David Nzoputa Ofili

David Nzoputa Ofili

Profile

I had my academic education in Library and Information Science (B.Sc) and Computer Science (M.Sc), respectively. Currently, I am pursuing a postgraduate certificate in academic practice to enhance my knowledge of pedagogical theories and practices in higher education, as well as to hone my professional (teaching) practice. My other higher education training designed mainly for professional development and career progression, rather than in pursuit of an academic degree are in the areas of business technology management, global librarianship, strategic management, and library and information leadership and management.

Prior to my joining the University of Leeds in February 2023, I had 13+ years of cognate experience in both the academia and industry where I served in several capacities, including but not limited to:

  • Web Programmer at EcoCore, London, UK;
  • Chief Technology Officer at Digital Citizens, Nigeria;
  • Webmaster of the Nigerian Library Association;
  • Head of ICT (Library), Web Librarian, Lecturer, among several other roles at the University of Benin, Nigeria;
  • Innovation Explorer at Elsevier, Netherlands.

Responsibilities

  • Teach
  • Enthuse students and enhance their learning experience
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in various teaching ramifications

Research interests

I am interested in research in the following areas: human computer interaction, user-centred / user experience design of products and services, digital humanities, information retrieval, and higher education.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Qualifications

  • M.Sc Computer Science
  • B.Sc Library and Information Science

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Online Computer Library Center, USA
  • Professional Member, Institute of Information Management Africa
  • Member, Nigerian Library Association
  • Associate Member, Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria

Student education

I have been engaged in student education in the context of higher education since 2009, where I have served in several capacities and in different universities. Among other roles, I have been involved in teaching and other things teaching entails (e.g., marking, study material design, module leading, invigilation, results preparation, etc.), learning management system design and assessment, distance learning design and assessment, online library catalogues and information retrieval systems design, cataloguing and classification of educational materials, policy making, student support, student disciplinary activities, etc.

However, here in the School of Computing, I engage in student education in the following ways:

  • assist colleagues in teaching and with other teaching-related activities, e.g., during lectures, and with student groups);
  • have arranged drop-in sessions with students for academic support;
  • tutor students taking self-learning modules and programmes;
  • mark courseworks and assist colleagues with marking as well;
  • assist students in lab sessions to figure out issues with their code and to answer other coursework-related queries, and
  • carry out other student education duties assigned to me by the Director of Student Education.