Understanding learners’ type and their preferences towards the utilization of web 2.0 to improve teaching and learning in tertiary institutions in Nigeria
Utilization of web 2.0 to improve teaching and learning in tertiary institutions in Nigeria
Learners have their dominant intelligence which gave rise to the different learning styles, a dominant mode of information reception, processing, and storage. The study will determine the extent each learner group perceives the use of Facebook for learning as useful and easy to use. 213 students purposively sampled from five departments which participated in an e-learning initiative of a federal university in Southeastern Nigeria constitute the study sample. The study adopted a survey design. Barsch Learning-Style Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) were used to collect data for learner profiling, while a TAM questionnaire was used to measure learners’ perceived usefulness, ease of use and behavioral intention to use Facebook as a learning tool. Findings from the study showed that there were more visual leaners among the study sample than other learner groups. Also, all learners irrespective of the learning style agreed that Facebook was useful and equally agree to have the intention to adopt it as a potential learning tool. It recommended that as web 2.0 technologies are being increasingly adopted and adapted for educational purposes, learners should be profiled according to the learning styles to determine which learner group would benefit most from a particular technology.
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