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The study investigated the prospect and challenges of Electronic Information Resources (EIR) usage by Distance Learning Students of University of Ibadan. The use of EIR for traditional and distance learning cannot but be looked into. The world is changing at a faster pace and new innovative ways are important in delivering good, quality and sustainable education.
The results of the study show the negative attitudes of students facing many challenges at the Distance Learning Centre towards the usage of Electronic Information Resources (EIR); they also have positive hope towards the prospect of using Electronic Information Resources (EIR) in the six departments sampled. Students complained of not having full access to Electronic Computer at the DLC, University of Ibadan, and advocated for the provision of student cybercafé/ICT Center at the DLC, University of Ibadan. Students also stated that there should be adequate electricity power supply, provision of good Internet Services and Distribution of Personal Laptop Computers for online interactive class [OIC] and Portable Android Tablet [PAT] loaded with e-books and e-journals that can be accessed both Online and Offline to students at affordable price. The instrument used for the study was a questionnaire and personal observation. Questionnaire was basically used to collect data on prospect and challenges of Electronic Information Resources (EIR) usage by Distance Learning students of Ibadan University. Only 288 students could be gathered across the six Departments at the faculty of Education, University of Ibadan.