Nigerians have been urged to embrace professional education and life long learning to make education practical for the development of the Country.
Regional Director of West Africa for Blackboard Incorporation, Victor Murage gave the advice in National universities Commission, Abuja while speaking on Blackboard partnership with Gregory University and other Universities in Nigeria.
Murage who said that the Blackboard Incorporation is a new learning experience that will move education from the classroom stated that the platform through technology will create and open more access to education for Nigerians.
Speaking on the need to create knowledge based economy in Africa , the Regional Director said that the e-learning platform will help create business model that can sustain Universities .
“Blackboard is in Nigeria to create a global learning network in Nigeria and this will help promote students -teachers interactiveness via the new technology, it will also create more access and bring education closer to individuals who desire to improve on their status.
“It is a platform of innovation that Africa as a continent needs to create knowledge based economy and to address her immediate challenges and needs, ” the Director explained.
Murage stated that the technology will also help implement anti- plagiarism policy in Nigerian universities, saying that this will reduce plagiarism of intellectual works in the Nigeria University System.
Representative of Gregory University Uturu, Ben Ekwueme, said the partnership between Blackboard Incorporation and the school will bring about highly connected workflows that will enable students and lecturers connect and interact better with their community in a simple, seamless and easy way.
“Blackboard will provide our university as well as other universities in Nigeria an integrated data and analytics that will help students track and manage their own learning experience as well as their connection to others,” Mr Ekwueme added.
The Blackboard e-learning technology is currently used in Ghana and now been introduced to Nigerians.