Director’s Profile

Dr Adesina
Director's Profile

Dr. Adesina holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Adult Education and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. She obtained a Masters Degree in Adult Education, specializing in Literacy and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D) in the same field. She specialized in Psychology of Learning in the Adult Years.

She joined the Commission in December 1997 and rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Director in 2007, a rank she maintained until her appointment as a Director in 2014.

Vision

To be the catalyst in the Commission’s quest to enthrone and promote best practices in the delivery of quality university education through the instrumentality of the open and distance mode, for the purpose of producing globally competitive entrepreneurial graduates who are relevant to National development.

Mission

The Department of Open and Distance Education seeks to regulate the quality of open and distance / Cross-border provision of university education  in  Nigeria,  in order to ensure that Nigeria optimizes these modes, in ameliorating the problem of inadequate access  and in fast-tracking  high level human capacity production for national development and global competitiveness in line with regulatory frameworks / guidelines  that Government may lay down (through the Commission) from time to time

Mandate & Functions

In pursuance of the vision and mission of the Department of Open and Distance Education, the major functions of the Department shall be to:

  • Promote and coordinate the orderly mainstreaming of the open and distance learning mode of delivering university education in Nigeria;
  • Set and regulate the standard of open and distance learning practice in the Nigerian university system (NUS) in line with the provisions of the “Guidelines for Open and Distance Learning in Nigerian Universities”
  • Advice the Federal Government of Nigeria on the desirability and conditions for the establishment of degree-awarding ODL institutions and academic programmes in Nigeria;
  • Facilitate and strengthen the development of institutional and professional capacity for sustainable deployment of the ODL mode in the NUS;
  • Collaborate with appropriate Departments in the Commission to  ensure the delivery of quality university education by the (ODL) mode
  • Liaise and collaborate with appropriate institutions in the public and private sectors within and outside Nigeria to ensure that the standard of ODL programmes and practice in the NUS are consistence with global best practice; and
  • Engage in any other activities that will facilitate the optimization of the ODL mode in enhancing access to quality university education in Nigeria.
  • The Department of ODE is also charged with responsibility for dealing with all issues pertinent to the cross-border provision of university education in Nigeria. In this regard, the Department shall:
  • Advice the Federal Government on the desirability and conditions for the cross-border provision of university education in Nigeria within the framework of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) of which Nigeria s a signatory;
  • Establish and review from time to time, the regulatory framework to assure quality in the provision of cross-border university education in Nigeria, as enunciated in the NUC “Guidelines for Cross-Border provision of University Education in Nigeria”
  • Facilitate and strengthen the development of institutional and professional capacity in the NUS for sustainable optimization of cross-border educational opportunities by Nigerian universities and other stakeholders;
  • Liaise and collaborate with appropriate quality assurance agencies in exporting countries to ensure parity of standard, reciprocity and mutual recognition of qualification between Nigeria and home countries of foreign educational providers;
  • Liaise and collaborate with the quality assurance agencies of other countries to develop a database of recognized universities and their accredited qualifications to obviate the threat posed by degree and accreditation mills;
  • Forge and sustain partnerships and collaborations with appropriate institutions in the public and private sectors within and outside Nigeria, to enable Nigeria derive maximum benefit from the cross-border provision of quality university education as an additional means of enhancing access;
  • Forge and sustain partnerships and collaborations with appropriate institutions in the public and private sectors within and outside Nigeria, to Promote the internationalization of university education;
  • Be a focal point on behalf of the Commission for engendering the achievement of harmonization, mutual recognition of degrees, diplomas and other qualifications among countries on the African continent, towards a viable African credit transfer system to facilitate student and staff mobility across borders on the continent; and
  • Undertake any other activities that will facilitate the optimization of cross-border educational opportunities in fulfilling the objectives of enhancing access to quality university education in Nigeria.
  • The third broad mandate of the Department is the promotion and regulation of E-learning in the NUS. In this regards the department shall:
  • Promote, popularize and coordinate, the deployment of E-learning tools in the delivery of university education in Nigeria;
  • Set and regulate the standard of E-learning practice in the Nigerian university system (NUS);
  • Facilitate and strengthen the development of institutional and professional capacity in the NUS for sustainable optimization and deployment of E-teaching opportunities in Nigerian universities;

Forge and sustain partnerships and collaborations with appropriate institutions in the public and private sectors within and outside Nigeria, to enable Nigeria derive maximum benefit from E-learning in the provision of quality university education in the NUS

Departmental Divisions

Open and Distance Learning Division
  • Open Universities Section;
  • Dual Mode Universities Section.
Cross Border Education Division
  • Internationalization  & Cross-border Collaboration Section;
  • Trans- National Qualifications Evaluation/ Recognition Section.
E-Learning Division
  • E-learning Content Development & Quality Section;
  • E-learning  Infrastructure Section.

Departmental Documents

GUIDELINES FOR OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES