THE STATUS OF E-LEARNING APPLICATION IN SCIENCE CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA

GABRIEL ODEH ANKELI, PhD

Abstract

This study investigated the challenges and prospects of e-learning application in secondary schools in Otukpo LGA, Benue State, Nigeria. Three hundred and fifty (350) teachers in public secondary schools were used as the sample for the study. A self-structured questionnaire on the availability and use of e-learning tools was used for data collection. The instrument contained 30 items. The reliability co-efficient of the instrument stood at 0.78. The data collected were analyzed using frequency distribution, mean and chart. The findings revealed: there is shortage of e-learning tools such as internet, computers, e-mail facilities, multimedia, scanner, printer, VCD player, digital camera etc. It was also revealed that the few available ones such as computers, scanner and printer are not utilized because the teachers lack the knowledge and skills of computer application. The following were identified as the prospects of e-learning in secondary schools: Using e-learning makes it easy to controls large class; e-learning enables the learner to learn at his own pace/encourages individual learning, e-learning makes teaching and learning effective and efficient etc. It was recommended among other things that, the government should embark on a massive computer training program for teachers. Teachers should be trained and retrained through in-service training, seminars, workshops and conferences for acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed for e-learning application in secondary schools in Nigeria.

Keywords: Challenges, Prospect, E-learning and Secondary Schools

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