Open University Worldwide Nigeria’s Universities Commission explores distance learning In Partnership Feb (Note: not available online)
The Open University (U.K.) joined a round table workshop in November 2008 to discuss the role of open distance learning in Nigeria. Professor Steve Swithenby gave a presentation on different models of open learning and distance education to the workshop organised by Nigeria’s National Universities Commission (NUC).
The workshop focused on creating awareness of the principles and practice of ODL, and promoting the
mainstreaming of ODL in the Nigerian University system. The Open University has long established links with ODL in Nigeria through the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), some of whose senior staff attended a management training session sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning and the OU in 2005.
Around a million students in Nigeria each year, who are qualified for university entrance, cannot secure a
place. The NUC would like to increase the number of people who can study at university level by developing a robust and demanding quality framework which will support the development of high quality distance learning provision.
Outcomes from the workshop included agreement on a communiqué suggesting an initial target of 500,000
distance learning students, a focus on younger people with university qualifications, recognition of the need for distance teaching skills, and the development of a three-tier planning process covering national policy, institutional accreditation and programme accreditation (concentrating on learning resources and learner support).