• The management of Covenant University, Ota, has unveiled a mobile learning platform tagged ‘EduSocial’ that will improve the effectiveness of learning in the institution.

    The program was launched in partnership with Softcom Ltd and Samsung Electronics.

    While making his presentation, the Managing Partner of Softcom, Mr. Yomi Adedeji, said, “A place where learning could be more fun was what we dreamed about when I and my partner, Seindemi Olobayo, thought about ‘EduSocial.’ A platform where a student won’t need to compete with other students for access to learning materials or library resources; where interactions and discussions can be recorded for ease of reference when preparing for exams; and where you can spend a lot of time learning in a fun way.”

    He further stated, “This project offers technology entrepreneurship that now allows students validate their app ideas among 7,000 users before going into the real world. Students are now able to access class notes, library resources and interact with each other within and outside the university community.”

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    In his remarks at the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo stated, “Today is a unique day in the life of the University, a defining moment in the educational landscape, particularly in the higher education context.

    “We are gathered here to witness the launch of mobile learning in the university, an approach that is unique and novel. Our product is different from other forms of e-learning earlier adopted in the country by some state governments. What then is unique about our system?

    “All over the world, social media has enjoyed tremendous patronage and adoption among students at all levels of learning. Consequently, it was banned in schools and some offices in the US, UK and most parts of Europe because of its negative influence on learning and work ethics.

    “What we have done is to harness the features of the social media for learning, therefore, our product is a social media based e-learning system. This idea started since 2011 and we have made presentations about it at international conferences and workshops; today, it is a reality.”

    The Vice-Chancellor also listed some of the benefits of the mobile e-learning system. He explained, “It has the potential to improve the university’s internal efficiency and support learning anywhere, anytime; it is a mobile library; it offers the platform for tutorial and interaction between students, staff and faculty, and it offers a platform for communication between Management, staff and students.”

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