The paper evaluates these three promises with the sparse existing data and evidence and concludes that the reality has not been up to the promises so far in terms of pedagogic innovation, while it has already probably significantly improved the overall learning and teaching experience. Reflecting on the ways that would help develop e-learning further, it then identifies a few challenges and highlights open educational resource initiatives as an example of way forward.
Of the five operators, only two had knowledge of filtering systems. One of them indicated that they had a technical team in charge of their network and so there was a filtering system in place that blocked inappropriate content such as pornography from their networks.
One of the operators emphasized that as a rule their role is to provide the service and not to meddle in the private affairs of their patrons, including what they do on the Internet.
They worked as traders, farmers, and commercial drivers, vocations implying that the respondents come from poor backgrounds. This is not surprising, since most of the residents in the study location are low-skilled migrants. This is confirmed by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly AMAwhich has categorized the area as low income and non-indigenous.
Social media is now a common media platform for youth around the world, including participants of this study. This popularity can be ascribed to the many benefits, or uses and gratifications, that youth derive from it, such as building friendships and communicating with friends both offline and online, entertaining themselves, building their own content, and exploring their self-identities.
For these young people from poor backgrounds with limited opportunities at home, social media offers an opportunity for personal and educational advancement, and many try to take the best possible advantage of it. The popularity of social media use among the youth of the current study is consistent with the results of other studies.
This finding stands in contrast with those of a recent Pew Research Center analysis of 27 nationwide surveys on use of technology by the U.
In the past decade, those living in affluent or high-income households and those with a college education were consistently more likely to use social media than those with only a high school education or lower.
The preferred social media of the study participants were Facebook and WhatsApp. It is probable that participants are using these two media to stay connected with friends, since some study reports reveal that Facebook and WhatsApp are generally popular among young people.
For example, Madden et al. This may be ascribed to the fact that WhatsApp is readily accessible from mobile phones without any log-in information.
It also has call and messaging features, which are useful in communicating with friends and family members. In Ghana, using these features on WhatsApp is much cheaper than buying phone units to make calls or send text messages.
This is done to notify a contact to call back.
The participants in the study may be using WhatsApp more frequently than other SNS to take advantage of its free chat and call features.
The findings also reveal that 1. Students spending this much time on SNS will have less available time for schoolwork, which can affect their academic performance. A Ghanaian study of the effects of social media use on school performance reveals that prolonged use leads to reduced time spent on schoolwork and procrastination in completing assignments.
As the young people were from poor backgrounds, they may not have had access to computers at home.The emergence of ICTs represents high promises for the tertiary education sector (and, more broadly, the post-secondary education sector if one takes into account their impact on non-formal education).
the impact of ict on the job performance of workers in selected tertiary institutions in anambra state.
table of contents. title page i. Over the last decade, concerns have been raised about increases in the electricity used by information technologies, other consumer electronic devices, data centres, and to a much lesser degree, Internet distribution networks.
GovNext-ICT is a whole-of-government approach to ICT infrastructure that will support government agencies transform from individual ownership of ICT infrastructure to consumers of on-demand, consolidated services.
GAUGING THE IMPACT INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY(ICT) TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS Introduction Digital divide is the major constraint distinguished clearly between economically buoyant and underdeveloped economies.
Technological development must be included among the indices of development besides other . In the education sector, we have seen ICT having a huge impact in the schools and colleges curriculum by introducing it as a area of study. For example in Universities and tertiary colleges, KCA as an example, we see ICT as a field of study in different professional disciplines.