Nnamdi Azikiwe University has recently begun a technical training organized by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in collaboration with Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The training which kicked off on Monday, 22nd August 2016 at the University digital library had participants from different institutions from the Southeastern region.
Speaking during the training, the Facilitator, Mr. Johnson Opigo commended UNIZIK for its gigantic digital Library, which he said is one of the best in the Country. He also commended the University for being the first in Southeast to hold CTA training, which is aimed at encouraging participants to strategize on possible application areas for Web 2.0 and Social Media in their agro-business and marketing activities. The training, he said, will introduce the trainee to a selection of Web 2.0 and Social Media applications and platforms that will enhance the ways in which information is created and published, and also provide means to collaborate and share resources online.
Speaking further, he defined Web 2.0 as the second generation of web development and web design, characterized in facilitating communication, information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration on the World Wide Web. While Social Media as an umbrella defines the various activities that integrate technology, social interaction and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. He stressed that Social media is a Web 2.0 innovation that encourages user-generated content and extends the focus to the users by allowing them to create other content to share among their networks. Mr. Opigo opined that the training will help the trainee to perform simple and advanced searches using Google search engine and to demonstrate how to use searches to monitor discussions and information related to themselves and their organization that is available on the internet.
Speaking earlier, Dr. C. Ebenebe welcomed all the participants to UNIZIK, the University of All Times, and enjoined them to move freely since Anambra State is one of the safest states in the country. Dr. Ebenebe also expressed her appreciation to the amiable Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph .E. Ahaneku, FAS for his maximum support for the training. She stated that the training will enhance research and collaboration in the University, and she called on colleagues to participate actively in the training.