Evolution of a Campus-Wide Intranet Virtual Classroom: The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Experience

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With the acceptance and availability of web interfaces to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, (NAU) Awka institutional system, a number of integrated services such as administrative tasks and online course delivery can be provided for both staff and students. Acquiring information from the internet and other data warehouses outside the NAU is both time consuming and costly. This is due partly to the inability of the institutions Management Information technology (MIT) unit to deploy a stable campus based network up till date. It would be wise therefore to examine how educational resources materials needed for learning and research could be pooled together into a localized information warehouse for the university. Intranets are internal versions of the Internet, and they bring with them a similar flexibility in terms of accessing information. For an academic institution, they can be used to randomly access dissimilar information from sources with which the user does not have a direct relationship.

This work describes the experiences and results of designing and implementing a virtual learning environment for NAU, Awka Nigeria. The intranet system was designed to overcome the problems associated with the client-server technology in the university. The system combines data warehousing technology and the distribution of information over a network to allow authorized staff and students to view data from a variety of sources in a variety of ways.

Keywords: Integrated Services, Internet, Intranet, Virtual Learning Environment
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Onaolapo Francisca Oladipo

Lecturer, Computer Science Department
Faculty of Natural Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Awka, Anambra, Nigeria

Ms Oladipo, Onaolapo Francisca hold a MSc degree in computer Science form Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria. She is currently a lecturer and PhD in the department of Computer Science of the same institution. She has published a number of papers in journals and presented papers in a number of International conferences. Her current area of interest is virtual reality modelling of virtual teaching and learning environments.

Engr. Tunde Ayobami Israel Alade

Engineer, Physical Planning Unit, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Awka, Anambra, Nigeria

Alade TAI is currently the service engineer electrical, communications and networking, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria.

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