The Curriculum Development and Instructional Materials Centre (CUDIMAC) was formally established in June 1972 to be a service centre for the Faculty of Education and through this Faculty to serve other faculties in the university. CUDIMAC was founded by The Carnegie Corporation of New York through a grant for an initial period of three years. The centre’s mission then was to service education in Nigeria generally and in the then Eastern Region (now South-East and South-South states) of Nigeria particularly, through realistic and functional education to Nigerians. The mission of CUDIMAC has since changed in line with current realities and educational developments in Nigeria. The current mission of CUDIMAC is to be in the forefront of evidence-based innovations in the development of curriculum and instructional materials, and the introduction of new methodologies in pedagogy that will be genuinely useful in Nigerian institutions of learning, while meeting the global standards, yet promoting the core values of the university, which will ensure the restoration of the dignity of man. In line with the above mission, the Centre’s core values include integrity, transparency professionalism, hard work and accountability.
All through 1970s to late 1990s, CUDIMAC was the only recognised body that handled workshops for teachers at the primary and secondary school levels of education in all of South-East and South-South zones. During this period, CUDIMAC contributed significantly to the development of primary and secondary school curricula and indeed drew up the syllabi for schools at these levels in not only the South-East and South-South but also in the South-West zones of Nigeria.
By late 1990s, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) came to the forefront of curriculum development for the entire Nigerian nation, while in various states several bodies took over the responsibility of handling workshops for teachers. With these new developments, it became necessary to re-define the functions of CUDIMAC and in line with the current vision of the University of Nigeria
CURRENT VISION OF CUDIMAC
The original vision and mission of the centre emanated from the vision and mission of the university and has varied slightly in line with the current vision and mission of the university. Changes have occurred in Teaching/learning environment in the 21st century and the centre has to embark on research into and development of new instructional materials required for modern teaching approaches/strategies for 21st century learning characterized by e-learning. The changes in objective of the centre to produce and stock relevant instructional materials needed to drive e-learning in the university, and by extention to the larger Nigerian society could be said to be driven by both internal and external factors.
Currently the vision of CUDIMAC is to be a functional, globally competitive and research-based Education Centre in Nigeria that will serve as an educational consulting clinic empowered towards the development of curriculum and instructional materials and training in the use thereof.
Funding of the Centre
The centre is funded through subvention by the university. Budget drawn by individuals appointed to do so, and approved by the Director is implemented by the administration through the supply of Goods and Services (DTLC).
Scope of the centre’s services include organising conferences for educators, teachers and researchers aimed at creating awareness in the areas of emerging innovations in curriculum as well as teaching methods/strategies; selling instructional aids and packages on CDs and DVDs.
The Centre’s Strengths
The centre’s strengths include
- Highly qualified, experienced and skilled manpower for courseware design and development.
- Cordial relationship among staff.
- Academic staff with vast knowledge in teaching and research.