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Summer 3-23-2015

Abstract

This study investigates the use of ICT for distance learning by students of the National Open University of Nigeria. A descriptive survey design was adopted for this study and the main instrument for data collection was questionnaire. Copies of the questionnaire were administered on students of the National Open University of Nigeria, main campus, Lagos. Findings from the data analysis revealed that the level of ICT use among the respondents was high and; easy accessibility to most of the ICT facilities needed for distance learning is identified as the major factor responsible for the high level of usage of ICT by the respondents. Benefits, such as enhanced access to quality education, improved level of knowledge, opportunity to study through a variety of methods, cost effective education opportunities as well as overcoming time barriers were some of the benefits the use of ICT for distance learning highlighted in this study. Although considerable benefits are derived from the use of ICT for distance learning, constraints such as erratic power supply, frequent breakdown of ICT facilities, and controlled access to ICT facilities were identified as some of the factors militating against the use of ICT for distance learning. Findings from this study, it can be concluded that the level of ICT use for distance learning and the benefits derivable from it are high although there are few constraints to their effective and maximum use among distance learning students. Recommendations were made on how to overcome these constraints.

This study investigates the use of ICT for distance learning by students of the National Open University of Nigeria. A descriptive survey design was adopted for this study and the main instrument for data collection was questionnaire. Copies of the questionnaire were administered on students of the National Open University of Nigeria, main campus, Lagos. Findings from the data analysis revealed that the level of ICT use among the respondents was high and; easy accessibility to most of the ICT facilities needed for distance learning is identified as the major factor responsible for the high level of usage of ICT by the respondents. Benefits, such as enhanced access to quality education, improved level of knowledge, opportunity to study through a variety of methods, cost effective education opportunities as well as overcoming time barriers were some of the benefits the use of ICT for distance learning highlighted in this study. Although considerable benefits are derived from the use of ICT for distance learning, constraints such as erratic power supply, frequent breakdown of ICT facilities, and controlled access to ICT facilities were identified as some of the factors militating against the use of ICT for distance learning. Findings from this study, it can be concluded that the level of ICT use for distance learning and the benefits derivable from it are high although there are few constraints to their effective and maximum use among distance learning students. Recommendations were made on how to overcome these constraints.

This study investigates the use of ICT for distance learning by students of the National Open University of Nigeria. A descriptive survey design was adopted for this study and the main instrument for data collection was questionnaire. Copies of the questionnaire were administered on students of the National Open University of Nigeria, main campus, Lagos. Findings from the data analysis revealed that the level of ICT use among the respondents was high and; easy accessibility to most of the ICT facilities needed for distance learning is identified as the major factor responsible for the high level of usage of ICT by the respondents. Benefits, such as enhanced access to quality education, improved level of knowledge, opportunity to study through a variety of methods, cost effective education opportunities as well as overcoming time barriers were some of the benefits the use of ICT for distance learning highlighted in this study. Although considerable benefits are derived from the use of ICT for distance learning, constraints such as erratic power supply, frequent breakdown of ICT facilities, and controlled access to ICT facilities were identified as some of the factors militating against the use of ICT for distance learning. Findings from this study, it can be concluded that the level of ICT use for distance learning and the benefits derivable from it are high although there are few constraints to their effective and maximum use among distance learning students. Recommendations were made on how to overcome these constraints.

This study investigates the use of ICT for distance learning by students of the National Open University of Nigeria. A descriptive survey design was adopted for this study and the main instrument for data collection was questionnaire. Copies of the questionnaire were administered on students of the National Open University of Nigeria, main campus, Lagos. Findings from the data analysis revealed that the level of ICT use among the respondents was high and; easy accessibility to most of the ICT facilities needed for distance learning is identified as the major factor responsible for the high level of usage of ICT by the respondents. Benefits, such as enhanced access to quality education, improved level of knowledge, opportunity to study through a variety of methods, cost effective education opportunities as well as overcoming time barriers were some of the benefits the use of ICT for distance learning highlighted in this study. Although considerable benefits are derived from the use of ICT for distance learning, constraints such as erratic power supply, frequent breakdown of ICT facilities, and controlled access to ICT facilities were identified as some of the factors militating against the use of ICT for distance learning. Findings from this study, it can be concluded that the level of ICT use for distance learning and the benefits derivable from it are high although there are few constraints to their effective and maximum use among distance learning students. Recommendations were made on how to overcome these constraints.

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