Participants with Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole. On his left is Prof. Goski Alabi and right, Prof. Christine I. Olufue.

A three-day workshop on how to improve the use of technology enabled learning in single and dual-mode open, distance and eLearning institutions in Ghana has commenced.

The programme is being organised by the Regional Training and Research Institute for Distance and Open Learning (RETRIDOL), based at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

The event which started on Monday brought together 40 from 10 universities and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) at the Laweh University College.

Welcoming participants, Consulting President of Laweh University College, Prof. Goski Alabi emphasised that Open, Distance, and eLearning (ODeL) has become the “New Normal”, thus, it should be embraced and developed for the optimum use and benefits of institutions.

Prof. Christine Ofulue, Director, RETRIDOL, indicated that one of the goals of the workshop is how to motivate learners to think critically about issues and challenges and apply Technology-Enabled Learning tools to solve them.

She underscored the importance of ODeL in universities and called on participants to help develop situation-specific policies to guide their respective institutions.

Resource persons included; Director ICT, Association of African Universities(AAU); Nodumo Dhlamini, Director,  Learning Content Management System; Dr Adewale Adesina, and Research Fellow, RETRIDOL.

Topics being treated include the History, Evolution of Distance, Online and Blended Learning; Current Policy in participating institutions; Policy Considerations for Technology-Enabled Learning; Technology-Enabled Learning and Infrastructure Considerations; and ICTs for Teaching and Learning.

Others are Using Multimedia for Teaching and Learning; Identification and Integration of Open Educational Resources; and Quality Assurance Considerations for E-Learning.