Prof. Mrs. Goski Alabi, President of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE), has persuaded all stakeholders of education to take virtual learning seriously as it has become the “new normal” in education.
According to Prof. Mrs. Alabi, developments in education, particularly the presence of COVID-19, have made it more compelling for every institution to incorporate Open, Distance and e-Learning(ODeL) into its structures for it not to be left out in the scheme of things.
She made these remarks in her Opening Remarks to the ACDE Pre-Conference Workshop held virtually on Monday, September 27. The Workshop was under the theme, “Enhancing Quality Through the ACDE Quality Assurance Toolkit.”
With ODeL now the in-thing, it has become necessary to build capacity of institutions that would ensure that quality assurance in content of delivery is not compromised.
Prof. Mrs. Alabi, who is also President of Laweh Open University College, Accra, said the workshop aimed at, among other things, preparing and developing capacity of relevant stakeholders for certification ODeL purposes; familiarising participants with the ACDE Quality Assurance Toolkit and for participants to reflect on Trends in Higher Education and Implications for Quality Challenges in a fast-changing terrain.
She said the ACDE Quality Assurance Toolkit would help ensure harmonisation of ODeL policies in Africa.
ACDE Pre-Conference Workshop is the curtain raiser of the three-day 6th ACDE Triennial Conference, which commenced on September 27 and will end on September 29, 2021. It is under the theme “Open and Distance Learning, the Continental Education Strategy for Africa and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4(SDG 4).” It will feature eminent academics, researchers and industry practitioners.
Prof. Mrs Goski Alabi, President of African Council for Distance Education