In recent years, the Nigeria youths have embraced online interactions through social media, though for social interactions with least applications to teaching and learning. Some examination bodies in Nigeria have adopted digitalisation of examinations to select suitable enrolments to the university, but none of the higher institutions have commenced digitalisation of teaching and learning whereby instructional delivery and assessment would be carried out online and other digital devices. The current exploratory study, was carried out to determine the learners’ perspective of the benefits of digitalisation of teaching and learning. Qualitative data was generated from the students that had undergone a semester’s teaching were instructions were delivered through Group Facebook platform and the assessment was by Google forms. A total of 30 students participated for three months and at the end of the semester, the learners were given an open-ended survey question on the benefits they derived from the semester’s online teaching and learning. The data generated was analysed by Nvivo Qualitative research software. It was found that the learners derived the benefits of depth in knowledge, greater access to learning experience, greater internet skills and immediate assessment feedback. This exploratory study should serve as an eye opener for further studies and adoption of full scale digitalisation of teaching and learning in higher education in Nigeria.
James Omatule Oborah, Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Nigeria
Stream: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education
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