An Assessment of Students' Preparedness for e-Learning Adoption in Nigerian Universities

By Michael Awoleye and William Siyanbola.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The capabilities of interconnection of computers and the internet have created a different teaching and learning environment which requires new pedagogical paradigms. Here, we assess the e-learning standing of university students in Nigeria, using the leading-ICT university as a case study. The paper discusses the availability of technology and infrastructure, investigates students’ literacy and proficiency in its use. The following findings show the factors promoting learners’ readiness. It is estimated that about a quarter of the students have personal computers, 87% have access to computers even when they do not have their own computers, about 91% have used email & the internet, 41% are comfortable with the quality of internet service. The implications of these findings in terms of preparedness are discussed. Policy suggestions are also advanced to improve on infrastructure and accessibility. Strategies were suggested to foster more interactions between the private cybercafé operators and the University Management.

Keywords: e-Learning, Teaching, Learning, Policy, Preparedness, Literacy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.135-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 678.585KB).

Michael Awoleye

Research Officer, Research & Training, Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Mr. O.M. Awoleye earned a degree in Computer Science in Olabisi Onabanjo University, and he's rounding up his M.Sc. work in Computer Science in Obafemi Awolowo University. His interest is in the area of policy oriented research such as: application of ICT in education, IT and National Security, Knowledge Management and Innovation Systems. He has spent over a decade in the public service and has a number of publications to his credit.

Dr. William Siyanbola

Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Research & Training/Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Dr W.O Siyanbola He his currently the Director General/CEO of National Centre for Technology Management, O.A.U., Ile-Ife. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Engineering-Physics (Materials Science option) in the then University of Ife (now OAU), Ile-Ife in 1983 he later went to University of Sussex, Brighton, U.K. where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees between 1985 and 91 in energy studies and solid state physics respectively. He has several publications to his credit in both local and international learned journal. His current research interest amongst others include material practice, energy environment policies, S&T policy, ICT management, R&D and Innovation, capacity development in S&T for sustainable growth.

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