As part of its effort to improve on current teaching and learning methods, as well as produce graduates that are market ready, the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, has organised a specialised in-house training for its staff and postgraduate students.

In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin at the training held last Thursday (July 6, 2017) at the Sasakawa Seminar Room, Faculty of Agriculture, the Ag. Head of the Department, Dr T. R. Fayeye,   disclosed that the in-house training initiative was born out of an online workshop he attended recently.

Dr Fayeye, who noted that “it is vital to incorporate competence-based learning into our curriculum”, saying, “We need to ensure that our students and staff are relevant to the market and as researchers, one of the fundamental things to know is the use of appropriate research tools.”

In his address at the training, themed “Capacity Building in Modern Experimental Design”, the Dean of the Faculty, who was represented by the Sub-Dean, Dr R. O. Odin, stated that the theme of the training is apt because it is important for researchers to know the necessary and appropriate tool that is suitable to their research.

Three resource persons: Dr. O. Job of the Department of Statistics, Dr F. O. Babalola of the Department of Forest Resources, and Dr A. A. Toye, of the Department of Animal Production, were on hand to take participants through various topics including “Choosing the Right Statistical Tool for Research”, “Component of an Experiment, Design”, “Data Analysis Process” and “The 'Kobotoolbox'”.

In his lecture, entitled “Choosing the Right Statistical Method”, Dr. Job stated that “statistics is about being reasonable and reflective; it is about thinking logically, comprehensively and communicating the essence of our data”, adding that “statistics were invented by people for people to help human race characterise the relevant feature of data in a given context for a given purpose and communicating the result to others for consumption.”

On his part, Dr. Babalola of the Department of Forest Resources,  taught the participants the “Introduction to Digital Data Collection”, especially on the 'Kobotoolbox'. He said, the software “easily creates survey forms through our intuitive and powerful tools, quickly and reliably collects your survey data on android, iOS and many other devices online and offline, as well as inspects data moments after it was collected.”

Also in his lecture, Dr. Toye stated that “through Interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers and statisticians, basic steps necessary to conduct an effective investigation have been defined and collectively they form an experimental strategy.”