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In Nigeria, 2.5 million students qualify to begin college each year, however Nigerian universities are only able to accommodate 500,000 students with campus-based studies.
Most students also have to keep full-time jobs to afford schooling, and travel constraints — long distances, heavy traffic and poor roads — act against earning a college degree in Nigeria.
“A new global partnership and Mediasite were the keys to success,” said Kirby Milton, VP of Operations at MVU.
Michigan Virtual University launched an effort to make in-country education more accessible through distance learning. In collaboration with Edutech, a technology consulting company in Nigeria, and the Center for Distance Learning at Obafemi Awolowo University, the first accredited in-country online degree program was created using Mediasite to record lectures.
“The first Mediasite program was so successful in 2013 that Nigeria’s largest university has just become the second school to contract for a turnkey online learning program grounded on Mediasite lecture capture technology,” Milton said. “Mediasite allows us to quickly and efficiently transform face-to-face lectures into online degree programs at Obafemi Awolowo University where none were present.”