UNILAG Introduces Online Lectures Without Data Subscription?


The Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, at the inauguration of the renovated Human Resource Development Centre building and meeting rooms donated to the University of Lagos Business School by the Chairman, Platform Capital, Dr Akintoye Akindele announced that the university has adopted online teaching in its bid to resume academic activities.

The statement brought a level of relief, other institutions (especially private universities) has since adopted various teaching online strategies in their bid to continue with academic activities despite the lockdown.

The statement which was supposed to answer questions raised more questions.

“I want our students to know that it may be a bit difficult for us to bring all of them back to campus now. This is because they are more vulnerable to COVID-19. So we are going to do online teaching and we want to assure them that we will put them into consideration.
“Management has met on that. At a particular point, we are going to put them into consideration, in such a way that they will not need to buy the data. They will only buy the data when the lectures are going on.”
From the quote, it is clear that the school is trying her best to consider the financial implication of receiving lectures online. But the solution the VC and the Management is considering makes me ask this question "can a student participate in an online class without data?" 

I don't think it is possible. Even if the lectures are pre-recorded and uploaded or sent via email, you still need the internet to download the videos. 

I was thrown into further confusion when I read this,
"...we are going to put them into consideration, in such a way that they will not need to buy the data. They will only buy the data when the lectures are going on.”
This is not clear to me. I dont know if I'm the only one confused here. I mean, the VC was quoted to have said students will not need to buy the data but they will only buy the data when the lectures are going on. This statement brings more questions than answers. If I am a student at the University of Lagos, I will not know what to think right now.

In his statement, the VC assured students that resumption of academic activities in the institution would be considered as soon as possible, adding that they would be given free access to the internet during the examination.

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  1. Why are they contracting themselves? The bottom line is that data is still needed to learn and the school is not providing for it. Imagine having to pay fees and having to still buy data to learn? Lol! This country is not ready yet.

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    1. Well, if the network provider can work with them in a way that internet access will be free if a user is trying to access a particular website (the school e-learning website).

      If they can achieve that, students will be able to receive lectures without data subscription.

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