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


  • Awoleye, Michael
  • Siyanbola, William
  • Egbetokun, Abiodun A.
  • Yesufu, Thomas
  • Adewoyin, Joan


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.

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  • Awoleye, Michael & Siyanbola, William & Egbetokun, Abiodun A. & Yesufu, Thomas & Adewoyin, Joan, 2008. "Pattern of Computer and Internet Use among Teachers in Higher Institutions in Nigeria," MPRA Paper 25226, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25226

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    e-Learning; Pedagogy; Proficiency; Policy; Tertiary Institutions;

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    • Y8 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions


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