With hundreds of tertiary institutions having been shutdown for lack of capability to sustain students’ engagement during the pandemic, Coal City University has continued to out stride the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Afam Icha-Ituma has announced the successful completion of the e-testing exercise 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 would be used to ascertain their level of comprehension of the courses taught online as compared to those taught in the traditional classroom mode. He also said it would form 40% of the assessment required for evaluation of students’ academic performance in the semester.
Coal City University was the first of all Nigerian universities to announce its migration to a virtual learning platform and has since been delivering lectures to students through the platform called myCCU. The school conducted recently its fourth matriculation using the platform. All participants, officials and guests 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 and restructure traditional operations. To this end, companies and organizations that intend 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 effective special features were provided to thwart the effort of students who might attempt any form of examination malpractice and irregularities. He affirmed that a pre-test of the exercise was conducted, questions were sent to some selected students as a way of ensuring that the exercise would go as planned. Some of the test features were strengthened after the pre-test and the result was 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 the service of our mission.
“We want to produce well-rounded intellectuals, knowledge miners and globally employable graduates. We have academic staff with the competence, international experience and the understanding of industry needs, who will ensure that students are adequately prepared for the challenges of the outside world. We are relentlessly working towards achieving this goal.”
Professor Ituma expressed optimism that the corona virus might have started losing steam, a welcome sign for a world weary of nonstop fear of the pandemic.
by Gladys Shaba