The transformative power education has on any society cannot be over-emphasized.
Founded in 1975, Usmanu Dan Fodiyo Univerity Sokoto, one of Nigeria’s foremost citadel of education understands this mantra too well. Situated in the North West of Nigeria, the university however faces serious challenges in delivering on this promise. These include Socio cultural issues and the Boko Haram Ideology which actively opposes the education of the girl child. In addition to these, the University also lack access to quality educational resources such as Learning Management System, communications and collaborative platforms for Student engagement and assessments.
To align with the United Nation’s sustainable development goal 4, which is to substantially increase the number of youths and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, there has to be a shift. So we embarked on a journey with Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University to empower all relevant stakeholders in spite of the socio-cultural and terrorism challenges.
To begin with, the univerisity’s curriculum required a digital platform so educators and students can be better equipped. To this end, quality education training resources on Microsoft technologies were made available.
To also create an inclusive technology learning platform where everyone could take ownership, the Microsoft Imagine Academy Solution/Office 365 which runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud was deployed offering users access to a personalized dashboard and the unique collaboration and assessment tools – leveraging the Office 365 cloud solution to support classroom collaborations and assessments, engaging users to ensure a deeper learning. The uniqueness of this solution is such that it provides educators and students more immersive and inclusive learning experiences.