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Daniel, Iyabode

Associate Professor of English, National Open University of Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria

Track 4 – New Delivery Tools and Resources for Learning

Comparing iLearn and Sakai as e-Learning Platforms in NOUN and UG: Successes and Shortcomings

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is a uni-modal ODL institution in Nigeria, while the University of Ghana (UG), the premier tertiary institution in Ghana, engages in a dual mode of delivery. A recent cross-national study compares the two different e-learning platforms used by these institutions to see how each, with its peculiar learning management system, engages with the online learning mode to best serve the interest of its students.

This session will provide a profile of each institution, a systemic description of the usages and workings of their respective platforms, iLearn and Sakai, and describe the strengths and the shortcomings of each platform.

Daniel, John

Chair, International Board, United World Colleges
Vancouver, Canada

Track 2 – Expanding Access, Openness and Flexibility

Open Education in a Closing World

The end of the Second World War saw the emergence of a new world order, symbolized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrated the values of openness, democracy and internationalism. Some countries resisted these values for several decades, but by the end of the 20th century they were more deeply embedded than ever. Today, this consensus is breaking down. Nationalist and populist movements are gaining support, and the foundations of education are being undermined in what is called the “post-truth” era. People’s trust in each other and in their institutions is eroding.

This session contemplates a number of questions: How can education assist in maintaining an open world in which progress can continue? And what is the role of open education in this enterprise? Education has always been the primary driver of progress, and it is through opening up education that people will be empowered to fight the trends that are closing the contemporary world.