COVID-19 : Blending virtual, physical learning pays off at poly


 The Rector, Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade, Ogun, Dr Isiah Oyeyinka, has said that the new approach of blending physical learning with virtual learning has paid off at the institution, urging others to emulate it.

Oyeyinka spoke on Thursday in Saapade, Ogun at the institution’s 15th matriculation ceremony.

The rector, who spoke with newsmen shortly after the ceremony, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had opened up opportunities for administrators to manage their institutions seamlessly.

According to him, students of the polytechnic, who had their lectures online during the COVID-19 lockdown, performed better than when they were in the classroom.

“The challenges have opened up our eyes to opportunities to manage our institutions. It offers better opportunities for students to learn in different ways.

“For example, during the lockdown we had to organise online lectures and funnily enough when they came back for their examinations they performed better than when they were in the classroom.

“Today, we are now doing what is called blended learning, mixing physical learning with virtual learning. We now blend the two forms of teaching so that our students can do better.

“’They can do research and work on their own.

“I will advise my other colleagues in Ogun to follow suit. We don’t have to wait and be talking about lockdown or pandemic, we need to move forward with our lives,’’ he said.

In his address to the newly admitted students, the rector urged them to be focused in their academic pursuit, shun all forms of vices that were capable of tarnishing the image of the institution.

He also urged them to sustain the legacy of cleanliness that the institution had been known for.

“Our institution is one of the best polytechnics in Ogun in the current Webometric ranking and one of the best in Nigeria.

“Our ICT Centre is well equipped with modern technologies and we are constantly improving our infrastructure.

“The management has completed a 1,200-capacity auditorium and we are also constructing an ultramodern School of Management building which is nearing completion,” he added.

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