THE IMPACT OF E-LEARNING ON LECTURERS EDUCATION
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Because of the challenges that universities face, several are implementing institutional ways to embrace e-learning rather than relying on motivated individuals to do it. Although there is an increasing awareness of how e-learning affects students' experiences, there is less understanding of academics' opinions of e-learning (Teno, 2022).
Many technological dawns have occurred in the last thirty (30) years, during which the desktop computer and the internet have been developed; however, similar dawns have occurred throughout the twentieth century-film, radio, records, broadcast television, video tape, and so on-each time enthusiasts have announced the transformation or even the end of the school, college, or university.
E-learning course delivery marks the start of a new era of technical advancement in higher education. Rapid improvements in information technology and accessible internet access are reshaping educational institutions by creating new learning environments and teaching methods. E-learning is innovative and has the potential to improve the country's educational quality. What just-in-time delivery does for manufacturing, online learning education does for knowledge. It offers the proper tools and parts at the right time. However, building online learning is often a time-consuming process that should use a significant amount of faculty work (Frederick, 2022).
E-learning in Nigeria education is still in its early stages. Despite the world's moderate development rate, Nigeria remains on the periphery for a variety of reasons, including insufficient infrastructure, a low level of education, poverty, and a lack of internet knowledge (Akpore, 2022).
A lot has to be done on the side of learners and instructors, in particular, to support the growth of e-learning in Nigeria teacher education. For instructors, two levels of training might be offered. These include an introduction to technology, instruction to operate and maintain hardware, and training in the pedagogical use of technologies.
Finally, it has been discovered that technology alone does not help learning or teaching. The lecturers' attitudes and availability as instructors to serve each individual student as a motivator, mentor, and loving communicator are critical to the effective adoption of e-learning.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The mindset and preparedness of teachers as instructors to use the internet into their teaching tactics is critical to the effective adoption of e-learning and its absorption into a new pedagogy for education in Nigeria's teacher education. Teachers' reluctance to incorporate e-learning into the curriculum has been linked to a lack of technical expertise as well as a lack of perspective (Cuba, 2022).
The world has advanced dramatically as a result of the introduction of e-learning, and it is only a lazy, antiquated instructor who will not educate himself/herself on how to utilize programs such as Microsoft Word and search the internet for information. According to "Hirschbill," one of the greatest impediments to e-learning in Nigeria is staff fear of moving outside their comfort zones, and they are unwilling to take risks.
This anxiety was congruent with the findings of a study of staff integration of technology into their instruction, according to (Muson, Poage, Corners, & Evavold 2022).
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The primary objective of this study is to assess the impact of e-learning on lecturers education. Specifically, other objectives of this study are:
i. To determine the extent of e-learning education by university lecturers.
ii. To examine the different ways of e-learning education by university lecturers.
iii. To find out the benefits of e-learning education by university lecturers.
iv. To find out the challenges of e-learning education by university lecturers.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
These research questions will be answered in this study:
i. What is the extent of e-learning education by university lecturers?
ii. What are the different ways of e-learning education by university lecturers?
iii. What are the benefits of e-learning education by university lecturers?
iv. What are the challenges of e-learning education by university lecturers?
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This study is valuable because:
1. It will enlighten instructors, particularly those who see e-learning as a negative rather than a positive influence on their teaching, on the potential and advantages inherent in e-learning.
2. It will educate the general public on the importance of incorporating e-learning into our educational system; parents will see the need to provide their children with the necessary tools to enhance e-learning, while school administrators will see the purchase of e-learning technologies as an investment rather than a loss.
3. E-learning is centered on the learner. As a result, its successful implementation will enable students to select information and tools that are suited for their diverse interests, needs, and skill levels.
4. This study will also enlighten instructors about the different benefits of the internet in education, such as the ability to transfer information across boundaries without physically being there. They have the ability to make knowledge available on a global scale.
5. It would provide curriculum planners with guidance on how to include e-learning into teacher education in Nigeria.
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study is focused on the impact of e-learning on lecturers education. Specifically, this study is focused on determining the extent of e-learning education by university lecturers and examining the different ways of e-learning education by university lecturers.
It is further focused on finding out the benefits of e-learning education by university lecturers and finding out the challenges of e-learning education by university lecturers.
Selected lecturers from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma will be the respondents of this study.
1.7 LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
As with any human endeavor, the researcher experienced small impediments while performing the study. Due to the scarcity of literature on the subject as a result of the discourse's nature, the researcher incurred additional financial expenses and spent additional time sourcing for relevant materials, literature, or information, as well as during the data collection process, which is why the researcher chose a small sample size. Additionally, the researcher conducted this inquiry in conjunction with other scholarly pursuits. Additionally, because only a small number of respondents were chosen to complete the research instrument, the results cannot be applied to other secondary schools outside the state. Regardless of the limits faced throughout the investigation, all aspects were reduced to ensure the best outcomes and the most productive research.
1.8 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Impact: A marked effect or influence.
E-learning: Learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the internet.
Lecturers: A person who gives lectures, especially as an occupation at a university or college of higher education.
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