The entire Babcock university lecturers have completed a one -week intensive training on Total Classroom and Campus Digital Revolution (TCCDR) thus becoming the first university in Nigeria to achieve a comprehensive training and certification of all its lecturers with a view to strengthening the leadership position of the university in Nigeria and Africa.
The TCCDR project is an end-to-end first-of-its-kind- robust collaborative e-learning designed to enable the students, lecturers and parents and the school Administrators collaborate in a new integrated way that will further enhance academic excellence and boost the university global ranking as a foremost technology-driven university in the same league with the best universities in the world.
With the deployment of TCCDR, Babacock university is now making use of the same quality and quantum of technologies which the topmost one hundred universities in the World are using.
There are eleven components of the TCCDR that seamlessly connect the classrooms , students and their lecturers , hostels and cafeteria on campus.
With this, the hostels and Cafeteria and chapel will be powered by the Israeli latest technology- the In-Motion-Identification Biometrics – which helps guarantee better safety on campus by filtering away all unwanted persons from having access to every important locations on campus where students congregate most, like their hostels and chapels and cafeteria and classrooms.
While the parents also, can now have access to information about their children and wards, via a mobile app, thereby keeping them abreast of the students’ classroom performance ahead of their graduation. The TCCDR will see the Babcock University deploying a campus-wide WiFi that enables students to access archived lectures from anywhere on campus using their Customised Education-Purpose-Built Tablets (Babcock Learning Tablets – BLTs).
This comes with free Internet bundle available throughout the students’ campus life and a host of educational applications for the enhancement of learning. With the TCCDR, Babcock University will be the first university in Nigeria to have an automated cafeteria where students are identified using the In-Motion Identification (IMID) biometrics to serve meals to students.
This non-contact biometrics replaces the unhealthy contact biometrics by identifying students at a distance and clearing each student per meal and has a pass rate of 35 – 40 students per minute, thereby eliminating human traffic and reduction in time spent by students at the cafeteria. The management also can access the records for their necessary reports and planning.
Students are also going to benefit from the SAP global e-learning platform which comes with SOCIAL JAM that allows students to collaborate among one another to do their projects and assignments virtually with in-put from their lecturers that also comes virtually. Besides, each students will be issued with a Babcock Tablets that comes with free wifi internet and special software like Babcock SKOOLAPP that will help in managing health, cafeteria, and all other issues. All the classrooms are fitted with inverters and projectors and the new UPOINTER from South Korea that helps in capturing and recording all the lectures and archive them for students revisions purposes in as many times as they desire,giving students access to a border less classrooms.
The TCCDR project will enhance learning in a totally different way from the traditional classroom interaction. It will see the lecturers and students collaborate by using technology to exchange learning materials.
The training was organized by the e learning department of the university led by Professor Akanbi. In his comment Professor Akanbi showered praises on the lecturers for accepting to embrace new technologies in training their students. He expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the training exercise and the value it will bring to Babcock students in the highly competitive labour market.
On the last day of the training, the Vice Chancellor Professor Tayo and some members of the Parents Consultative Forum of the university also went round to see how the lecturers are adapting to new technology for teaching.Prof Tayo, in his speech, reiterated to the PCF representatives that the students and the lecturers are being furnished with various devices to collaborate in the classroom and use the technology to enhance learning and further boost quality of graduates being produced by the university many of whom have won awards and recognitions from various professional bodies outside the university. Professor Tayo used the occasion to reiterate his vision for the university that ”Babacock will remain a pacesetter and will continue to use the best-in-class technology to improve academic excellence on campus so that the products of Babacock university will remain competitive in the labour market” The consortium powering the TCCDR package was led by WiniGroup/IVETEC , which put together relevant solutions from six counties including Nigeria where some of the software was developed using even some Babacock graduates. The In-Motion-Identification Technology comes from Israel, some components come from South Korea, Germany, America and India. The Babcock Tablets come from Canada.
When fully commissioned according to the Chairman of the Consortium working on the TCCDR, Akano: ” The TCCDR is the best way to go in Nigeria to prepare our students for the new globalised market- one world order without any boundary. The 21st century requires different approach to education, different skills and only those institutions that are adaptable to change will thrive and prosper. We are happy about Babacock playing their usual pacesetter roles when it comes to technology. This is one of the reasons why Babcock graduates are the first choice of most employers in Nigeria today. The issue of power failure during lectures was taken into consideration and all the 120 classrooms were put on power back-up that can last 5-6 hours of uninterrupted power supply. Alos a Technology skill acquisition and Maintenance Center is being put in place at Babacock to maintain all these technologies and it will also help students who desire to acquire practical experience to do so at the Center during Summer. More importantly, best students in each Faculty will have opportunity of participating in a students exchange program to Israel during Summer to meet with their counterparts in other parts of the world that are more advanced in the usage of Technology”