Analysis of ICT Competencies Among Distance Learning Students in selected Study Centres of the National Open University of Nigeria

  • Clifford Moses Amini RETRIDOL - National Open University of Nigeria. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9860-8150
  • Oluwaseun Oluyide Regional Training and Research Institute for Distance and Open Learning (RETRIDOL) - National Open University of Nigeria.
Keywords: Competency, Information and Communication Technology, Distance Learning, gender effect

Abstract

The research evaluated the ICT competencies of Distance learning students of the National Open University of Nigeria, as a pre-requisite for their effectiveness in a computer-based learning environment. 186 students (66 males and 120 females) responded to the questionnaire:  Learners’ Competency in the use of ICT (LC in CT), which was adopted from the UNESCO Competency Standard (2008).  Results show that distance learning students of the National Open University of Nigeria show competencies in the use of ICT to deepen knowledge. However, only a few can use technology and ICT to create knowledge. This is despite many of the students showing a high level of literacy in computer and technology.  The result of hypotheses shows that students’ qualification influences their competency in ICT but their gender never affects ICT competency. The research recommends the strengthening of General Studies (GST) course in computer and technology.

Author Biography

Clifford Moses Amini, RETRIDOL - National Open University of Nigeria.
Associate Professor at the Regional Training and Research Institute for Distance and Open Learning (RETRIDOL)@ National Open University of Nigeria.

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Published
2020-03-20
How to Cite
Amini, C. M., & Oluyide, O. (2020). Analysis of ICT Competencies Among Distance Learning Students in selected Study Centres of the National Open University of Nigeria. Journal of Learning for Development , 7(1), 78-89. Retrieved from https://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/376
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Research Articles