Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Covenant University Professor Williams Counsels Faculty, Staff on Importance of ADAPTI Training

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams (4th L), Registrar, Dr Oluwasegun Omidiora (5th L), Director, Lifelong Learning, Dr Stephen Ojeka (L) with the ADAPTI Facilitators

Every member of faculty and staff of Covenant University must go through the Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) training to further enhance their job performance and help increase their publications output.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Akan Williams gave the exhortation on the closing day of the just ended week-long capacity-building initiative for faculty and staff of Covenant and powered by the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI).

Professor Williams, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, remarked that the DBI had over the years shown an outstanding commitment to training schools across the country, and Covenant had been a significant beneficiary. While thanking the DBI team for executing a beneficial training package and for inspiring such great feedback and impact, he commended the Covenant University Directorate of Lifelong Learning for liaising with the DBI team to make the training a success.

Professor Williams expressed the desire to have the team back on another round of impactful training, especially for members of the Covenant University community yet to benefit from the initiative. He added that the import of having such activity in the digital age could not be overemphasised.

The Registrar, Covenant, Dr Oluwasegun Omidiora, in his remarks, appreciated the DBI team and expressed his excitement at the impact of the training on Covenant. He commended the team for doing a great job of impacting the participants so strongly, evidenced by the deluge of testimonials and his personal experience when he took the training a while ago. Dr Omidiora said that the University would like to have the DBI team back again as soon as possible.

The Director, Lifelong Learning, Covenant, Dr Stephen Ojeka, appreciated the University Management for facilitating the training and supporting the Centre. He stated that the leader of the DBI team had assured that his team would make a future come back to Covenant.

Earlier in his speech at the closing ceremony, the DBI Team Lead, Mr Clinton Martins, stated that the ADAPTI programme, sponsored by the Nigerian Communications Commission, was aimed at equipping staff of tertiary institutions with ICT skills for improved teaching, administration, and research.

He explained that the organisation had various yardsticks for identifying people who would get the certificates at the end of the training. The initiative, he said, was more focused on imparting knowledge and skills than in giving certificates; as such, certificates were given only to participants who showed up in class and were active during lectures.

He stated that more emphasis was put on the skills to be acquired at the programme to ensure that participants could defend the certificates given to them after the training.

While testifying to the impact the training made on her, a participant, Dr Omolola Omotosho, said that she could apply most of the parameters to her research and now do more of qualitative research on her own.

Other members of the ADAPTI training team included Professor Kayode Ayinde, Dr Samuel Adams, Mr Oluwatobi Durojaiye, a Covenant University Alumnus, and Mr Oluwatosin Odedele.

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