The pandemic era has forced universities worldwide to pivot to online learning platforms with lessons emerging daily about the challenges that students, faculty, and administrators face. Access to open data is largely an untapped goldmine that could improve learning outcomes and reduce the higher dropout rate associated with virtual education. As a matter of fact, only 1 in 5 virtual universities have reported their annual data on the National Center for Education Statistics website.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of technology and the urgency to ensure that we connect the unconnected. Government, being the primary duty bearer of public service delivery, has recognised that the future is indeed digital and more than ever before there’s need to work closely with all stakeholders in the internet ecosystem to build the internet of the future
In Nigeria, the COVID-19 pandemic has further widened the digital divide between public and private tertiary institutions. To close this gap, key digital learning constraints like access to devices, lack of constant power supply, and high cost of reliable internet need to be addressed.