Stakeholdersâ€™ Perception of ICT Impact on Higher Education in Rivers State, Nigeria
Keywords:ICT, PERCEPTION, MANPOWER, HIGHR EDUCATION, QUALITY, NIGERIA
Most studies on ICT impact on tertiary education focused on students and lecturers and their academic works. This study took a wider perspective as an attempt to examine the perception of students, lecturers, administrative staff and employers of university graduates on a more holistic impact of ICT on Higher Education in Rivers State, Nigeria. Four research questions and one null hypothesis guided the study. A total sample of 300 respondents drawn from the target population of students, lecturers, administrative staff and employers of graduate were used.Â Instrumentation was through four different questionnaires, one for each group of stakeholders. Data analysis was through mean on item by item basis, and One-way analysis of variance. The findings indicated that ICT enhance academic and social activities on campus though can be a source of distraction, extra cost and social vices which mare goals of tertiary education. Administrative staff also found ICT useful but feared the possible negative impact of poor mobility and total loss of crucial information in case of loss or crash of a system. Employers of labor acknowledged more positive than negative impact of ICT on recent graduates. ICT was therefore recommended for use in tertiary institutions but with caution to guard against possible negative impacts.
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