The Regional Training and Research Institute For Distance and Open Learning (RETRIDOL), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) have organized a three-day training workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) material Development for Academic staff from universities across the country.
The workshop which involves large presence of experts and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector is to highlight the global importance of the use of OER as a tool to migrate the rising cost of educational materials.
Declaring the workshop open in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu commended NOUN for championing the initiative.
Adamu who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Adamu, pledged to continue to support the success of distance learning in the country.
“I must congratulate the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Director of RETRIDOL and other key stakeholders within NOUN for this initiative. We shall continue to give you all the support you need to ensure the penetration of Open and Distance Learning in West Africa and beyond,” the Minister stated.
Also, the permanent representative of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Babatunde Nurudeen said so many benefits abound in OER for the academic staff of universities.
“As we have all discovered, OER can supplement and even add value to the existing curricula in place in virtually all our tertiary institutions while for the students, it can also reduce the cost of education by serving as substitutes to the use of expensive textbooks,” he stated.
The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, in his welcome address stated that the university is also trying to encourage ODL beyond the level of higher education.