Educational Technology in Nigeria Universities: Statues Quo and Visions for the Future
AbstractThe paper looked at various definitions of Educational Technology (ET) but defined the acceptable one. ET was seen as the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological process and resources. The four key elements inherent in the meaning were highlighted. The objectives of ET at both Macro and Micro levels, the relevance and the uses of ET were also discussed. The paper also looked at the statuesque of teaching and learning and revealed that teacher – centred method of instruction was still in use. It was therefore advocated strongly that learner-centred method which emphasis the of modern technologies for instructional delivery by integrated into teaching to enable the beneficiaries function effectively in the new world economy. The implications of these trends showed the clear visions of the future of ET which were also discussed. The ideals of ET in the future were x-rayed and their implications discussed. This process of change will further imply that education will become a lifelong process, important and accessible to all, and Nigerian universities will become centres of learning in not just for students, but for all members of the community. The paper concludes that we see a future that is enabling by educational technologies in Nigerian universities. The suggestion was therefore made that in order to achieve the visions of ET, the university learning environment has to be reviewed and improved. Otherwise, the status quo remains.
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