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Assessment of Awareness and Intergration of E-Learning Amid Covid-19 Pandemic Among Language Lecturers in Public Universities, North-Central Nigeria

Volume: 79  ,  Issue: 1 , June    Published Date: 05 July 2021
Publisher Name: IJRP
Views: 58  ,  Download: 22 , Pages: 116 - 135    
DOI: 10.47119/IJRP100791620212012

Authors

# Author Name
1 ABDULLAHI UMAR
2 HARUNA ILIYASU MAKERA
3 RABO MAIKEFFI
4 BARA'ATU ABDULLAHI

Abstract

Abstract The research study investigated the awareness and integration of E-Learning amid Covid-19 pandemic among Language lecturers in Public Universities, North-Central Nigeria. The research was steered by three objectives as well as their matching research questions and null hypotheses. Survey design was adopted for the research. The population of the research consists of language lecturers in Government owned universities within North-Central Geo-political Zone-Nigeria. There is a total of 433 lecturers spread across 12 public universities in North-Central Zone of Nigeria. The sample size utilised within the study was 204 determined based on Research Advisors (2006) table for sample selection. The multi-stage technique for sampling was utilised in the selection of the sample for the research. The study utilised structured questionnaire entitled “Language Teachers’ Awareness and Integration E-Learning Questionnaire” (LATAIE-Q). The questionnaire has four sections. Section ‘A’ elicits personal information of the respondents which consist of institutional affiliations, gender, location, highest qualification and experience. Section ‘B’ centres on the availability of e-learning resources for teaching language in public universities which has the following scales (Fully Available=FA, Partially Available= PA, Unavailable=UA & Uncertain=UC). Section ‘C’ collects data on the lecturers’ awareness of e-learning facilities. This section has twenty-three items which are presented on a Likert-type four-point scale ranging from Fully Aware (FA), Aware (A), Unaware (U) and Fully Unaware (FU) with 4,3,2,1-point value assigned to each correspondingly. Section ‘D’ is on language lecturers’ integration of e-learning facilities in language teaching. This section also consists of twenty-three objects evaluated on a Likert-type four-point scale running from Fully Integrated (FI), Partially Integrated (PI), Partially Not Integrated (PN) and Highly Not integrated (HN) respectively with weighted value of 4 to 1 with regards to scoring. The instrument was vetted by research experts in Computer Science and information science, test and measurement and Language. The reliability of the tool was obtained by means of pilot study. This was conducted at university of Abuja using 30 language Lecturers. Hence, 0.83 was realised. The study utilised frequency as well as percentage counts to showcase the basic personal information of the respondents. The standard deviations and arithmetic means were utilised in answering the questions raised by the research. In addition, the study used chi-squares to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 alpha level of significance. The study among others found that there were inadequate and insufficient e-learning language infrastructures amid Covid-19 pandemic for use among language lecturers in public universities in north-central, Nigeria. Some recommendations were put forth that include a need for Public universities to engage in a hyper-intensive awareness and campaigns programmes that will enable the language lecturers involved not only learn how to utilize Information and Communication Technology gadgets such as e-learning facilities in teaching language teaching but also be able to effectively and efficiently utilize such technological teaching aids. Key Words: Awareness, E-learning, Integration, Language, Lecturers

Keywords

  • Integration
  • Awareness
  • E-learning