Only 12 Nigerian universities have approval to operate both conventional learning and Open and Distance learning (ODL), National Universities Commission (NUC) has said.
The 12 were given ‘conventional’ licences to operate a dual-mode system – face to face learning in the classroom and also the open distance learning.
NUC also said only a few of these universities can run an efficient online learning platform.
The commission said there is a big difference between online learning, and open and distance learning.
Distance learning is a method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or lessons are conducted by correspondence without the need to attend a school or college.
Since the advent of the internet, distance learning has also included the use of the internet as most students receive and write their examinations online.
Dual-mode refers to universities that can give instructions in the conventional classroom that is face to face, and it can also give instructions on open and distance learning,. Distance learning employs multimedia, and then it uses online.
Out of the 43 federal universities, nine were given licences to run both conventional and ODL centres in Nigeria.
Two state universities were licensed to operate both conventional and ODL centres out of the 48 states universities, and one private university out of the 79 private universities was given the licence to operate the dual-mode system.
The 12 universities licensed for both conventional and ODL are:
Ahmadu Bello University – Federal University
University of Abuja – Federal University
University of Maiduguri- Federal University
Modibo Adama University of Technology – Federal University
Obafemi Awolowo University – Federal University
University of Lagos – Federal University
University of Ibadan – Federal University
University of Nigeria – Federal University
Federal University of Technology, Minna – Federal University
Lagos State University – State University
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology – State University
Joseph Ayo Babalola University- Private University
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) operates a ‘uni-mode learning system’.
A uni-mode system simply means that the NOUN can only operate through the open and distance learning mode. The institution was not granted the license to operate dual-mode like the other 12.