Anchor University sets to institutionalise outcome-based learning


Anchor University, Lagos, is set to bring refreshing perspectives into the teaching and learning process in Nigeria as lecturers across the country converged at the University campus in Lagos for a 3-day workshop on project-based learning. The workshop on Project-Based Learning (PBL) is organised by the University in conjunction with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the United States. It commenced on Monday 21st and will end on Wednesday 23, May 2018.

At the opening ceremony of the workshop on Monday, the Vice Chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos, Prof Joseph O. Afolayan emphasised that there is need to review the teaching processes in Nigeria if we desire to check the dwindling quality of graduates from our Universities. He also said PBL would enable the students to develop critical thinking skills that will ensure they become productive in their fields.

“Project-Based Learning would help trainers to understand and appreciate the limits of their students and ensure learners apply practical solutions to problems in classrooms and the real world,” he said as he encouraged all participants to internalise the training and apply them in their classrooms carefully.

Also addressing the participants during the opening ceremony, the Dean, Faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences as well as chairman of the local organising committee, Prof Johnston Fatokun, said Project-based learning would help both the lecturers and their students to become problem-solvers and not just theoretical learners. He pointed out that the problem with the prevalent learning system in our society today is the approach. “Once this is addressed, the sky is the limit”, he noted.

“We need to understand and systematically teach our students how the lessons in their classrooms relate to the industry and how the solutions gotten in the classrooms can help resolve everyday challenges, he added.”

Speaking during the workshop, one of the participants, Mr Fadeyi Olatunji of Department of Business Administration, Anchor University, said the workshop is bound to transform learning processes in AUL. In his words, “I am so impressed with what I have learnt so far. If this model is properly applied in classrooms, they are bound to produce graduates who are clearly ahead of their colleagues who underwent the traditional learning system.”

Also, Dr Henry Keyinde Oduwole from Nasarawa State University, Nasarawa believes that the quality of the training would help drive a new perspective in learning.  “It will improve teaching and learning in Nigeria. It will also ensure our students are well prepared for the outside world,” he said.

The training is facilitated by Paula Quinn, Associate Director, Centre for Project-based learning, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Caitlin Keller, Instructional Designer from the same Institute.

Anchor University, Lagos, is set to bring refreshing perspectives into the teaching and learning process in Nigeria as lecturers across the country converged at the University campus in Lagos for a 3-day workshop on project-based learning. The workshop on Project-Based Learning (PBL) is organised by the University in conjunction with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the United States. It commenced on Monday 21st and will end on Wednesday 23, May 2018.

At the opening ceremony of the workshop on Monday, the Vice Chancellor of Anchor University, Lagos, Prof Joseph O. Afolayan emphasised that there is need to review the teaching processes in Nigeria if we desire to check the dwindling quality of graduates from our Universities. He also said PBL would enable the students to develop critical thinking skills that will ensure they become productive in their fields.

“Project-Based Learning would help trainers to understand and appreciate the limits of their students and ensure learners apply practical solutions to problems in classrooms and the real world,” he said as he encouraged all participants to internalise the training and apply them in their classrooms carefully.

Also addressing the participants during the opening ceremony, the Dean, Faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences as well as chairman of the local organising committee, Prof Johnston Fatokun, said Project-based learning would help both the lecturers and their students to become problem-solvers and not just theoretical learners. He pointed out that the problem with the prevalent learning system in our society today is the approach. “Once this is addressed, the sky is the limit”, he noted.

“We need to understand and systematically teach our students how the lessons in their classrooms relate to the industry and how the solutions gotten in the classrooms can help resolve everyday challenges, he added.”

Speaking during the workshop, one of the participants, Mr Fadeyi Olatunji of Department of Business Administration, Anchor University, said the workshop is bound to transform learning processes in AUL. In his words, “I am so impressed with what I have learnt so far. If this model is properly applied in classrooms, they are bound to produce graduates who are clearly ahead of their colleagues who underwent the traditional learning system.”

Also, Dr Henry Keyinde Oduwole from Nasarawa State University, Nasarawa believes that the quality of the training would help drive a new perspective in learning.  “It will improve teaching and learning in Nigeria. It will also ensure our students are well prepared for the outside world,” he said.

The training is facilitated by Paula Quinn, Associate Director, Centre for Project-based learning, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Caitlin Keller, Instructional Designer from the same Institute.