ICT Skills Application in Teaching and Research by Lecturers in some Selected Universities in Nigeria

Shiekuma Felix Tor, Apagu Liviticus (CLN) & Segun Joshua Oluwafemi (CLN)

Abstract


This research was carried out to investigate ICT skills application in teaching and research by lecturers in some selected universities in Nigeria. The cross-sectional survey research design was adopted. The targeted population were lecturers in the three universities in Benue State; namely, University of Agriculture, Makurdi; Benue State University, Makurdi and the University of Mkar, with a total of 1,537 lecturers. Out of this population, 306 lecturers were drawn as a sample for the study. Cluster and simple random sampling were employed for sample selection. Questionnaire was used as the instrument for data collection. The data collected from the respondents were sorted, organized, presented and analysed using mean and standard deviation, while inferential statistics in form of One-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was used for testing the two null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed that university lecturers in Benue State apply ICT skills in teaching to some extent, and in the area of research, they apply their ICT skills to a moderate extent. The result of two hypotheses showed that there is a difference in the extent of ICT skills application in teaching by the lecturers in the Federal, State and Private Universities, while, for ICT skills application in research by the lecturers there is no significant difference in the extent of the application in the Federal, State and Private Universities in Benue State. It was therefore recommended that ICT inclined professional librarians and university ICT personnel should offer more personalized support services to lecturers that need the training to be able to integrate ICTs in teaching and research processes. The management of the universities should furnish lecturers’ offices and classrooms with ICT tools and Internet connectivity as this would grant lecturers enabling environment to apply their ICT skills in research and teaching sessions.


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