UI directs virtual teaching to stem COVID-19

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The University of Ibadan has directed that teaching be conducted virtually to minimize the risk of coronavirus spreading on campus.

The new order, approved by management, will blend virtual and physical teaching subject to available logistics, manpower and resources. The Directorate of Information Technology and Media Services and the Emergency Remote Teaching Committee, ERTC, will provide technical support.

A statement by the registrar, Mr. Olubunmi Faluyi said while arrangements are ongoing to make vaccines available for all staff and students, management will embrace full online engagement if the situation warrants.

“The blended learning model should be officially decided in terms either of availability of sections of the student population for online or physical encounters or the categorization of courses as online or physical which neutralizes choice of location or keeps all students, in principle, in physical presence within and/or around the campus.,” said the registrar.

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He also said that the ERTC platforms and tools (LMS, zoom, youtube, gsuite accounts, telegram fora, solution clinics) should be maintained for use by students and staff in all cases; google meet which is practically free should, in addition, be encouraged for lectures since all academics have access to Gmail accounts; firm decisions and systematicity should be applied on the preference for the operations of blended learning to ensure effectiveness and that bigger zoom rooms for courses with more than 1800 students should be purchased and added to the existing pool.

“If the situation worsens on campus, full online engagement should be mounted for all courses as was done in the first semester, exempting only departments and units with special needs with the condition that evident strict compliance with the protocols will be observed,” the registrar explained.