The Distance Learning Programme uses a multimedia technology that supports electronic instructional delivery mode (e-learning), as well as independent learning or correspondence. The technology permits the transmission and reception of lectures and instructional packages in form of text, graphics, audio and video formats and viewed online by students in classroom settings at remote receive centers. With easy-to-use internet access software such as Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE), students can retrieve lectures and assignments, and during the class, students have the opportunity for real time interaction with distant instructors using a combination of email, computer conferencing and chat. There are occasional visit of instructors to the receive centers for personalised attention, tutorials and conduct of examinations.
The Distance Learning is programme-paced and a compromise between learning autonomy and rigid direction by the instructors with set dates when a course begins and ends, including a number of fixed date events within each course e.g fixed dates for the events such as, assignment submission, face-to-face tutorial sessions, the start and end of on-line conferences, telephone tutorial and examinations. Student attendance requirements are also built into distance learning courses e.g workshops, practical sessions, seminars, tutorials, project or thesis and examinations.
The total time to complete a distance education course is equivalent to that of an on-campus programme.
In establishing OAU Distance Learning, we have drawn on the historical strength in curriculum development and competent academic staff for the moderation of courses, and we also possess unparalleled experience in the area of information networking technology. The Centre is currently on 96 mbps by 512 mbps dedicated internet link through VSAT. And following the establishment of the University's Information Technology and Communication Unit (INTECU) in 1996, the Centre is connected to the campus-wide network through a dedicated fiber optic link, OAUNET, which extends internet connectivity to locations throughout the extensive campus.
Today, the University currently has the largest campus-wide network in Nigeria, which services over 23,000 students and 5,000 staff members. Center for Distance Learning possesses a core of highly qualified technical personnel in different aspects of Computer and Communication Engineering and available infrastructure, Collaborative Environment, and rich content linked to educational goals.
The University has also put in place quality control mechanisms that will ensure the standard of the programmes and sustain the quality of university education as prescribed by National Universities Commission (NUC), the Nigerian Education Regulatory Agency.