Nigeria: 153 Universities’ Repository Hosts Over 2 Million Open Education Resources – NUC

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed, has revealed that its repository of open educational resources (OER), established in 2017, currently has more than two million OER in the form of courseware, notes from courses, manuals, videos, maps, podcast, conference presentations and journal.

He said so in Abuja during a two-day high-level sensitization workshop on mainstreaming OER in higher education in Nigeria, organized by the commission in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning, COL.

Represented by NUC Deputy Executive Secretary Chris Maiyaki, Rasheed said the NUC-run facility is currently owned by 153 Nigerian universities.

He said the commission created the repository and named it the Nigerian University System Open Educational Resources (NUSOER), with the aim of fully encouraging the institutionalization of the use of OER.

Rasheed noted that the NUC, in its efforts to galvanize universities and gauge their full commitment to the OER movement, will continue to assess and rank Nigerian tertiary institutions (HEIs), as part of efforts to give them visibility and place them on the global OER map.

He said the workshop was designed and carefully crafted to highlight the benefits of OER in higher education.

Regarding the benefits of OER, he said that the use of OER will undoubtedly improve the quality and quantity of academic content available to learners at little or no cost, adding that it will also motivate students to become themselves content creators.