Stakeholders canvass e-learning to improve sector
While speaking at the second edition of Edustart summit organised by Covenant University, Ota, the vice chancellor of the institution, Prof. Aaron Atayero expressed optimism that if this calls were heeded, the sector would improve and be a force to reckon it in the comity of nation.
Prof. Atayero noted that to meet the 21st century challenges, the country must integrate ICT into its teaching and learning processes, while enjoining teachers to encourage the use of social media for learning.
Atayero said the future teacher should be digital as the future of education is technology.
The vice chancellor noted that students are always one step ahead when it comes to social media and technology.
“The best teachers of the future will be those who can successfully impact skills for critical thinking towards lifelong learning. The future teacher encourages applied learning, less focused on testing and more focused on teaching skills”
On his part, Chief Digital Officer at WebCoupers, Mr. Peter Ajegbomogun who represented Google at the summit, corroborated that a bright future in education depends on technology.
Director, The Education Partnership (TEP), Mrs Modupe Adefeso-Olateju, advised that teaching should be done at the right level, saying this would enable children to acquire foundational literacy.
She added that the location of a school could play a major role in the challenges that the sector is facing.
“The location of a school and its infrastructural and resource composition can either facilitate or impede learning. Teaching should be done in settings that are serene, safe and healthy. A good learning environment must have appropriate facilities and tools to foster active learning.
“Teaching should involve the assessment of learners to identify their learning levels and any learning disabilities and making the delivery of instruction interesting and engaging. The teacher is the most important school-level variable that influences learning outcomes, and he or she should be able to make up for socio-economic disadvantage.”
She also advised school owners to instill passion into the teachers to motivate them and thereby engaging the students.
The summit brought together stakeholders to deliberate on how to make the right education available, accessible and affordable, as well as the importance of teachers in making these changes happen.
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