The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, has commenced series of workshops to keep its members abreast of contemporary issues during the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19.
The Secretary of the union and anchor at the sessions, Dr Gbolahan Bolarin, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on the sidelines of one of the sessions that the virtual fora were being held in accordance with the COVID-19 protocols outlined by government.
The don, who scored the sessions high in terms of the number of participants and scholarly discussions, said they would help provide solutions to the myriads of problems confronting the education sector, particularly tertiary institutions.
Bolarin, a first class graduate of the institution, also urged federal and state governments to improve budgetary allocation to the education sector in line with the 26 percent UNESCO Declaration.
Speaking at one the sessions, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, Coordinator of ASUU’s Lagos Zone, said the COVID-19 had necessitated the need to seek an alternative to conventional teaching and learning methods in form of virtual learning.
Sowande’s lecture was entitled:” Virtual Learning in Nigerian Universities: A facade or Reality. ”
The don said e-learning was designed to create an online communication between the teacher and the student, adding it could complement classroom learning.
“A virtual classroom is where people meet live in order to learn. The software platform allows people in different locations to interact with each other and the facilitator as well as engage in learning activities,” he said.
Other speakers at the sessions were Prof. Clement Chup, a former Chairman of the University of Abuja branch of ASUU, Dr Stella-Maris Okey, National Welfare Officer of ASUU and Prof. Job Nmadu, the President of Nigeria Society of Agricultural Economists among others.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)