Effects of utilization of e-learning on academic staff performance among selected tertiary institutions in Benue State, Nigeria.

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume V, Issue IX, September 2021 | ISSN 2454–6186

Effects of utilization of e-learning on academic staff performance among selected tertiary institutions in Benue State, Nigeria.

Uta-Ater, M.T., Nwigwe C.N. and Onwe S.O.
Department of Public Administration, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.

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ABSTRACT
This study was conducted in three Universities to determine the effects of e-learning status on academic staff performance amongst selected tertiary institutions in Benue State. These were purposively restricted to degree awarding institutions in the State to achieve uniformity in subjects responses. Total number of respondents selected using random selection were 263. The population of this study embraced the entire 692, 420 and 205 teaching Staff of Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State University and University of Mkar respectively from the rank of Assistant lecturer to that of professor. Data for the study were collected from primary sources through the aid of a structured questionnaire. Using multi stage sampling technique; aproportion of 20% from each University was selected giving 138, 84 and 41 academic staff for Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State University and University of Mkar respectively to give a total sample of 263 respondents. The study found that, though the utilization of e-learning enhances academic staff performance it’s very much depends on the staff computer literacy, competence, self interest and available logistics’ in the institutions. The study’s findings imply that e-learning as a strategy for enhancing academic performance needs to be given attention in infrastructures, logistics, improvement in funding and capacity building of staff from its present low status through policies.

Key Words: E-learning, Utilization, performance, institutions

Introduction

Information Communication Technology (ICT) constitutes indispensable machinery as well as the focus for sustainable modern universal information system today as opined by earlier authors like (Webb, Barker and Schalk, 2004and Kozma 2005). In addition, the authors further explained that (ICT) has succeeded in creating societies, communities and the world in general that is always easily informed, thus constituting a good knowledge economy in societies, countries and nations. Also the emergence of such communities and societies is ever on the increase. Above all, networks proliferation, access to (ICT) system, rapid advances in web technology and the internet services like E-learning attest to the rapid growth phenomena [Karaali, Little and Calisir, 2011].E-learning generally embraces learning methods that utilize electronic instructional content and delivered through internet. The use of E-learning connotes