Firm launces new ed­u­ca­tion por­tal

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Judd-Leonard Okafor

An in­ter­net por­tal ser­vice that started out pool­ing schol­ar­ship in­for­ma­tion for stu­dents is set to be­come one of the most ex­ten­sive data­base for schools, teach­ers and stu­dents.

Edus­tars.net launched as the new­est elec­tronic learn­ing por­tal in Abuja at the weekend, af­ter start­ing off late last year in Kaduna, with prom­ise to help school ad­min­is­tra­tors deliver learn­ing ma­te­ri­als and help stu­dents to use them on­line and off­line.

Edus­tars chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sanusi Saidu said the por­tal chose an elec­tronic plat­form con­sid­er­ing the “best way to pro­vide it [in­for­ma­tion] to that it is uni­ver­sal, so any­body can ac­cess it and the cheap­est way to make it af­ford­able.”

“We want to make use of op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by tech­nol­ogy and the in­ter­net,” he said.

Schools get unique do­main name and re­tain ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of a per­son­al­ized or­ga­ni­za­tional site, but teach­ers and stu­dents can also get per­sonal sites and pages on the por­tal.

Schools can pub­lish aca­demic cal­en­dars and ad­mit stu­dents at the same time as mod­er­ate sub­ject­spe­cific fo­rums for stu­dents.

Stu­dents in turn get to see their in­di­vid­ual lec­ture timetable on their per­sonal page, get ac­cess to multimedia files on study sub­jects and topics, and take per­sonal or group quizzes at their desk­top— with added free­dom to in­stantmes­sage class­mates and teach­ers.

“It is one thing to have ac­cess to in­ter­net, but you spend valu­able time try­ing to lo­cate in­for­ma­tion you need,” said Saidu. “So we pro­vide fo­cused in­for­ma­tion based on the cur­ricu­lum, and it will con­tain ev­ery­thing they (stu­dents) need.”

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