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What it's Like to Study in ODL


We use unique approach that sets us apart from other institutions; we bring learning to you and provides incredibly support system to help you have a good learning experience:

  • CDLCE brings learning to you, wherever you are in the world
  • You don’t have to put your life on hold to get the qualification you want.
  • You choose when, where and how to study.
  • Supper learning collaboration and social interaction


We provide you an e-tutor that will be guiding and providing support to you during your study at CDLCE. 

Our E-Tutors are experts in online interaction and learning facilitation.

What does a E-Tutor do?

Your tutor is the first person to approach if you have any questions about your course or assignments. They will:

  • lead tutorials
  • mark assignments
  • provide detailed written feedback on your work
  • offer support by telephone, email, or computer conferencing.

Will I meet my E-Tutor?

Contact with your tutor mostly takes place online or by phone, including online tutorials and conferences –  Students tell us that they like getting to know their facilitators and e-tutors in person, that can only happen during the contact period; meeting other students online and sharing ideas and experience will help you attain success in your study.


Have have our self-learning course materials in mixed-media format, which includes, Print (Hardcopy), Softcopy on the Learning Management System (LMS) CDs, DVDs, ebooks (Virtual Library).


Can I do it?


Our unique, flexible approach to learning means you don't have to put your life on hold to get a qualification. UNIABUJA CDLCE students structure their study to fit in with jobs, families, friends and leisure time.Our students study from home and work and on the move; on paper, on screen, online and on mobile devices.


You don't need a formal qualification in English to study with the CDLCE, and your first course (Applicant Induction Course (AIC)) will help you develop the reading, writing, listening, and computer skills you need for effective learning. But before you start, you will need a reasonable standard of written and spoken English so you can:

  1. make best use of study materials, including printed books, LMS, Video and Audio
  2. communicate effectively with your facilitator and e-tutor or fellow students
  3. seek help from other CDLCE staff (e.g. Social Media Support, or Student Support Center).


You will use a computer throughout your Open University studies, so you'll need a laptop or PC with reliable internet access. You can use it to:

  • access course materials and the course website
  • produce coursework and make notes
  • store and organise documents
  • search for information and access the vast CDLCE virtual library
  • write assignments and send them to your facilitators
  • stay in touch with your e-tutor and other CDLCE officers
  • share ideas with fellow students on our lively student facebook groups and page.

Essential computer skills

You don't need to be an IT genius to study with us – and you'll develop your computer skills as you study. But to make the best possible start on your course, you should be able to write and edit documents and spreadsheets, send and receive email. Our Applicant Induction Course covers all these areas, endeavour to take the course before you proceed with your study. You should also be aware of the essentials of computer security to keep your data and personal information safe.

If you are an IT genius there's lots of scope for you to tap into exciting new technology to enhance your learning – and you can even study on a smartphone or tablet.


Open and Distance Learning (ODL)


With the emergence of global knowledge-based economy and the popularity of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) education, universities and educational systems around the world including those in developing economies like Nigeria are under increasing pressure to use the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) to transform the curriculum and teaching-learning process, provide students and learners with the flexibility and friendly methods to function effectively in this dynamic, information-rich, and continuously changing environment.

The purpose of the ODL of the Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education of the University of Abuja is reflected in the revised guidelines of the National Universities Commission on open and distance learning in Nigerian universities, which is to create and widen access to education and to utilizing distance education techniques and associated communications technologies to meet the particular requirements of the learners.

The University had demonstrated its commitment to partnership with other tertiary institutions and international educational bodies like Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and to promote open and distance learning. The aim of distance education is to increase access to education to a large number of citizens interested in furthering their education with a view to improving themselves educationally and professionally. 

Unlike the formal system, distance education is designed to democratize and liberalize education to facilitate the pursuit of knowledge without sacrificing one’s career. Thus, it enables studies to be combined with work by those that are interested in improving themselves in order to advance in their profession and careers. Indeed, one of the objectives of the system is to make life-long education the hallmark of Nigeria’s educational policy. This is to provide access to relevant education and training through more diverse but interconnected learning pathways, particularly through ODL (National University Commission NUC, 2010.)

The ODL offers flexible learning with interactive content that engages students preparing for their career but have difficulty attending conventional classroom training because they are:

  • geographically dispersed with limited time and/or resources to travel;
  • busy with work or family commitments which do not allow them to attend courses on specific dates with a fixed schedule;
  • located in conflict and post-conflict areas and restricted in their mobility because of security reasons;
  • limited from participating in classroom sessions because of cultural or religious beliefs; and
  • facing difficulties with real-time communication (e.g. very shy learners).

ODL students rely heavily on an Asynchronous study environment in which contents are delivered through a self-paced course.  In a self-paced study, learners have access to a set of interactive and self-contained materials available anytime, anywhere at the click of a mouse, through E-learning’s application-specific and hands-on virtual labs.


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