Wednesday, 13 June 2018

SETTING YOUR ACADEMIC GOAL

Welcome to 2017/2018 academic session. what is your academic goal for the session? I will show you the different CGPA and their corresponding classes to assist you in making that decision.

    CGPA            CLASS OF DEGREE
1. 4.50-5.00        First Class (1st Class)
2. 3.50-4.49        Second Class Upper (2:1)
3. 2.40-3.49        Second Class Lower(2:2)
4. 1.50-2.39         Third Class (3rd Class)
5. 1.00-1.49         Pass Degree.

So, I ask again, what is your academic goal for this session? If you are already in the first three classes, I say keep it up. You can still to better. But if you are in the last two classes or even below, there is still room for improvement. You need to work hard. Success is achievable if you work for it. I want you to know that nothing good comes easy. What it requires is your planning of your time, manage your time well to incorporate your study into your daily routine and make sacrifices, at the end you shall succeed.

Monday, 21 May 2018

The LMS

Learning Management System (LMS): An integral part of Open Distance Education
          A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that is used to plan, deliver, publish and place self-paced online courses in online catalogs. Facilitators and Learners login to the LMS by using a browser, which enable learners to select courses from the online catalog and begin their online study.  
         A LMS makes it easy for a course administrator/facilitator to track course completions, current status or performance of each learner. All learners’ activity in the LMS can be tracked and are useful for performance evaluation and other related functions. In Open Distance Education (ODE), the LMS is very important. For you to keep track of all academic activities, you must visit LMS page at least twice weekly, ideally you are suppose to login every day.

Few Benefits of the LMS
1. It saves time: Unlike the traditional method of teaching (face to Face) it saves time, has learners don’t have to travel from their location or seek permit from their employers to attend lectures.

2.It is Flexible: This is not a regimented teaching learning process where a learner has to be in a class to attend lectures. Implementing an LMS fixes this. Learners can log in to their platform to complete courses wherever they are. Whether it’s on the bus to work, during a coffee break or setting aside half an hour at their desk, there are significant time savings for them.

3.It is Cost effective: Traditional learning not only wastes time, it wastes money too. Instructors, training days, travel costs, training materials, location hiring etc. The use of the LMS reduces this. Facilitators interact online, meaning learners can train at any time.

How to Use the LMS

Course Creation

Once the LMS is activated, it allows the facilitator to create courses by uploading each module. The materials could be in document, video or audio formats. The facilitator is able to create examinations, quizzes, and surveys within the system to assess learners’ performance and gather feedback.  Some of this feedback can be used as part of your continuous assessment.

Enrollment

Once a course is published learners are to be enrolled. On a rudimentary level, facilitators can send an invitation by email to learners to access the course or a code can be given to class leaders to enable learners enroll. It’s important to understand that each course has its own code, and for learners to enroll for all courses you must get all codes for each courses.
After enrollment it is important for learners to login constantly to keep track of academic activities which include getting course online course materials on time, doing continuous assessment before they expire etc. The Learning Management System is your classroom in ODE, so it is important you explore it to the fullest.





Friday, 4 May 2018

WELCOME MESSAGE
I want to welcome both the returning and all our fresh students for the 2017/18 academic session. I want to congratulate the returning students on their success of the last session’s exams and also rejoice with the fresh students on their admission to the Distance Learning Institute; University of Lagos. The start of the year is always a special time for students particularly the D.L.I students. I wish to take this opportunity to share with you an important topic which is Stress management.
In trying to cope with academic, family and work you may experience stress at some. As students; who combines work and study, events come up almost daily in your work place that can result in undue stress which can affect you if you do not learn how to schedule your time and manage your activities properly. You should note that there are different categories of stress. These categories of stress have different effect on individuals.  Low level stress may not be noticeable; mild ones may be tolerable while high ones can be harmful and even lead to chronic disease. Students are one of the most common victims of stress. Factors like financial expenses, over commitment, family expectations and workload all can induce stress. Practical stress management can help students deal with their worries and become more productive, competent and effective. Here are a few tips for managing stress

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

MAXIMISE YOUR TIME



MAXIMISING YOUR TIME

You are welcome to this session 2016/2017 residential programme, for the first timers (100/200 direct entry) the last post already addressed what this period is all about and your role as a student during your stay on campus. However, it is important to know that this is a period to maximise your time. It is assumed that majority of DLI students are working class and may not have has much time needed at a stretch to study hard and effectively, however this period make up for that and should be used judiciously. To achieve success either academically or otherwise, time management is a key factor.
Maximising your time is all about properly prioritising things, so how well  do you ensure that your set goals are achieved. In this residential period, your main goal as a student is to study hard in other to achieve academic success.
Click on this link below for effective tips on time management:




Monday, 16 October 2017

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMME

The Residential programme is a period set aside for Distance Learning students to come on campus and reside for a stipulated  period of time to:

  • have intensive revision of the courses that they have been studying individually or during study centre meetings with their facilitators
  • have a feel of campus life as university students
  • have enough time to study their course materials and
  • eventually write their examination.
In  Distance Learning Institute, the University of Lagos, you are given the privilege to reside in different halls of residence within the campus for the purpose of  the residential. 
This Session, the residential programme would commence on Monday the 30th of October, 2017. You would come on campus for revision and examination. This will last between 30th of October to the 17th of December. 
My candid counsel to you my student.
As you move into the halls of residence, kindly be conscious of the following
  1. You are here for something important.
  2. Your future is very important and you cannot afford to play with it.
  3. Be mindful of the major reason why you are on campus and do not play away your time.
  4. Watch the company you keep.
  5. Secure your life and your property.
  6.  Your self-esteem is to be protected.
  7. Do not do anything that will tarnish your image or drag your name to the mud.
I wish you well. 
Contact the Learner Support Unit, if you are experiencing any form of challenge that may be detrimental to your success.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUCCESSFUL AND UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

There is a great discovery I have made lately. This has been confirm by what I observe in people around me. The great difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person lies in these two major things.

