Brief Historical Background Of the Department of Educational Technology

The Faculty of Education was established in 1976 with an omnibus Department of Education which ran degree programmes in Arts, Science, Guidance and Counseling and Educational Management.  As the Department expanded, three new Departments (i.e., the Department of Teacher Education, Department of Guidance and Management, and the Department of Adult Education and Extension Services) were established.  The three Departments started to function effectively in 1979.  Under the new dispensation, the Department of Teacher Education coordinated the degree programmes in the Sciences and Humanities.  It also coordinated the teaching of Foundation courses to all students of Education.

By 1980, the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences had been established and as a result of this development, the Department of Teacher Education started to run degree programmes in Social Science Education (i.e. Economics and Geography Education).  Consequently, the Department became excessively expanded. To reduce the degree programmes run by the Department to a manageable size, the Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology (CSET) was carved out from the Department of Teacher Education in March, 1982.  Thereafter, the Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology catered for the professional training of teachers of Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics) and teachers of Social Science Education (Economics and Geography).  In addition, the B.Ed. Educational Technology programme was housed in the Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology after its approval by University Senate in 1984.  The B.Ed. degree in Educational Technology programme took off during the 1984/85 Academic Session. In early 2005, based on the proposal of the Faculty of Education Programme and Departments’ Restructuring Committee, recommendations were made to the University Senate for all Arts and Humanities Education Programmes to be based in a Department and all Science related programmes in another Department.

In August 2005, the University of Ilorin Senate formally approved that the Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology and the Departments of Educational Foundations be restructured into: the Department of Science Education, responsible for five degree programmes, (B.Sc. (Ed) in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and B.Ed. Educational Technology), and the Department of Arts and Social Sciences Education, responsible for Arts Education (B. A. Ed. In English, French, Arabic, Yoruba, etc.) and Social Sciences (B. Sc. Ed. in Economics and Geography).

Finally, at the 230th regular meeting of the University of Ilorin Senate on the 10th of January, 2013, approval was given for the establishment of the Department of Educational Technology. The Department effectively took off on the 1st of August, 2013.

Vision
To be the foremost Department through the provision of wide range of courses and programmes in the areas of instructional and learning technologies at the certificate, undergraduate, diploma, and postgraduate levels; aiming at achieving standards in terms of quality assurance and excellence at national, regional, and international arena.

Mission
The mission of the Department of Educational Technology is to provide personally and intellectually challenging superior student-focused education.

To accomplish this task the Department hopes to drive best practice and the highest standards of educational provision through the following:

  1. Preparing progressive, innovative, and academically sound school library media specialists and educational technology leaders;
  2. Preparing teachers to be creative and develop their expertise in integrating technology in their instruction;
  3. Model, promote, manage, and evaluate digital-age teaching and learning resources in all education environments,
  4. Support the development of new methodologies, and use of new technologies by enhancing skills in research and technology;
  5. Pioneering innovative delivery options by leveraging on technology to maximize educational experiences;
  6. Forge connections between research, policy, and practice in educational technology.
  7. Empowering learners to be evolving digital citizens who advocate cultural understanding and global responsibility by cultivating diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to the changing needs and technologies.

Core Values
Department of Educational Technology’s actions are guided by the following values:

  1. DET is an academic Department that upholds the vision, mission, and core values of the University of Ilorin.
  2. DET believes that the needs of the learner are central.
  3. DET is staff-focused – DET involves staff members in decision-making, in cooperative action and in cooperative problem solving.
  4. DET is transparent – members are able to follow the activities and decisions of DET.
  5. DET believes that education is a universal right and should be available to all, and enhanced through the use of technology.

Objectives
In line with the vision and mission of the University of Ilorin in general, and the Faculty of Education in particular, the Department of Educational Technology intends to:

  1. Provide knowledge and skills for educational technology specialists in the fields of instructional design, educational software development, performance improvement, multimedia authoring, distance learning, among others, for educational (primary, secondary, and higher), learning resource centers, corporate, governmental and non-governmental settings.
  2. In conjunction with other Departments in the Faculty of Education and other allied Departments in the University provide necessary knowledge, competencies and skills for preparing and qualifying pre-service and serving teachers.
  3. Provide required and elective courses to students in other areas of specializations, particularly in the Faculty of Education, and other related fields.
  4. Cooperate with the Centre for Research, Development and In-House Training, the Educational Technology Centre (ETC), and the Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL) in conducting faculty development programmes at the University level.
  5. Help in the development, selection, and integration of teaching and learning resources in the University.
  6. Develop the students’ research abilities in different areas of instructional and learning technologies.
  7. Conduct research related to optimal efficiency and effectiveness of instructional and learning technologies.
  8. Provide a variety of community services through seminars, symposia, workshops, and training programmes to the immediate environment of the University and the society at large.

