ABU Distributes Laptops, iPods to Promote E-Learning

The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, said on Friday that it had introduced facilities to promote e-learning in the institution.

Prof Abdullahi Mustapha, the ABU Vice-Chancellor, stated this in Zaria at the matriculation of students for the 2013/2014 academic session.

He said that the university would soon commence the distribution of laptops and iPads to students, on loan, to enable them key into the new system of learning at the institution.

These measures, he explained, were part of the gradual phasing out of ‘analogue teaching’ at the university.

Mustapha said: “We will continue to provide you with revolutionary and state-of-the-art learning and teaching modes, skills and robust internet communication to facilitate e-learning.

“Our ultimate goal is to gradually and systematically replace the analogue teaching and learning mode delivery in line with 21st century ICT guided teaching mode.

“This is with a view to improving access to information, enhancing teaching and research and be abreast with the global method of learning delivery.”

The vice-chancellor said the university had made adequate arrangement and provided resources to achieve the goals and objectives of the institution.

“We will ultimately replace exercise books with laptops and iPads as well as analogue form of writing examination with computer based tests.

“By the beginning of second semester 2013/2014 laptops and iPads with embedded line of software will be available and students will get them with interest-free loan payable in two academic sessions,” he said.

Mustapha said students would be required to simply open an account with any of the university’s finance banks to enjoy the facility.

The vice-chancellor cautioned the new students to guard against social vices like gangsterism, cultism, indecent dressing and alcoholism, to enable them come out in flying colours.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 9,549 students matriculated at the event. (NAN)

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