Chief Information Technology Officer at the University of Ghana, Lucas Chigabatia believes that the university has been fairly successful in rolling out its e-learning programme for students and faculty members.
This comes amidst agitations from students about some shortfalls of the university’s Sakai learning management system.
In an interview with Lucas Chigabatia, he said that statistics available to his office indicates that students have embraced the learning management system.
He says that on Tuesday, which saw an end of the piloting period for the program, saw about 5,000 concurrent logins.
Although he acknowledged that the system was sometimes slow in responding, he laid the blame at the door of telecommunication networks.
“I think that what we have seen so far is good and I can give a quick statistic of what we saw yesterday. Yesterday we had a peek of about 5000 concurrent logins of users mainly students and faculty and I can confirm that there is a slight slowdown of the system due to problems that the Telcos have. But I could see that the four servers that were deployed for balancing mode were working alright. And each of these servers is capable of holding about one thousand five hundred users so it is okay.”
Mr. Chigababatia further stressed that the Sakai learning platform was not meant for online steaming purposes but for lecturers to prepare on a weekly bases, power point slides and materials, that students need for their various courses and upload them to make these resources available for their student to use.
“The platform is not for live streaming of lectures like a face to face interactions, that is not the main purpose of the platform. The platform is purposely to prepare on a weekly basis the lesson notes and all the materials regarding a particular topic on a weekly basis and upload it on the platform for the purpose of access by students. Students will then access the materials study it and the lecturer could then schedule an online meeting either audio or video probably at the end of every week to discuss students challenges and questions and also for students who have network problems to have access to materials later,” he added
University of Ghana, like other tertiary institutions in the country, moved to continue its academic activities online after President Akufo-Addo directed the closure of all schools.
The closure of schools is part of the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Story by: Maame Nimo Minsi | universnewsroom.com