*As FG launches e-learning platform
Technology is simplifying most tasks we perform in our day-to-day life. Technological innovations have redefined the teaching and learning process over time. The learning management systems has evolved from the teaching machine invented by Sidney Pressy in 1924 to cloud-based learning management systems today.
The power of Information Technology (IT) for education lies in its ability to provide a cost-effective platform with rich content for reaching out to people. ICT plays a pivotal role in the education transformation process and governments all over the world are recognizing the potential for ICT as a fundamental pillar that drives education development and creates an enabling environment for learning.
Based on this, the Federal Government launched an e-platform – the Public Service Learning Management System (PSLMS) – for capacity building of the Nigerian public service workforce.
Speaking during the launch in Abuja, administrator of the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, said the e-platform, a tripartite partnership with the institute, Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd and Sawtel Technologies Institute was for capacity building, examination, data management and other numerous benefits to the Nigerian public service.
Obatoyinbo pointed out that the platform was populated with over 1000 courses and had the capacity of having 10 million users at once, adding the institute has also developed e-learning passport to record courses completed by any officer, a move that would help monitor the capacity building sessions completed by each officer at a glance.
“It has the capacity of segmenting courses as may be required by MDAs and state governments and also has the capacity of having 10 million users at once. We are also reviewing our curriculum to guarantee public service excellence,” he added.
Earlier, the head of the civil service of the federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, said e-platform aimed at repositioning the public service for effective delivery was in line with the 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government and the federal civil service strategy and implementation plan on capacity building and personal development of public servants.
She commended the PSIN for demonstrating that the dream of transforming the civil service from cost to revenue generation centres through the PSLMS innovation, even as she urged civil servants to take advantage of the innovation to enhance their capacities for overall performance of the public service.
In her remarks, the managing director of NIGCOMSAT, Ms. Abimbola Alele, said the e-learning management system would structure education resources into curriculum-based e-learning courses and programmes that allow users to interact with the resource persons, receive immediate feedback and track individual student development, adding reports could also be evaluated by supervisors of the officer or the relevant head of department.
Similarly, the chief executive officer of Sawtel Technologies, Mike Amanyi, said the power of information technology for education lies in its ability to provide a cost-effective platform with rich content for reaching out to people.
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