Educational Technology Centre
Brief on The Educational Technology Centre (ETC) at the University of Ilorin provides a supportive environment for the evaluation and integration of educational technologies to enhance learning, teaching, research and community service. The Centre’s staffs provide assistance to Faculties and students in the review of existing print instructional materials, the development of new instructional materials, and the development of online, video or audio resources. The Centre also provides support for the University in the coverage of social events.
The Coordinator of the Centre is Dr. (Mrs.) M. F. Salman, a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education.
What is the Vision of ETC?
The Educational Technology Centre views educational technology as the systematic application of knowledge of human learning to the practical problems associated with human learning and teaching. The Centre assists faculty, staff, and students to participate in the development of educational technologies, innovative teaching models, and new approaches to teaching through:
- Serving as a laboratory for undergraduate and graduate programmes in
- educational technology, science education, arts and social sciences education, and basic education courses.
- Serving as a laboratory for practical aspects of teacher education particularly as microteaching laboratory.
- Seminars and training sessions that focus on equipping individuals to make effective and efficient use of educational technologies.
- Support for faculty research projects to ensure the translation of research into practice
- Demonstration of the latest application of instructional equipment, multi-media, distance learning and other forms of educational technologies
- Engagement programme and collaboration to link The Educational Technology Centre to Nigerian Primary and Secondary Schools, the larger community, and the business industry.
To achieve the stated vision and to better serve the national and international community concerted efforts are needed from educational stakeholders through:
Development of funding relationship with foundations, corporations, and other outside funding agencies.
Donation of state-of-the-art hardware and software that be used by
students, faculty, and staff; and
Establishment of partnership with businesses and others interested in the
Location on Campus
The Educational Technology Centre is located within the Educational Technology Building, at the Western end of the Main Campus of the University of Ilorin, within the Faculty of Education premises. The Centre has six laboratories/studios, two well-reinforced stores and a Coordinator Office, on the first floor of the building. The six studios/laboratories are:
- Computer Laboratory
- Photography Studio
- Television Production Studio
- Technical Drawing Studio
- Modelling and Graphic Studio, and
- Technical Maintenance Laboratory
Historical Development of the ETC
The University was established as a Federal Government University in 1975. The Faculty of Education was established as one of the pioneering faculty at the incipient state of the University. The Faculty of Education established the audio visual unit to serve as laboratory for the student teachers enrolled in her several programmes. This audio-visual unit served as the precursor for the establishment of the University wide Educational Technology Centre.
At its meeting of the 6th of May 1982, the Academic Planning Committee of the University set up a committee to advise the Committee on the establishment of a Centre for Educational Technology at the University of Ilorin. Membership of the committee was drawn from faculties and units of the University. The task force visited a number of universities and educational institutions in Nigeria which had similar centres. The taskforce recommended that a Centre for Educational Technology be established at the University in three phases. In Phase I, the centre was to be overseen by the Faculty of Education and manned by a Coordinator; in Phase II, the Centre is to be independent of any Faculty and manned by an Assistant Director; while in Phase III the Centre is to have its own building under a Director.
Based on the recommendation of the Task Force the Senate of the University approved the establishment of the Centre for Educational Technology, which was to be temporarily housed in the Faculty of Education, at the Mini Campus in October, 1984. In 1994, the temporary location was moved along with Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology to the Main Campus of the University. Further development was the building of the Permanent Educational Technology Centre structure at the Main Campus of the University. The building was commissioned by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo on the 5th of January 2002.
Educational Technology Centre Staff
The Educational Technology Centre, University of Ilorin is manned by competent staff with expertise in such areas like electronics, graphics, photography, and so on. The Coordinator oversees the activities of the Centre. The Coordinator is usually an academic staff with relevant background in the area of educational technology. The current Coordinator, Dr. (Mrs.) M. F. Salman is a Senior Lecturer in a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education.
Equipment Available for Checkout from the ETC
Faculty, students, and non-teaching staff of the University of Ilorin who need equipment or materials for instruction may request for such equipment or materials. Items available for checkout include VHS players/Monitors, DVD/CD Players, Analogue Still Camera, Digital Still and Video Cameras, Windows PC, and other audio-visual equipment. Because of limited number of equipment reservation may have to be made by faculty, students, and non-teaching staff. Items include:
- Digital Still Cameras
- Digital Video Cameras
- DVD Players
- Audio Cassette recorders
- Digital Audiotape recorders
- Boom Box with CD Players
- Microphones (wired, wireless handheld, and wireless lavaliere
- 16 mm Film Projectors
- 35 mm slide Projectors
- Overhead Projectors
- VHS Video Cameras
- VHS VCR/Monitor Carts
- Projection Screens
- Analogue Video editing machines
- CLOAK (Classroom on kart)
- Lettering and Drawing Materials
- Magnetic Boards
- Filmstrip Projectors
- Opaque Projectors
- Computer Printers (Laser, Inkjet, Line, etc.)
- Among others.
For more information regarding equipment availability contact the desk officer at the Centre.