The Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University Imota, Lagos, Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie, has encouraged higher education institutions to embrace blended learning.
Owens-Ibie, at a media parley, said the education sector had no choice but to embrace blended learning in the face of the global pandemic which had restricted physical learning.
He revealed that the varsity had ensured the efficient use of e-learning in running every activity in the school since the lockdown began.
“Since April, the university resumed online and we are planning to have our graduation online in September. E-learning is here to stay; it will be blended learning, brick and mortar.
“In Caleb University, we were supposed to resume in April but when we noticed the extension of the lockdown, we decided to move online and it has been 100 per cent efficient. Since then, we have unveiled different apps in which students and staff can ask questions about health and security. We also had a Student Representative Council inauguration and final year thanksgiving virtually” he said.
He explained that CUL was being run on a template which they did not prepare for but they made good use of the opportunities the online system presented.
“We are happy that we didn’t miss a school day in the semester, we are on schedule and we always have all our meetings online.
“Those who paid their school and accommodation fees during the lockdown will get a refund. We sent the bill in anticipation of resumption and we sent a message immediately about the refund when we noticed resumption would be delayed,” said Owens-Ibie.
He also commended the Parents Forum of the University for building a medical centre for the school, adding that all the programmes in the school had been accredited.
“Our medical centre will soon be roofed and it is a project commenced by our PF, we also plan to have isolation centre on campus. All our programmes are accredited and our college of law is about to take off,” Owens-Ibie hinted.