Imperative of Information and Communication Technology in Tertiary Education
Keywords:Information, communication technology, tertiary education, electronic mail and computers
This study examined the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) in tertiary institutions. The meaning of information and communication technology was x-rayed. The concept of ICT and tertiary education was discussed with a breakdown of some of the imperatives of ICT in tertiary education. The study however revealed that ICT facilities were lacking in most of the tertiary institutions. The study also revealed the perceived benefits of ICT in tertiary education which include impacting learning more positively and permanently; enhancing teacher-student ability to communicate with one another unlike the conventional system of talking and chalking in a class room environment. Despite these benefits, the study also revealed some of the hindrances of ICT integration into tertiary education as; poor national telecommunication infrastructure, lack of enabling environment, including unsatisfactory performance of internet service providers; non reliability of electricity supply, inadequate and irregular funding of ICT institutions. The study went further to state modes of incorporating ICT into tertiary education. It was therefore concluded that the integration of ICT into our education system will engender the development of our tertiary institutions and that infrastructural requirements be provided. ICT should be viewed as a tool rather than as a process for managing and transforming the education system.
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