According to Dayo Olajide, communication officer of the Distance Learning Centre, the University of Ibadan on July 18, 2018, “the University has again blazed the trail.

Going by the strides of the Distance Learning Centre (DLC), the 21st Century Open Distance Learning (ODL) reality has become undeniable. The centre does not have to bask in the belief of seeing ODL as an evolving academic trend in this part of the world, it is apparent that its relevance has become phenomenal in the Nigerian Open Distance Education (ODE) terrain.”

“It should be recalled that a twenty-man National Universities Commission (NUC) team visited the Centre for a Validation and Revalidation exercise between Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Interestingly, the exercise happened exactly six years after the exercise which led to the loss of nineteen programmes. Prior to that NUC Revalidation Exercise held between April 29 and May 3, 2012, the UIDLC had twenty-five programmes on its Open Distance Learning platform.”

“The need to have accepted and accredited programmes was at the forefront of the UIDLC Management’s drive for best global practice; hence, all the available programmes were presented for revalidation. Howbeit, only six programmes survived that revalidation exercise.”

Nine new programmes to be run on the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre (UIDLC), Open Distance Learning Platform (ODL) has been approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC), in which the letter was received by the Director, Professor Oyesoji Aremu. There, UIDLC will be advertising in NG fifteen programmes for the 2018/2019 academic session.

In a committed effort to register new strides in Open and Distance Education, the centre had presented three new programmes and six of the old programmes to NUC for validation and revalidation respectively which was been initiated before the tenure of the former Director, Professor Bayo Okunade ended. UIDLC has come out victorious through the two-day intensive NUC exercise.

The approved programmes are: B.A. History & Diplomatic Studies, B.Sc. Sociology, B.Sc. Computer Science, BLIS. Library, Archival & Information Studies, B.Ed. Guidance & Counseling, B.Ed. Adult Education, B.Ed. Educational Management, B.Sc. Statistics, and B.A. Communication & Language Art.

The Director expressed profound gratitude to the entire workforce of the Centre in Ibadan and Lagos in a family meeting held today at the DLC Morohundiya Office Complex, Idi-Ose, Ibadan. He gladly revealed that with the existing six programmes, UIDLC would advertise fifteen programmes for the 2018/2019 academic session.

By: Adedokun Seyi

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