Author: Achukwu Chiemezie Bartholomew
Department: Vocational Education
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka
Technical students are required to have information and communication technology (ICT) skills needed for lifelong, self-paced learning through its usage by their teachers in the classrooms. Undoubtedly, the use of ICT supported learning (e-learning) by technical teachers is greatly dependent on the extent of their being aware of it. Based on this, the study investigated the extent of awareness and usage of e-learning by tertiary technical teachers who are
responsible for training technical students in south eastern states of Nigeria. To effectively carry out this study, four research questions were posed and four hypotheses formulated. Data were collected from the respondents with the aid of a questionnaire. A total of 145 tertiary technical teachers made up the population of the study, 135 was reach and given questionnaire to fill out of which 126 that responded to the questionnaire were used for the study. A reliability test using Cronbach Alpha reliability coefficient method yielded 0.91, 0.80, 0.64 and 0.71 for sections B, C, D, and E respectively. Mean rating was used to answer the research questions while t-test statistics was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Major findings showed that technical teachers were aware of synchronous e-learning and fairly aware of asynchronous e-learning. Result also showed that they fairly often used both synchronous and asynchronous e-learning for teaching technical students and no significant difference was found in their usage and awareness of synchronous and asynchronous e-learning as a result of types of institution. It was recommended among others, that federal government through the ministry of education should promote awareness programme via mass media, and teacher training programme. Management of tertiary institutions should provide in-service training and workshops on ICT awareness and its application for teachers and condition classrooms environment with e-learning device for the teachers use.
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