WELCOME TO THE CENTRE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING/CE
Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is increasingly becoming popular because of its flexibility and learner friendly approach, particularly to those who could not get access to the formal education: The candidates are not in the campus and they are often distributed, either geographically or temporally, and are expected to study from home, or in spare periods during their working day. These students rely heavily on an asynchronous study environment in which content is delivered through self study materials, and tutor mediated support which is normally done through correspondence supplemented with occasional face-to-face contact or and telephone conversations.
The establishment of the Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education (CDL&CE) was to meet the dire need to provide the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja an institution of learning whose objectives could meet up with the ideals and concept that informed its establishment with national outlook.
The Ezeilo Committee report recommended that a conventional university should be established in the FCT. It was further recommended that the CDL&CE should form a strong component of the University to carry out the functions of the defunct National Open University.
The Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education, University of Abuja is offering many programmes which are capable of improving skills capacity building of adult learners. The programmes includes: Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Arts, Education and Agricultural Economics. These programmes would have a bearing on national development through employment generation and production of word class products.
The CDL&CE is credited with several relative advantages when compared with the conventional face to face education. These include the choice of course of study and the timing of the study, absence of age limit, the opportunity to combine studies with other callings, the use of various devices to enforce learning such as specially prepared guide materials, radio, television, Information Communication Technology (ICT), telephone and more importantly more learners can benefit from Open and Distance Learning irrespective of their geographical spread and location. Web-based training or e-training, an innovative approach to distance learning, can be effectively utilized for delivering knowledge to individuals anywhere in the world.
The University established a Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education (CDLCE) to provide opportunity for university education to a wide spectrum of working and business people within and outside the University of Abuja's immediate environment. The operational base of the CDLCE since its establishment has been at the complex used as administrative block by the defunct National Open University, Garki, Area 3, Abuja. The facility used as offices is at present too crowded. There is need for expansion to accommodate more senior academic and administrative staff.
Although the Centre has some facility for the contact sessions with students at its permanent site at the Kado Centre, it has also depended on the facilities provided, after due payments, by the Department of Education, Federal Capital Development Authority. The contact venues are spread within Abuja, such as Model Primary School, Asokoro; Government Secondary School, Festival Road, Garki; Primary Schools at Areas 10 and 1, Garki. There are in these centres about one thousand chairs owned by the CDLCE. However, with the movement of the Centre to its permanent site, it is expected that the provision of infrastructure will significantly improve.
Graduands are awarded their Degrees by the University SENATE. The Centre offers only the in-house Degree programmes for now i.e. Programmes being run by the conventional or ‘regular’ system of the University. Except Natural Sciences, Theatre Arts, College of Health Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture and Law, all others are currently being run by the CDL & CE.
The CDLCE enrolled its first set of students in 1992. Basically, the aim of distance education is to increase access to education to a large number of citizens interested in furthering their education with a view to improving themselves educationally and professionally. Unlike the formal system, distance education is designed to democratize and liberalize education to facilitate the pursuit of knowledge without sacrificing one's career. Thus, it enables studies to be combined with work by those that are interested in improving themselves in order to advance in their profession and careers. Indeed, one of the objectives of the system is to make life-long education the hallmark of Nigeria's educational policy
- To break all barriers inhibiting access to education through ODL and create Centre for Excellence
- Provide university education opportunities for those whom, for one reason or the other, cannot acquire such education through the regular university education system;
- Provide opportunities for those, who though have the regular university education, may be interested in acquiring new knowledge and some specialized skills on other areas outside their initial areas of specialization;
- Organize occasional seminars and workshops for people in both private and public sectors to enable them keep abreast of developments in their various areas; and
- Provide opportunities for life-long education.
To empower the nation with knowledge and skills by creating opportunities through affordable, open and flexible distance education for the promotion of a culture of life-long learning
The philosophy of the Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education is to remove barriers to education to those whom for one reason or the other could not acquire it through the conventional university education system by expanding opportunities. This philosophy is guided by the realization that existing universities have challenges of capacity and ODL has been found to be a viable alternative.
The objectives of the Centre shall be;
- To provide for flexible, self-paced, anywhere and anytime education;
- To provide continuous training opportunities for the nation’s workforce;
- To develop training partnerships with companies and industries, and
- To leverage technology for the enhancement of the educational process.
