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  • It is indeed an honor for me to welcome you as colleague, leaders, and future builders of the eLearning community at the University of Jos. I hope you recognize the historic nature of this occasion. JCPC on one hand, but equally important, the University is saying to you “We believe it you… We are investing in your future. We are investing in you because we believe that you offer the greatest promise for helping us to transition from teaching with chalk to teaching with technology. We are investing in you because we believe that you can lead others as we embark on this journey from having the best ICT infrastructure at a Nigerian university to having the most dynamic eLearning communities in Africa.Some of you may be thinking: Can I lead this eLearning revolution that lies on the horizon? Am I ready? Do I have the technological skills necessary? I say to you: “Yes you can, Yes you are and yes you do. While computer literacy is important. Interest, determination, and perseverance are equally so.


  • 1. JCPC Department Initiatives Intervention
    Building eLearning Communities at the University of Jos
  • 2. Donna Oti, PhD
  • 3. Overview
    DII background
    Goals and objective
    The ICT environment which necessitated them
    The eLearning Fellowship
    The concept
    Roles and responsibilities
    The Departmental Initiatives
    learning model
  • 4. DII Background
    Goal: To support and empower departments, faculties, and units to use ICT to improve the quality of teaching, learning, research, and administration
  • 5. DII Objectives
    To stimulate the use of existing ICT facilities for effective teaching and learning
    To support ICT initiatives at the department and unit level by awarding innovative ideas
    To empower academic staff to use technology to improve the quality of teaching and learning
    To encourage female participation in ICT departmental initiatives
  • 6. JCPC eLearning Fellowship
    What is a Fellowship?
    A professional or academic community or like-minded individuals collaborating to achieve a common goal or advance the discipline
    What is your primary role as a Fellow?
    To boldly go where no woman has gone before
    To master the online pedagogy literature
    To solve pedagogical challenges facing Unijos
    To share your knowledge with wider academic communities
  • 7. eLearning Fellowship Curriculum
    Module 1: Building the Foundation for Successful eLearning Initiatives
    Module 2: Enriching Teaching and Learning Through the Use of Technology
    Module 3: Pedagogical Challenges for the Jos Context
     Module 4: Discipline Specific Pedagogical Issues
  • 8. JCPC eLearning Fellowship
  • 9. eLearning Fellowship Example
    Web Initiative in Teaching Fellow, 2001-2002
    Created course web site for journalism
    Advised student newspapers for three universities
    Created online newspapers for two universities
    Trained individual to teach online at the University of Maryland University College
    Consultant for educational software for test administration and course management
  • 10. Departmental Initiatives
    To support ICT initiatives at the department and unit level by awarding innovative ideas
    To encourage active learning, to support collaboration, and emphasize application and relevance
  • 11. DI Learning Model
    Active teaching and learning
    Collaborative teaching and learning
    Emphasis on application and relevance
  • 12. Active Learning
    The assumption that the learner’s active involvement in the learning process is essential to good practice.
    Instructors serve not only as lecturers but also as facilitators of learning who manage the learning process by engaging learners in a variety of activities (lectures being but one) that lead students to an understanding of course content and the development of academic and professional competence.
  • 13. Collaborative Learning
    Structures that encourage and facilitate collaboration are central to the Teaching and Learning Model.
    Students find benefit in instructional practices that encourage collaboration. This adds a robust “horizontal” dimension to the learning exchange as students teach and learn from one another.
  • 14. Application and Relevance
    There is wide agreement in the literature that the best learning occurs when bridges are built between new knowledge and the learner’s experience—it makes learning relevant to the learners.
  • 15. Significance and Similarities
    eLearning fellowship
    Engage students by teaching with technology
    Team course development encourages intra and inter-group collaboration
    Emphasis on a number of technology solutions for enabling students to apply knowledge and learn in context: games, simulation, case studies…
    Departmental initiative
    Using technologies to address discipline-specific challenges
    Departmental initiatives support varied perspectives on teaching and learning challenges
    Opportunities for lecturers to collaborating on experimental learning projects
  • 16. Summary
    The fellowship and Departmental Initiatives help support the common goal of empowering departments, faculties, and units to use ICT to improve the quality of teaching, learning, and research.
  • 17. Conclusion – what now?
    It’s all about you
    Your role
    Your leadership style
    Your responsibility
    It’s time to set goals
    Commitment is Key
    Ask questions
    Finish the race
  • 18. References
    Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction (Online Teaching and Learning Series (OTL)) by Rita-Marie Conrad and J. Ana Donaldson (2004)
    Exploring the Digital Library: A Guide for Online Teaching and Learning (Online Teaching and Learning Series (OTL)) by Kay Johnson and Elaine Magusin(2005)
    Faculty Development Companion Workbook Module 9:: Teaching Online by Amy Solomon and Quantum Integrations (2006)
    Teaching Online: A Practical Guide, 2d Edition by Susan Ko and Steven Rossen, (2004)
    The Tools for Successful Online Teaching by Lisa Dawley(2007)