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Technology, best way to teach new generation of students – Bowen VC

By Olajide Idowu [NAN]

Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, the Vice Chancellor (VC), Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, has called for the adoption of technology in teaching the new generation of students.

Ogunwole made the call on Thursday while addressing newsmen on the achievements of the institution, especially in proffering solutions to some identified problems in teaching modern-day students and children.

The VC explained that from the experiment carried out by the faith-based university on its students using electronic teaching platforms, learning was found to be easier and easily assimilated by students.

He said that the school tested the reading abilities and the cognitive processing of some of its students through an experimental online reading (WhatsApp) group.

He said that the students, with lecturers observing, were asked to read two chapters of selected books daily and discuss in their WhatsApp group.

The result of the experiment, he said, clearly showed that students found it fun and interesting to read and discuss assignments presented to them on familiar or social media platforms.

“We now present books to our students through e-books and we have come to understand that coming down to their level helps to gain their attention, pass information and educate them better.

“We have adopted using projectors and practical visuals in our classrooms, where lecturers explain theories with visual and video presentations.

“We cannot continue teaching like we were taught 30 years to 40 years ago, so the way to go with this new generation is technology,” he said.

The VC said Bowen had earlier adopted technology in teaching, so much so that when COVID-19 and the lockdown prevented students from attending physical classrooms, the institution simply transited to online visual teaching.

According to him Bowen prides in being the first university in Nigeria to have conducted invigilated and supervised online examinations. (NAN)

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