The Vice-Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Prof. Sunday Elom, has said emerging technologies in teaching and learning can revolutionise education in Nigeria.
The Vice-Chancellor stated this at the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Conference of the Faculty of Education of the institution, themed” Emerging Technologies in the 21st Century Teaching and Learning” held at the Abubakar Adamu Rasheed Auditorium.
The Vice-Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Romanus Ejiaga, said that emerging technologies have the power to revolutionize education in developing countries like Nigeria by increasing access, quality, equity, and efficiency.
He asserted that the overall goal is to enable more Innovative and engaging teaching methods and learning experiences, adding that the conference is actually coming at the right time when the University is in the process of incorporating blended learning in its academic activities.
Speaking further, the Vice-Chancellor urged scholars in the field of Education and other related disciplines to develop tools that would add v6alue to both teaching and learning in this digital age in order to counter the challenges that confront Education in the 21st Century.
He maintained that in the evolving landscape of Education, institutions are urged to provide technological support that fit the needs of these diverse groups.
He reiterated that AE- FUNAI is adopting emerging technologies in its classrooms in order not to be left behind in this technological age, and admonished the teachers and students to embrace the emerging technologies and step up their digital competencies in order to fulfill the required needs of 21st century classrooms.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Dean, Faculty of Education, Dr. Francisca Ogba said that the conference is exceptional on its standard as it was aimed at providing a platform for educators, researchers, administrators and other specialists in the field, within and beyond the shores of Nigeria to keep abreast with the changing landscape of education methodologies and to discuss the opportunities and challenges in teaching and learning in the 21st Century classrooms.
The Dean, emphasized that the conference will afford all educators the opportunity to explore the potentials of emerging technologies and their roles in enhancing access to quality education. The keynote Speaker, Professor Olugbenga Gabriel Akindoju of the Department of Science and Technology Education, Lagos State University, while delivering his Speech on the theme of the conference enumerated the advantages of Electronic Learning to include; cost effectiveness , learners- dependent, quick update, boundless opportunities, good for large groups, ,constant deliver and, quick accessibility, noting that embracing e-learning is the key in Educational Research and Development. He therefore encouraged students and lecturers to avail themselves of the different relevant online tools which include; teachers aid, e-curriculum e.t.c.
He decried the numerous challenges hindering e-learning which include; electricity, funding, attitudes, internet access, policies, digital literacy, skills of the lecturers, and enabling environment.
Proffering solutions, the seasoned researcher said the way forward will be the political will of the government at all levels to support digital and e-learning in schools by adequate funding, more internet access, and digital skill upscale.