Pattern of Computer and Internet Use among Teachers in Higher Institutions in Nigeria

By Michael Awoleye, William Siyanbola, Abiodun Egbetokun, Thomas K. Yesufu and Joan Adewoyin.

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This research borders on assessing teachers’ competences in the use of ICT tools in teaching and research in Nigeria. Two common ICTs: the computer and the internet were selected, and the skills and attitudes of teachers in 7 Nigerian higher Institutions were assessed. About 760 questionnaires were distributed to 7 higher institutions comprising 4 Universities, 2 Polytechnics & one College of Education; a response rate of 67% was achieved. Our result showed that about 96.7% of the teachers have access to a PC and 84.9% have self-owned PCs. Access to Internet stood at 88.6% and the point of access was traced mostly to cyber cafés (49.8%), although slightly over half of all respondents (54.4%) claimed to have access point in their offices, and one out of every 5 have Internet connections at home. Encouragingly, 40.8% and 37.5% have more than 5yrs experience using both computer and the internet respectively and a paltry 8.5% have used both the computer and the internet for less than one year across the institutions. About 53% of these teachers were found to be frequent with the use of the computer out of which 45% spend up to 5hrs on a weekly basis. On the overall, time spent online per teacher is calculated at about 5hrs per week. A good number of the teachers were found to be proficient with varied computer applications and several Internet services (mean=3.51, S.D 1.08). To foster improved access and use of both Computer and the Internet, a number of useful policy directions are advanced. This tends to increase Teacher's productivity in all higher school of Learning.

Keywords: e-Learning, Pedagogy, Proficiency, Policy, Tertiary Institutions

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp.233-244. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.109MB).

Michael Awoleye

Research Officer, Research & Training, National Centre for Technology Management, National Centre for Technology Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

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, Director General's Office, National Centre for Technology Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, 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.

Mr Abiodun Egbetokun

Research Officer, Technology Innovation, National Centre for Technology Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Dr Thomas K. Yesufu

Director, Coperative Information Network (COPINE), Coperative Information Network, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Joan Adewoyin

Reseacher, Coperative Information Network(COPINE), Coperative Information Network, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria


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