Regional Training & Research Institute for Open and Distance Learning

What is RETRIDAL and what is its purpose?

      Regional Training & Research Institute for Open and Distance Learning

  • An academic arm of NOUN with the specific responsibility for undertaking training and development activities and foster research in ODL
  • RETRIDAL ‘s main purpose is to provide training services and opportunities to other emerging ODL Institutions; build a regional network of ODL trainers and researchers; undertake practice-based research within Nigeria and across West Africa; and network with other similar institutions globally.
  • To ensure the success of ODL system and maximize the benefits of distance education in the sub-region.

RETRIDAL was established (in August 2003) at NOUN as a practical response to the growing demand for training and research in ODL in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver, Canada. The funding of RETRIDAL is expected to be shared equally between NOUN and COL.

Objectives of RETRIDAL:
RETRIDAL has two broad objectives which include;

  • To undertake and promote staff training
  • To engage in and support systematic research activities in open and distance education in order to build for and provide quality distance education in West Africa.
  • To build capacity of West African universities in open and distance education.

The vision of RETRIDAL is:
              To become a globally acclaimed one-stop solution for ODL training, 
              development and 
              research needs in the West African sub-region.

The mission:
         To build a regional network of expertise in the West Africa sub-region that is 
         highly proficient in the delivery of training, development and practice-based 
         research in ODL

RETRIDAL was established:-

  • For the primary purpose of meeting the training and capacity building needs of NOUN and other Open Universities.
  • To offer training services and opportunities to other emerging ODL institutions within and across educational sectors of Nigeria and other West African countries.
  • To build a regional network of ODL trainers as well as to establish a centre of excellence in training and development.

RETRIDAL has successfully launched one journal called: West African Journal of Open and Flexible Learning (WAJOFEL). Its maiden issue is already out and the second issue is in the pipeline and due to be printed in the very near future. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research-based papers in ODL.


Between 2004 and 2009 RETRIDAL had organized 25 workshops in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Tanzania.

  1. First Sub-Regional Stakeholders’ Planning Meeting was held in Lagos, May 2004.
  2. Between August 2004 and October 2004, 22 Workshops held in Nigeria (16), Ghana (1), Cameroon (3), The Gambia (1) and Tanzania (1).
  3. In 2005, 180 NOUN staff trained in induction and orientation programmes.
  4. Between 2005 and 2009, about 50 NOUN staff were trained.
  5. Since 2006, more than 200 NOUN staff received advanced orientation in e-learning content development skill, etc.
  6. Since 2005, about 80 NOUN staff received specialized training in instructional designs.
  7. Some 339 non-NOUN course material writers from other institutions of higher education in Nigeria and other countries trained in open and distance learning.
  8. ISD Workshop -26th June -3rd July 2010.
  9. July 2010 New Trends in Teacher Education and Professional Development, held in both Lagos and Abuja.
  10. 21st -24th September 2010, Capacity Building Workshop in Flexible and Blended Approaches to Skills Development for TVET Institutional Heads.
  11. Regional Leadership Training Workshop for Female Academics in West Africa – 12-14th May 2011.
  12. E-Learning Workshop in Ghana- May 18th -21st 2011.
  13. E-Learning Initiative Workshop in Freetown Town, Sierra Leone July 2011.
  14. Research Development Workshop in the Gambia 2011.
  15. Workshop on Wiki Educator for Academic Staff -15th-16th Aug.2011.
  16. One –Day Sensitization Workshop on the mounting of PGDDE Programme in NOUN.
  17. National Workshop on Tutoring and Effective Management of Feedback in ODL Abuja February 7th -11th 2012
  18. Some 248 non-NOUN staff from Cameroon, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Tanzania participated in the specialized orientation programmes.
  19. The RETRIDAL research-base journal “West African Journal for Open and Flexible Learning” was successfully launched with its maiden issue appearing in 2011. Two issues of the journal have recently been released from press.



1 Prof. Patrick E. Eya Director
2 Mr. Felix Kayode Olakulehin  Research Fellow I
3 Ms Yemisi Amurawaiye Assistant Registrar
4 Mrs. Ibironke Ogunmakin, Asst. Training Officer
5 Mrs. Florence Nzekwu. Snr. Conf. Sec
6 Ms Bolanle Oladele, Clerical Officer
7 Mr. Felix Kayode Olakulehin Research Fellow I
8 Mr. Oluwaseun P. OLUYIDE, Asst. Research Fellow
9 Ibironke OGUNMAKIN, Asst. Training Officer
10 Yemisi Amurawaiye Assistant Registrar
11 Safurat B. ZAKARI Prin Principal conf. sec.
12 Bolanle O. Oladele, Snr. Snr Clerical Officer


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14/16 Ahmadu Bello Way,Victoria Island,Lagos

Type (Directorate or Unit)
Directorate/Unit Name
Prof. Patrick E. Eya

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