South African scholar in ABU to facilitate training on digital teaching and learning
Paul Prinsloo, a Professor of open distance learning (ODL) research from the University of South Africa, has arrived in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, primarily to facilitate a series of training on digital teaching and learning organised by UNESCO-ICHEI and IIOE Nigeria National Centre.
The IIOE Nigeria National Centre is domiciled at Ahmadu Bello University and endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Education and National Universities Commission (NUC).
It is a five-day training aimed at supporting the implementation of institutional policies for digital teaching and learning in Nigerian higher education institutions. This is in addition to empowering the Centre as a hub driving the digital transformation of higher education teaching and learning.
The South African scholar was on a courtesy call today at the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, where he was received by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Ahmed Doko Ibrahim, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala.
Prof. Prinsloo, who said it was an “immense honour” to be warmly received by the University, described the team managing the IIOE Nigeria National Centre as “very competent”.
He expressed satisfaction with all arrangements put in place for the training sessions by the IIOE Nigeria National Centre project, and thanked the Project Manager and his team members for the effort.
Prof. Prinsloo, who was taken to the rooftop of the ABU Senate Building to catch a glimpse of the entire Campus, also described the University as a “town of its own”.
Receiving the South African scholar, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Ahmed Doko Ibrahim, assured the training facilitator of the University’s readiness to give him all the support needed to succeed.
“We would be delighted to benefit from your tremendous experience as an expert on open distance learning research; and we are determined to surmount any challenge head on as per as digital learning and teaching is concerned”, he said.
Prof. Prinsloo was accompanied to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office by the IIOE Nigeria National Centre Project Manager, Prof. M.B. Mu’azu; Project Training Facilitator, Prof. Emmanuel Adewale Adedokun; Project Activity Organiser Lead, Prof. Joy Maina; Project Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, Prof. Ahmed Abubakar; and Project Communication and Partnership Lead, Hafsat Ibrahim.
Incidentally, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Ahmed Doko Ibrahim, is the Project Lead, IIOE Nigeria National Centre.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Danladi A. Ameh, and Director Public Affairs Directorate, Malam Auwalu Umar, assisted the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, to receive the South African Scholar.