allow for the possibility of restricted access to technology and limited communication by students".

"Printed Materials such as Textbooks, photocopies of reference materials, curriculum, and assignments can be prepared in advance for distribution to affected students".

"Instructional Packets. In advance of a prolonged University closure or student absence, teachers can prepare hard copy instructional packets that students may use at home to continue their learning. Many Faculty and Lecturers already prepare these types of packets for summer assignments".

"Hard copy packets may include worksheets; calendars or schedules of work to be completed; directions for homework, projects, or written assignments; excerpts from textbooks or other reading materials; and sample assessments".

"Lecturer check‐ins and Tutorials: A variety of technologies such as telephone, email, web conferencing can be used to facilitate one‐on‐one, or lecturer -and-class interaction or lesson delivery between students and Lecturers during this period".

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