To achieve our mission the Department presently offers degree programmes at the undergraduate (B.Ed.) and graduate (Masters and PhD) levels for the Educational Technology programme. Efforts are on to introduce degree programmes in Fine Arts – B. A. (Ed.), Computer Education - B. Sc. (Ed.), Technology Education - B. Tech. (Ed.), etc., and Certificate and Diploma programmes in Creative Arts, Photography,  Educational Media Administration, and Audio-Visual Media Studies, among others.

Services
Lecturers in the Department of Educational Technology contribute to the Nigerian and global educational development process through:

  1. Workshops in general ICT application for instruction, instructional web, e-learning packages, instructional system design (ISD) and multimedia design for basic, secondary, tertiary and corporate education sectors.
  2. Provide consultancies to public private sectors, national and regional institutions in fields of educational technologies research, development, and evaluation.
  3. Present lectures, symposia, seminars and training on different areas of instructional and learning technologies for schools, institutions, and corporate establishments.

Activities
Lecturers in the Department of Educational Technology participate in University activities through the following ways:

  1. Hold workshops and training courses on application methods of instructional, information, and communication technologies in education.
  2. Contribute to carry out instructional skills development workshops to University of Ilorin lecturers.
  3. Participate in specialized and ad-hoc committees on both the University and Faculty levels.
  4. Participate to conduct and attend seminars and specialized conferences held by the University.
  5. Provide consultations to other University Departments, Centers and Units to raise their efficiency in the integration of educational technologies.
  6. Write books and participate in issuing leaflets and brochures on different areas of educational technologies.

Research
Lecturers in the Department of Educational Technology (DET) conduct and publish research in peer reviewed educational journals. They conduct contextualized university, national and regional surveys, development and effectiveness studies on different categories of media, and emerging technologies. Furthermore, they supervise many students at the graduate levels (Masters and PhD). Their research interests include:

  1. Employment of educational technologies in teaching and learning.
  2. Applications of e-learning and web-based education.
  3. Distance education and open educational resources.
  4. Use of adaptive and assistive instructional and learning technologies.
  5. Use of learning resources centres in public and private educational institutions, and the corporate sectors.
  6. Addressing the problems of technological illiteracy and digital divide.
  7. Impact of instructional systems on improving the effectiveness of educational technologies use.

Staff Involvement in Departmental Activities
The Department employs the Committee System in its operation. The committee system creates an environment where all staff members are involved in the decision-making process and general administration of the Department of Educational Technology.

The first major organ is made up of all the academic staff of the Department.  This body holds Departmental meetings to oversee the general administration of the Department and consider reports and take decisions on courses to be taught, review academic programmes from time to time, course allocations to individual, and so on, based on recommendation of the Department’s sub-committees.

The second body is the Departmental Promotions Panel.  This body is made up of all the Senior Lecturers, Readers and Professors within the Department of Science Education.  The body functions under the chairmanship of the Head of Department to consider promotion cases concerning both the academic and non-academic staff of the Department.  For promotion to readership and professorship grades, only professors participate in considering the relevant papers.  The Departmental Promotions Panel also advises the Head of Department on other matters bordering on the growth and development of the Department.

The third body is the Departmental Postgraduate Committee. The body is made up of all postgraduate programme lecturers in the Department, under the chairmanship of the Head of Department. The body considers all postgraduate students’ result including, PhD abstracts and Examiners’ Reports.

Other sub-committee are Programme Implementation, Research and Publications Committee; Staff and Students’ Welfare Committee; Professional Development and Training Committee; Quality Assurance Committee; and the Finance Committee.

Programme Implementation, Research and Publications Committee: Oversees, in accordance with the policies determined by the University, the Faculty of Education and the contemporary developments in the field of educational technology the implementation of academic programmes of the Department. Also, determines the research focus of the Department and other matters of a research nature which concern educational technology and/or the Department.

Staff and Students’ Welfare Committee: Draft welfare plans for the students and staff in consultation with the Head of Department and teaching staff. Also, takes care of the development and implementation of policies on students’ involvement in Departmental activities, and also prepare and present grievance or complaints made by staff or students on any issue.

Professional Development and Training Committee: Oversees, in accordance with the policies determined by the University and best practices the organization and implementation of contextually relevant educational technology conferences, seminars and training programmes for staff and students within the Department and also for others within and outside the University.

Quality Assurance Committee: Oversees the implementation of the Department’s academic programmes, practices and activities in accordance with the University laws and policies, and global best practices, and also monitor general activities of the Department.

Finance Committee: Drafts budget plans for the Department in consultation with the Head of Department and teaching staff, and also manage the finances of the Department.