Our future strategy is to:
- Harness the new and emerging potential in information and communication technology to move the Centre into truly digital future.
- Put modalities in place to ensure that every student has suitable access to the internet
- Increased implementation of e-books and online learning including the use of e-tutors and e-mentors.
- Create a paperless environment that will entail every student having access to an electronic device (PC on tablet).
- Develop various strategies for funding of the Centre.
- Identifying, establish and sustain the various linkages and collaborative opportunities open to the Centre.
- Recruit qualified staff needed to run academic activities of the Centre.
- Embark on regular staff training and capacity building programme.
- Provide appropriate utility vehicles for the Centre.
- Provide adequate physical structures for smooth running of the activities of the Centre.
The CDLCE has linkages with the following outside bodies:
- Commonwealth of Learning Secretariat, Vancouver, Canada
- West African Distance Learning Association
- Nigerian Distance Education Network
- Open University of Tanzania
- Open University of London (ufs. British Council, Nigeria)
- National Teachers Institute, Kaduna (in pipeline)
- Nigerian Inter-University Centres
The Centre of Distance Learning and Continuing Education (CDL & CE) took off as an integral part of the university. The first batch of students of this component registered in October 1992. The Centre runs a number of degree and diploma course as follows:
- B.A and B.A (Ed) English Language
- B.A and B.A. (Ed) Literature in English
- B.A. and B.A. (Ed) History
- B.Sc. Accounting
- B.Sc. Business Administration
- B.Sc. Public Administration
- B.Sc. Political Science
- B.Sc. Sociology
- B.Sc. Economics
- B.Sc. Geography
- B.Sc. (Ed) Economics
- B.Sc. (Ed) Geography
- B.Sc. (Ed) Mathematics
- B.Sc. Mathematics
- B.Ed. Psychology
- B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling
- B. Agric. Econs & Extension
- B.A. Linguistics
- B.A Christian Religious Knowledge
- B.A. Islamic Religious Knowledge
The following courses are offered under the Diploma programme of the Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education (CDL&CE):
- Diploma in Accounting
- Diploma in Banking and Finance
- Diploma in Environmental Education and Management
- Diploma in Computer Studies
- Diploma in Business Administration
- Diploma in Public Administration
- Diploma in Law
- Diploma in Mass Communication
- Diploma in Library & Information Science
Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education is non-residential; teaching is carried out by means of carefully planned tuition through correspondence. The learning materials are packaged in form of self-contained instructional materials, well-structured and sequence to facilitate systematic reading. Short face-to-face monthly weekend contact sessions are also a part of the schedule of the distance learning programme. Lectures, practical and tutorials supplement the correspondence materials. Presently, 38,260 students are registered with the Centre and all their academic activities are restricted to the Abuja Study centre.
Field studies used to be the pivot of the Centre’s activities. The country was divided into four zones into which the 36 states of the Federation were grouped. Each zone had a study centre located in a tertiary institution. In all, there were eleven study centres. By 1994 due to the cost involved, the University decided to limit the programme to Abuja the Federal Capital. However, following the acceptance of the report of a committee that looked into the operations of the report of a committee that looked into the operations of the CDL&CE, the University is planning to resuscitate the zonal arrangement this time on the six geo-political zones of the country. In pursuance of this objective, four study centres. Were in 2010 established, one each in Jigawa, Niger, Oyo, and Osun States respectively. All CDL&CE degree programmes are of five years duration.
- English Language and Mathematics (Credit scores)
- Prescribed relevant disciplines
- Minimum of 5 credit level scores from not more than 2 sittings (from any recognized Examination Bodies).
- 4 SSCE Credit level scores, plus NCE/OND with a lower-credit score (minimum) are also eligible for Admissions.
- Other relevant Credit level scores from recognized Examination Bodies within and outside Nigeria, after a thorough evaluation by F.M.E. Accreditation Unit, scheduled for that role.
Method of Application for Admissions.
The Centre Admission Committee offer candidates, Provisional Admission into any of the academic programmes by direct purchase of the Centre Forms. The Centre does not shop for its candidates through JAMB-UME. The admission exercises are conventionally preceded by both electronics and Newspaper advertisements on the subject matter.