There is currently an academic debate among researchers regarding the influence of age and gender as factors influencing ICT utilisation generally among lecturers. This study was designed to contribute to this debate and open up new paths to areas that researchers have focused little or no attention. This study examined academic staff personal variables (gender, age, educational qualification and rank) and the utilisation of ICT resources for teaching, research, and records management in higher education. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The study’s population comprised of 9,604 academic staff at the University of Calabar. A total of 313 academic staff who were available in their offices during data collection responded to a questionnaire which was designed by the researchers. Major findings showed that the extent of academic staff utilisation of ICT for teaching, research, and records management is significantly low; staff educational qualification, rank, gender, and age significantly influences the utilisation of ICT for teaching, research and records management; the utilisation of ICT resources decreased with academic staff educational qualifications, rank and age; male lecturers are more competent in the use of ICT resources than female. It was concluded that academic staff personal variables play a significant role on the extent to which they utilise ICT resources for teaching, research and records management in higher education. This study creates a new path for prospective researches to focus on for innovation in education.
Francisca N. Odigwe, University of Calabar, Nigeria
Valentine Joseph Owan, University of Calabar, Nigeria
Stream: Higher education
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