Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria, has become the first university in West Africa to adopt a university-wide digital learning platform and etextbook scheme to help improve course results and give students equal learning opportunities.
Kortext, one of the world’s leading digital learning platform and etextbooks provider, has worked closely with Covenant, the British Council, the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and global publishers including Pearson and McGraw Hill, to be able to roll out the scheme which will provide pre-loaded etextbook content on computing devices to all of Covenant’s 8,000 students.
The learning platform will give students access to course materials on any device, such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones, meaning carrying heavy textbooks around campus and halls of residence will be a thing of the past. The tools installed on the digital learning platform will also allow students to collect extra resources, link to articles, as well as add notes and highlight text on the etextbooks.
In addition, Kortext’s new analytics dashboard will enable lecturers and university staff to see how students are engaging with the digital learning content and core etextbooks reading, helping Covenant to improve on its student engagement, progression levels and ultimately, better outcomes and improved employability.
Following the official signing ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, which involved key partners; the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, the University’s Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, the Director of UK Trade and Investment, Nigeria, Ahmed Bashir and Andy Alferovs, Managing Director of Kortext, the scheme will be rolled out to the whole university.
Speaking of the partnership, director of UKTI Nigeria, Ahmed Bashir, said:
"Creating trade links and international relationships are key to improving education in Nigeria. Kortext’s offering will take Covenant University into the future and help set the standard for education and digital learning across the whole of Africa."
"The role of the British Government here in Nigeria, through UKTI, is to provide learning resources and guidance and to help forge strong relationships between British businesses and Nigeria. Education is one of the UK’s greatest financial and cultural exports and really benefits anyone with access to it, so we are delighted to support Kortext."
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, noted that Covenant University has blazed the trail in many areas and the Digital book is another addition. He added that when fully in use, it would promote reading culture among the students and enhance productivity in the University system. Also, he said:
"To me, this is a cheaper way of getting text books and with the device; it will promote reading culture among the students. This will also enhance productivity and improve the whole of Covenant University and other universities which may want to join us. This is a dream come true."
Pastor Olamide Olusegun of Covenant University said:
"Etextbooks will be vital to any educational establishment throughout the 21st Century. Being able to offer easy access to research and educational training for every student is of such importance to us and Kortext is at the forefront of this technology. The lecturers are also excited about being able to analyse how students are responding to core reading etexbooks lists and using the information to aid their teaching."
Andy Alferovs, Managing Director of Kortext, said:
"By giving students access to etextbooks as part of their course means that it tackles the biggest barrier to learning - accessibility. By being the first in Western Africa to adopt a digital learning platform and etextbook scheme, Covenant University are leading the way to widening accessibility in higher education."
"We’re thrilled to be working with Covenant with the aim to encourage participation with students and course materials. Following the signing, we’ll be working with staff and lecturers to train and advise them on the best ways to embed etextbooks into teaching."
Kortext was developed as an educational content platform to provide students with etextbooks from all the key publishers. The digital learning platform has been developed to integrate seamlessly with the existing learning environment and provide interactive use of resources. The company has a strong partnership with Microsoft and has integrated Kortext into Microsofts Office 365.