NTI COLLABORATES WITH ABU’S COMPUTER INSTITUTE
Prof. Sahlu Balarabe Junaid, the leader of the trainers from ABU, Zaria and Ag. Director Quality Assurance and ICT NTI, Mal. Ibrahim Mohammed Aminu.
Staff of the Institute trained on Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) by the Iya Abubakar Computer Institute (IACI) of Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria, has been directed to put into use what they learnt to enable it to become versatile in its implementation. The MOODLE is one of the e-learning platforms being deployed in the Learning Management System (LMS) within the ICT parlance for interaction with multi-faceted clientele in many learning environments across the globe. Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the NTI Director–General and Chief Executive, gave the directives while speaking at the opening ceremony of the training programme at the SMASE Hall in the Institute on Thursday, July 5, 2018.
Represented by Mal. Ibrahim Muhammed Aminu, the NTI Acting Director for Quality Assurance and ICT, Azare expressed optimism that the exercise would be the beginning of robust and lasting partnership between the Institute and ABU. Responding, Prof. Sahlu Balarabe Junaid, the leader of the trainers and the immediate past Director of the Institute, recalled that his relationship with NTI which began for a long time would continue to wax stronger. He said that ABU has always been associated with excellence and gave the assurance that the partnership between IACI and the Institute would be a win-win one. According to him, he has been engaged in e-learning activities for the past 16 years and that he stuck out his neck to its realisation by laying its foundation in the Mid-Eastern part of the world.
“I believe that NTI, with a scope wider than a Nigerian university would deploy the usage of MOODLE effectively because it would be difficult to survive without e-learning in modern times”, he said.
Junaid availed that as the pioneer director of IACI where he held forte for nine years, MOODLE was one of the things he developed adding: “We have customised MOODLE in ABU to the extent that students were seamlessly transferred there. There are now no fewer than 13,000 MOODLE users in that university.’’ He described the objectives as laudable and advised the Institute to have the right personnel for the e-facilitation and continue to train them. Mal. Mahmud Muhammed Usman, the NTI Registrar and Secretary to Governing Council, thanked Junaid and his team and urged participants at the training to get thoroughly involved especially the Institute’s Green Teacher group to among others, enable the Institute to succeed when the Green Teacher training commences.
Usman said the decision to go on e-facilitation was informed by the fact that the Institute’s foreign partners on the Green Teacher Project said they cannot operate without the e-MOODLE. He also said that coupled with the present global trend, the Institute is now prepared to go on e-facilitation like its partners within and outside the country and advised the staff to actively participate in the training.