The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the Lagos State University’s (LASU) Open and Distance Learning and Research Institute (ODLRI).
The institution received the approval after a recent visit by the NUC’s regulatory body to assess the facilities of the institute at LASU main campus, Ojo.
The ODLRI according to a statement issued by the Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, Ademola Adekoya, was established by the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, to replace the now rested LASU External System (LASUES) and widen access to university education.
Fagbohun, who received the NUC team during their visitation, had assured the commission that LASU-ODLRI will be the gold standard in the delivery of quality university education in Africa through the Open and Distance Learning delivery platform.
“The institute will provide access to millions of knowledge seekers who are desirous of pursuing their first degrees in the university but are unable to gain admission into the regular programmes. Renowned academic and former Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Peter Okebukola, will head the ODLRI board.
“The ODLRI’s programme has several unique features. Course contents are pitched above NUC minimum standards with a slant on 21st-century skills especially critical thinking, teamwork, entrepreneurship and digital literacy. It will be delivered on a learner-friendly, easy-to-navigate e-learning platform with 24-hour learner support. It will apply global best practices in Open and Distance learning delivery.
“Another distinguishing feature is that it will embed research and development into all operations.
All course materials are pilot tested before full diffusion. There is no imported courseware as all materials are proudly homegrown in LASU. It will blend 30 percent on-campus instruction with 70 percent instruction in a technology-enabled virtual learning environment.
The approved takeoff programme is the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration,” the statement read in parts.
Source: The Guardian