Use of Instructional Technologies in Library and Information Science Schools in Nigerian Universities: Raising the Bar in Pedagogical Content Delivery

Abstract

Instructional technologies (ITs) promote pedagogical resourcefulness and effectiveness. However, in Nigerian universities, paucity of information resources for teaching is a major concern for stakeholders, particularly in Library and Information Science (LIS) education where the use of instructional technologies is low. Literature has focused on the adoption of ICTs and their use by teachers and students with little consideration for the level of use of instructional technologies in LIS schools in Nigerian universities. This study, therefore, attempted a study on the use of instructional technologies in university-based LIS schools in Nigeria. Descriptive survey design was adopted. Twenty-seven universities that offer LIS as programme were totally enumerated with the unit of analysis being by university. In most of the LIS schools, ITs were perceived easy to use and there was a generally positive feeling towards the use of ITs. However, contrary to expectations, the level of use of ITs was found to be low, the perception of usefulness, negative and institutional support, low. Nonetheless, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo; University of Ilorin, Ilorin; University of Uyo, Uyo; University of Calabar, Calabar and Benue State University, Markurdi, could be said to be leading in the use of instructional technology innovations among the university-based LIS schools in Nigeria based on the parameters set by the study. It was therefore recommended that adequate and state-of-the-art instructional technologies should be acquired while training and support programmes designed and implemented to encourage a positive perception of usefulness, a wider acceptance and an extensive use of ITs for quality LIS university education in Nigeria.

Keywords: Instructional Technologies, Perceived Usefulness, attitude to instructional technology use, ease of use, institutional support, university-based LIS schools in Nigeria

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