An Assessment of the Extent of Integration, Application and Utilization of Web-Based Learning Systems in Post Basic Institutions in Nigeria

Olaniyi Alaba Sofowora

Abstract


This study employed descriptive survey design. It discussed the adoption of, and integration of Web-Based Learning Systems(WBLS) into teaching and learning for distance learning and full time students. It also discussed various concerted efforts at integrating web-based learning into the teaching and learning of Science and Technology Education at the Post-Basic Institutions (STEP-B). The specific objectives of this study are to:
(i) investigate WBLS adoption and usage among the students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife for both distance and residential learning,(ii) determine the availability and adequacy of the facilities / infrastructures for WBLS,(iii) assess the level of implementation of WBLS
(iv) determine the WBL format adopted by the University,(v) find out student’s acceptance to use the type of WBL format adopted, and (vi)investigate the challenges facing the integration and utilization of WBLS .
The study sample consisted of two hundred and fifty undergraduate students and fifty six staff selected from OAU Ife. The research instrument is made of 35items divided into 5 sections. The results showed that adoption and usage of WBLS in OAU Ife was very high. WBLS facilities and infrastructure are inadequate for both full time and distance learners. The students were enthusiastic to accept and use the new WBLS (Academic Blackboard and Multi-site teaching using the blended learning approach). The major challenges as ranked by the students are: techno-phobia, band width problem, epileptic power supply and insufficient infrastructure.

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