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Libraries and Change in education Systems.

Undoubtedly, there are profound changes going on in the educational system. These changes are needed because of ever growing pressure in the school systems themselves, partly because society itself is changing into one in which knowledge work becomes ever more important, and partly because of the information and communication technologies which are transforming our economies. Both of these factors evoke change and offer a solution to the problems with which the educational system struggles.

The adoption of more active learning styles in which students take more responsibility for their own learning goals and for the ways in which to realize these objectives. Active learning implies that students don't limit themselves to resources supplied by their instructors, but also that the students search for new materials themselves in order to solve problems at hand and to develop their competencies continuously.

To achieve this students in such a model are expected to go beyond the primary learning materials offered by teaching staff and are expected to explore independently other information sources as well.

Day 2

The workshops continued on Tuesday at 8:30am as all the initial logistic hiccups were cleared. After the first day, a few of the participants opted to switch to Tack E0 (Unix System Administration) so they can get a better grasp of UNIX.

Five more participants arrived bringing the total number of registered participants to 53. 5 Interns from the University of Jos who participated in the setup of the labs for the event have also joined the registered participants.

After dinner we had a 'Suya Night' that featured Musical chairs where the different tracks competed for 30 extra sticks of barbecued beef. Track E0 won the participants round and Track E2 won the round for instructors. Following the Competition was a presentation by Mrs Dada from Fantsuam Foundation who talked about the Rural ICT Project that the Foundation is presently involved in. We learned that there is a need to reach out the communities around our institutions to enable the growth of a National Research and Education Network.

As NgNOG Begins...........................

Participants started arriving Jos yesterday at 10:00am and by 11:00pm in the evening 32 people had registered. There was a welcome dinner at 7 in the evening where everyone was welcomed to Jos the Plateau State capital by the Chair of the NgNOG Local Organizing Committee, Mr John ALhassan.

This morning we woke up to an average temperature of 20 degree Celsius (normal temparature for Jos at this time of the year). Participants had been told before hand to dress warmly as the coolest temerpatures in Nigeria are recorded in Jos (see ).

Though there were a few hitches with logistics in the morning (the buses were a few minutes late) as the day began to unfold, we were able to get back on track. All the workshop Tracks (E0, E1 and E2) were in full swing by 10:00am. At the close of the day (5:30pm) 16 more participants had registered making a total of 48 students.

After dinner there was a Networking Session where IT Entrepreneurship was discussed. Mr Kanmi Adewara and Sunday Folayan led the discussions. At the end of the session participants identified the following points as a base for successful IT Entrepreneurship;

UNIJOS VC approves low-interest loan for staff to acquire HP Laptops

About 6 months ago I commented on a forum thread started by Dr Aminu Ibrahim on the preference for notebooks rather than desktops in addressing the high costs that universities face in the provision of alternate energy infrastructure required to keep their networks running.

In my post I referred to the Unijos Laptop Scheme, an initiative by the University, Datasphir Solutions and HP to provide laptops for staff at discounted rates with payments spread over a period to remove barriers to ownership. At the time, the scheme was structured so that the staff purchasing the laptop entered into an agreement directly with the bank providing the loan. My argument was that although this was a welcome development and some savings and convenience had been achieved, more was possible if the University would leverage it's clout with it's bankers and assume the responsibility of the borrower.

I have since learnt that there are guidelines that make this difficult to actualise but the fantastic news out of Jos is that the current Unijos Vice Chancellor, Prof. S.G Tyoden has actually done even better and provided funds out of the University's kitty. The funds provided by the University of Jos attract a very low interest rate to cater for administration and works out to be about a tenth of the best rate available from any bank within the industry.

UK universities love open source

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UK universities love open source
By John Oates
Published Friday 4th August 2006 14:59 GMT

UK colleges and universities routinely consider open source solutions to IT problems - even when official policy might not support it.

A survey of colleges and universities by the Open Source Software Advisory Service (OSS Watch) found 77 per cent regularly consider open source software during procurement even though only 25 per cent mention open source in their IT policies.

Open source software is more common on servers than on desktops, but 68 per cent of desktop computers provide the Firefox browser despite all of them having Internet Explorer.

OSS Watch manager Randy Metcalfe told the Reg: "The biggest change from our last survey (in 2003) is the success of Moodle which just wasn't on the radar last time. To reach 56 per cent in two and a half years is amazing."

Moodle is an open source course management or Virtual Learning Environment.


The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will be attending the third African VoIP Forum in Lagos over 21-23 August 2006. A statement issued in London by the organisers of the VoIP Forum, AITEC Africa of the UK, has confirmed the attendance of Paolo Rosa, Head, Standards Co-operation & Communications, ITU-T, Switzerland, as one of the high-level speakers for the event.

Nigeria's chief Regulator, Engineer Ernest Ndukwe, will be making a keynote address at the event which is expected to be opened by the Honourable Minister of Communications, Chief Cornelius Adebayo. Another keynote speaker at the high-profile event is the President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem.

The VoIP Forum is being supported by the African ISP Association (, ISP Association of Nigeria (, the Nigeria Internet Group (, and the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), giving it an impressive stamp of endorsement by the ICT industry.

Qualities for leadership and global citizenship.

FACET global citizenship notes. Keynote speech by Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor of the UN Foundation, Friday, February 24th, at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Qualities for leadership and global citizenship.
1 Know your brief. Do your homework, know your subject, your charge. Become expert in something your care about.
2 Have a clear goal -- something you'd really like to be doing ten years from now.
3 Become comfortable making decisions, conveying judgments, taking responsibility. Learn how to build a team. Learn how to inspire people, to delegate tasks, to evaluate results.
4 Have humor, spirit, conviction.
5 Build skills in public speaking now. Learn how to lead a meeting, set an agenda, debate, discuss, listen..
6 Learn to write clear, lean prose.
7 Stay fit and strong -- exercise regularly. Leaders need tremendous energy and need to convery contagious energy to others. Be full of life and convey that to others.
Styles of leadership.
1 Command style, as in the military.

Introduction to Linux

Linux kernel version 2.6 is the core

Most popular open-source, freely distributed, full-featured operating system

Source code available to public for examination, modification, free download and installation

Users benefit from community of developers actively debugging and improving the kernel

Absence of licensing fees and restrictions

Ability to completely customize the OS

Popular in high-end servers, desktop computers, embedded systems

Supports symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), non-uniform memory access (NUMA) access to multiple file systems


1991 Linux Torvalds, 21-year-old student at University of Helsinki, Finland

Wanted to improve upon design of Minix, an educational operating system created by Professor Andrew S Tanenbaum of Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam

September 1991, Torvalds released first version (0.01) of Linux and made source code available.

Response: community has continued to develop and support Linux

UNESCO Internet forum on Open Course Content begins

This forum on Open Course content has just begun and Nigeria is not yet adequately represented. I have reposted an invitation e-mail from Susan D'Antoni. You will need to login to view the attached document.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Susan D'Antoni
Date: Sep 15, 2005 12:59 PM
Subject: [IIEP] Delight and a request

Dear Colleagues,

First - I am delighted to see the group spring to life with the able support of Wayne. We are doing our best to ensure that we can continue to support this forum and are so pleased to see you all there.

Second - as you know, we are initiating a complementary discussion on open course content, and many of you have indicated interest. We currently have more than 220 on our list, but a review of country representation shows that Africa, Asia and Latin America are not particularly well represented.

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