A presentation on creating academic content through digital multimedia recently took place via the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN). NgREN, which seeks to provide top-quality network infrastructure to foster communication and research at its member institutions, made use of its videoconferencing platform to facilitate the presentation, which was delivered by a professor at Howard University in the United States.
The presentation had three goals. First, it sought to make NgREN member institutions familiar with tools for collaborative teaching and learning that can create highly accessible academic content. Second, it nudged them toward using those tools for distance and on-campus learning. Third, it encouraged member institutions to adopt tools like the ones presented for the purposes of collaboration and research.
Representatives from every cluster of NgREN, including students, deans, staff from information technology departments, directors of research, and vice chancellors, attended the presentation. After the presentation concluded, they expressed gratitude for NgREN’s efforts in putting it together and were invited to suggest topics for future lectures.
Since the advent of digital technology, educators and technology companies have sought to deliver content to students in ways that engage them in the material and enhance their ability to learn. Cambridge-Hitachi, an organization founded through a partnership between tech giant Hitachi Solutions and the educators at the Cambridge University Press, has been at the forefront of this effort since 2003. Specializing in educational software, as well as the tools and training needed to bring the software into the classroom, the organization has won numerous awards and accolades since its establishment just over a decade ago.
Working with subject experts at the top of their respective fields and software engineers who specialize in user-friendly platforms, Cambridge-Hitachi has succeeded in making numerous educational products that have been a hit with teachers and students alike. With clients that have included Williams F1, The Co-operative Bank, the London Grid for Learning, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the organization has created content aimed at young students and seasoned professionals alike. Unlike companies that simply deliver software, Cambridge-Hitachi also provides live training in how to use the software most effectively, as well as marketing services.
Learn more at Cambridge-Hitachi.com.
Highlighting the success of the nation’s anti-polio campaign, Nigeria has seen a significant reduction in the number of polio cases this year. Medical experts predict that with a sustained effort, the country could be completely free of the debilitating disease in 2015.
At the 10th meeting of the Task Force on Polio Eradication, Dr. Ado Mohammed noted that this year Nigeria has only had five cases of polio, a 95 percent decline. Dr. Ado also pointed to dramatic improvements in the quality of local governments’ polio-control efforts.
A polio surveillance system is currently in operation throughout the nation. Its purpose is to monitor the occurrence of polio cases and track the success of the eradication effort. According to Dr. Ado, this system has proven to be robust, although strife in regions like Borno and Yobe has caused some problems.
The risks of violence and the recent Ebola outbreak threatens these recent anti-polio successes, cautioned Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, minister of state for health. He urged the medical community of Nigeria to remain steadfast in the coming years to avoid a reversal of the impressive gains it has made in the fight against polio.