Innovating in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Case Studies from Nigerian Universities

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This chapter critically examines the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on tertiary education in Nigeria and highlights outstanding indigenous innovations within tertiary institutions prompted by the pandemic. The Coronavirus pandemic and the associated lockdown measures have led to the suspension of in-person instruction and learning in many higher education campuses globally. In Nigeria, school closure has negatively impacted the already fragile educational system, causing further hardships for students—who previously grappled with frequent school closures due to incessant strike actions and unrest. Unlike more developed climes—where schools have quickly transitioned to online teaching, poor infrastructural facilities (ICT and Internet) make online teaching and learning an arduous task for the hundreds of higher institutions present in Nigeria. We offer managerial implications relevant for University administrators and managers towards the development of a workable post-COVID-19 education strategy and response plan.

How to cite:

Adeyanju, S., Ajilore, O., Ogunlalu, O., Onatunji, A., & Mogaji, E. (2022). Innovating in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: Case studies from Nigerian universities. In J. S. McKeown, K. Bista, & R. Y. Chan (Eds.), Global higher education during COVID-19: Policy, society, and technology (pp. 104-120). STAR Scholars. https://starscholars.org/product/global-education/

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Author Biographies

Samuel Adeyanju, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Samuel Adeyanju is a Research Assistant and incoming Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia, Canada where he completed a master’s degree in Forestry in 2020. His research focuses on SDG 4 (Quality education), SDGs 13 and 15 (Climate Action and Life on Land) in sub-Saharan Africa. His profile can be found on https://samueladeyanju.carrd.co/. E-mail: samadeyanju@alumni.ubc.ca

Oluwatoyin Ajilore, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Oluwatoyin Ajilore is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her research interests lie in the areas of economic/mining geology, environmental geology, and geoscience education. E-mail: olutoyinajilore@gmail.com

Oluwafemi Ogunlalu

Oluwafemi Ogunlalu is a Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate at Purdue University. His research interests broadly cut across polymers for energy and food applications. Additionally, he writes commentaries that address infrastructural gaps in the educational systems of developing economies. E-mail: oogunlal@purdue.edu

Alex Onatunji

Alex Onatunji is the Program Officer at Save Sahara Network, Nigeria. His research and work interest are in promoting forest education in the continent of Africa and he recently co-authored the book: “Building a Successful Forestry Career in Africa: Inspirational Stories and Opportunities”. Alex is also currently an MSc. student in Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management (MEDfOR) at the University of Padova, Italy. E-mail: alexonatunji@gmail.com

Emmanuel Mogaji

Emmanuel Mogaji, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Advertising and Marketing Communications at the University of Greenwich, London, UK. His research interests are in artificial intelligence, digital marketing, and service brand management. Emmanuel has previously worked as a marketing communication executive, responsible for creative designs and managing marketing campaigns, liaising, and building relationships with a range of stakeholders. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and presented his works in many national and international conferences. His publications have appeared in the International Journal of Information Management, Journal of Product and Brand Management, Australasian Marketing Journal, and International Journal of Bank Marketing. E-mail: e.o.mogaji@greenwich.ac.uk

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2021-09-19

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COVID-19 and Global Higher Education (Completed)