  • Management of time and
  • Management of endowments and opportunities.
When an individual is very conscious of his or her time, and understands that any time wasted can never be regained, he or she plans out and manages the time available to him or her carefully. By so doing, a lot is achieved within the shortest possible time. Whereas, when one procrastinates and plays away the time he or she has, he or she would end up not accomplishing much. So, manage your time well.

The next important thing that brings success is management of endowments or talent if you may say. As well as managing every opportunity that comes your way. A talent not utilized is just like a hidden treasure that is not important until it is found. Every human being has a talent and or a treasure buried in him by the creator. That is what makes you unique and different from others. So, discover and use your talent to shine. Again, opportunity lost, can never be regained, so make the best use of every opportunity that comes your way. Opportunity comes but once!!

Do you want to succeed, then heed this discovery of mine and see yourself soar like an EAGLE.
 YES YOU CAN!!!

Friday, 4 August 2017

ANGER MANAGEMENT 11

ANGER MANAGEMENT 11
In the last session, you learnt about the causes and types of anger, this session will expose you to the effects of Anger and how to manage your anger.
EFFECTS OF ANGER
The effect of anger may be positive or negative. It affects the way we think, feel and behave. Well managed anger can be a useful emotion that motivates you to make positive changes however uncontrollable anger can lead to arguments physical fights, abuse and assault. It can lead to health, emotional and mental problem.
POSITIVE EFFECT OF ANGER
Appropriately managed Anger can be useful and powerful enough to motivate you to make positive changes. Anger can get you to take decent action and do something about a particular problem. Anger may make you to be assertive, strong and confident. It could have positive outcomes such as increased work motivation, improved relationships and increased mutual understanding (Akinade2013).
NEGATIVE EFFECT OF ANGER
Unresolved Anger issues leads to anxiety which can have long term effect on your life. Immediate effect of Anxiety might include dizziness, rapid breathing, muscle pain, muscle tension, headaches, and problems with concentration and memory. Long term anxiety can pose dangerous risk to your physical and emotional state. Individuals who suffer bouts of anxiety can be at greater risk of suffering stroke, serious memory loss, chronic sleep disorders and relationship issues can develop.
                  Also anger can lead to accident especially on the road. It can ruin or poison interpersonal relationship at home, school, work or in the community. It can lead to parent, child and spousal conflict. Uncontrolled anger can be dangerous and lead to crime abuse and very violent behaviour. Anger expression might also have negative outcomes for individuals and as well as a decrease of productivity and increase of job stress. Visible effect of anger on some people include feeling sad, and showing it in the face, feeling uneasy and uncomfortable.
     Health effect of anger include Headache, digestion problems such as irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive disorders abdominal pain, insomnia, depression, skin problems such as eczema, heart attack hypertension. Akinade(2013) Also people who show anger all the time tend to have disturbed lines of thought. This may make them irrational or even not thinking before acting. They may make risky decisions about their relationships, careers or others in their lives.
                 Before your anger and anxiety wreck havoc on your entire life, find out what you can do to stop it
         
        GENERAL SRATEGIES FOR MANAGING ANGER
Keeping your temper in check can be challenging. Below are anger management tips which can help you put your anger in control.
1. Change your thinking: Think before you speak. In the heat of the movement it is easy to say something you will later regret. Take a few moments to correct your thoughts before saying anything and allow others involved in the situation to do the same.
2. Listen Correctively: Listen attentively to what the other person have to say. The point may be as valid as yours. Do not interrupt them. Only one person should speak at a time not the two of you as this may lead to a shouting competition.
3. Do not hold grudge: Forgiveness is powerful tool practise forgiveness. You should forgive the other person once he or she regrets or apologise for whatever is the case of your anger. If you forgive someone who angered you, you might both learn from the situation it’s unrealistic to expect everyone to behave exactly as you want at all time.
4. Communicate using I’’ phrases : To  avoid  criticizing  or placing blame on other which might only increase tension use I statements to describe the problem. Be respectful and specific. For example say I’m upset that you left the table without offering to help with the dishes instead of “ you never do any house work”
5. Identify possible solutions: instead of Focusing on what made you mad. work on resolving the issue at hand. Remind yourself that anger won’t fix anything but might only make it worse.
6. Practice relaxation skills: when your temper flares put relaxation skills to work .Practice deep breathing exercise, imagine a relaxing scene or respect a calming word or phrase such as” take it easy” .you might also listen to music or write in Journal. Whatever it takes to encourage relaxation.
         
7. Take a time out: Timeouts aren’t just for kids. Give yourself short breaks during times of the day that tend to be stressful. A few moments of quiet time might help you feel better prepared to handle what is ahead without getting irritated or angry. Walk away from what instigates your anger temporarily mentally until you cool down. Once you are calm, express your anger.
8. Use of humour to release tension: Lightening up can help diffuse tension. Use humour to help you face what is making you angry and possibly any unrealistic expectations you have for how things should go. Try to crack jokes it can help you achieve a more balanced perspective as long as there is no risk of misinterpretation.
        CONCLUSION     Anger is deadly, it can lead to the loss of lives and property and even insanity in
         Some individuals, so it is up to us to control anger in order to live safe and happy lives.    
               However if you feel you cannot control your anger you should seek expert control. In D. L. I we have the learners support team made up of Professional Counsellors who are ready to help you. They will expose you to Anger Management Counselling which will focus on learning specific skills and ways of thinking to cope with anger.