Learning made easier

Richard Hyella is a final year student of Electrical Engineering at the Ahmadu Bello University (ASBU), Zaria, Kaduna State. He created an education website that is gaining acceptance among students. He spoke to DAYO IBITOYE.

When the story of Idiaro Abdulazeez made news three years ago, for the creation of ediaro.com, little did we know that it only opened windows for other students to explore their mental prowess in ICT. Richard Hyella is one of the amazing students. Richard, a student of Electrical Engineering at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has carved a niche for himself in ICT with the creation of i-School.

I–school, which stands for Interactive School, is an interactive platform that helps improve academic interaction between people (especially students and lecturers). It is a platform that supports academic, social and professional interaction.

Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE, Hyella said the story began last year when the need to create an interactive platform between students of 400-Level Electrical Engineering and their lecturers, to provide easy, dynamic and remote access to academic contents, resources and materials, arose. Hyella decided to solve this with the creation of i-School.

Today, I-school enjoys massive support from students and staff of the university and other tertiary institutions. It has created an avenue for students and lecturers to interact remotely by adopting the exact features of the traditional classroom interaction between students and lecturers in ABU.

“When the need arose to create an interactive platform in my class, I took it upon myself and did a lot of research into the ICT. I combined my knowledge on Java programming web design to bring this to light,” Hyella said.

The concept, he explained, operates in a simple fashion. All users have three attributes: a school, an academic status (student or pupil and lecturer or administrator) and a field of profession or study (i-Field). The school attribute defines all users into a group, while the academic status defines what the user can do, what the user gets and how a user interacts on i-School. He further stated that i-School is intended to improve interaction between people.

“There are no defined rules or properties that classify users based on their academic status; i.e. all users are virtual”.

Hiella further explained a simple fashion, with which the forum works, thus: “It goes like this – Step 1: a lecturer registers a course (academic constituents) and selects permission for the course based on the users he intends to interact with. Step 2: The lecturer performs a lot of activities like creating a lecture, loading resources, loading assignments, creating links for more information and resources, answering student questions, and so on. Step 3: a student logs on and finds a course created by a lecturer, adds the course to his course list and accesses all the information entered by the lecturer. At the same, the student posts questions to his lecturer and adds comments on the lectures by the lecturer”.

For Hyella, his target users are “people who have a drive for acquiring and sharing information through interaction”.

“i-School also targets students or pupils who want to access information and contents in their school and schools around them, lecturers or teachers who want to interact with their students remotely (from anywhere), managements who want a global exposure for their schools or organisations. It is also a place where people can get academic information and contents via interaction with other people. Organisations could be private tertiary schools, firms, religious institution,” he added.

What are the challenges so far? He answered: “The major challenge has been poor electricity supply; it has limited me from doing a lot of things to keep upgrading the site. I devote a lot of time to developing new programmes for the site but lack of constant power supply has not been helping matters at all. Also manpower and resources is another challenge. In a country like Nigeria, resources are not readily available to aid such programme. I also have the challenge of convincing people to understand what i-School stands for. But I thank God as people are getting to understand that it is a noble cause that can integrate the Nigerian education system better”.

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