3 January 2013

Nigeria: VC Advocates Use of Social Media for Learning

Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, recently graduated 253 students with the institutions Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, Prof. Peter Okebukola, calling on stakeholders in education sectors to embrace social media as one of the means of teaching students.

Speaking during the 4th convocation ceremony of the institution, Okebukola noted that instead of advising youths to stay off from facebook and twitter, Nigeria educational sector should look inward and improve knowledge and skills through these social media.

He added that most educational communities in the world improve their student's knowledge and also acquire new skills by using social media which most of youths are addicted to.

Okebukola further urged various stakeholders to look beyond negative aspects of networking and leverage on the positives of social media such as how it will improve learning, acquire new skills and students spend productive time.

"Facebook and Twitter are emerging global communication standards especially among the youth and anybody advocating that our youth should stay off such should ask the Anopheles mosquito to stay off the sucking of blood. In most advanced countries, teachers supplement their lessons with assignment given to their students on Facebook. It has been confirmed that students relate in an exciting manner to their Facebook lessons and studies which has led to improved performance in school and public examinations," he said.

Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Samson Ayanlaja, said the graduation was a validation and actualization of Crawford University's compelling core objective of realising only those possessing unique virtue of sterling moral that is above any reproach.

According to him, the university hopes to re-brand and reshape Nigeria through its products.

Prof. Samson Ayanlaja said that 14 of the 253 graduating students made first class degrees in various disciplines; 78 made second class upper division; while 114 passed out with second class lower division. He added that 45 made third class while the remaining two had ordinary pass degree.

He advised the graduates to continue to be good ambassadors of the university in spite of the harshness of the nation's economy.

In her valedictory speech, Babalola Oluwabusayomi the best graduating student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.87 made a clarion call to the federal government to assist private Universities financially just as government fund public schools.

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