With hundreds of tertiary institutions shutdown for lack of capability to sustain students’ engagement during the pandemic, Coal City University has continued to outride the challenges posed by the COVID-19. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Afam Icha-Ituma has announced the successful completion of the e-testing exercise that was conducted for students’ assessment.
According to a statement released to the University media team on Monday June 15th 2020, Professor Ituma maintained that the exercise was mandatory for students’ participation as it will be used to ascertain their level of comprehension of the courses taught online as compared to those taught in the traditional classroom. He also said it will form 40% of the assessment required for evaluation of students’ academic performance in the semester.
Recall that Coal City was first among Universities in Nigeria to announce its migration to a virtual learning platform and has since been delivering lectures to students through the platform called myCCU. Recently the school conducted its fourth matriculation using the platform, all participants, officials and guest were connected live on Google meet, YouTube and Facebook. Freshmen were admitted to the University’s oath and asked to submit the hardcopy of the oath when the school reopens.
In the statement, the Vice-Chancellor said “the virtual learning environment has become our new reality, our well-laid plans have been utterly disrupted by the pandemic and no one knows how long it will dominate our operations but it’s crucial to quickly adapt, alter or redo things. To this end, companies and organizations that intent to remain relevant must adjust and have an unwavering sense of commitment to their mandate” .
He applauded the ICT Unit for their tireless commitment to guaranteeing the reliability of the exercise. Professor Ituma also revealed that there were special features that were made available to thwart the effort of students who might attempt any form of examination malpractice and irregularities. He assured that a pre-test of the exercise was conducted, questions were sent to some selected students as a way of ensuring that the exercise goes as planned. Some of the test features were strengthened after the pre-test thus, resulting in a hitch-free online assessment.
He further explained that “We have much to contend with right now as the COVID-19 crisis continues to upend the educational system around the world, academic activities will depend on the status of the pandemic but we have risen to the occasion and have deployed our ICT infrastructure to ensure that learning, teaching and research will continue at the highest levels of excellence. The decisions we make have long-lasting implications that can either make or break our reputation that is why we are making sure that every decision taken must be in service to our mission”
“We want to produce well-rounded intellectuals, knowledge miners and globally employable graduates. We have academic staff who have the competence, international experience and have the understanding of industry needs who will ensure that students are adequately prepared for the working world. We are relentlessly working towards achieving this goal.”
Professor Afam expressed optimism over the corona virus and thinks it may be losing steam, a welcome sign for a world weary of nonstop COVID 19 fears. He said ” even though we are uncertain of when things will finally go back to normal we are hopeful that in the nearest future all of these will become history”.
by Gladys Shaba