IMPACT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND DEVELOPMENT OF LECTURERS’ E-LEARNING EXPERIENCES:A GUIDE TO EDUCATIONAL MANAGERS

Ogogor, Tochukwu Ngozi PhD
Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic, lecturers and e-learning.
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2020 6(1), 39-47. Published: March 10, 2023


Abstract

The importance of e-learning was already being emphasized in tertiary institutions in Nigeria before the emergence of COVID-19. However, not much attention is paid by lecturers in practically exploring the components of e-learning until the outbreak of the COVID-19 which made it mandatory for lecturers to seek avenue to disseminate information and knowledge to students in keeping with the compulsory social distancing. The study therefore assessed the extent of the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the development of lecturers? e-learning experiences using lecturers of tertiary institutions in Delta State as respondents. Three research questions guided the study. The study employed descriptive survey design. Population of the study comprised of three thousand, two hundred and thirty-two (3,232) lecturers of various faculties and departments in the eleven (11) higher institutions, made up of three (3) universities, four (4) polytechnics and four (4) colleges of education in Delta state. Sample size of this study constituted three hundred and twenty-three (323) lecturers representing 10% of the entire population using proportionate stratified random sampling technique. A twenty (20) items questionnaire titled: COVID-19 and Lecturers? e-learning development “CLED” was used for data collection. Both validity and reliability of the research instrument were established. Three hundred and five (305) questionnaires were retrieved and analyzed using mean scores rated at 2.50 and above as the benchmark for acceptance. The findings included that COVID-19 merely sensitized and awakened the interest of lecturers in e-learning but revealed that most lecturers? usage of many applications of e-learning is still to a low extent and lecturers still face many challenges in developing their e-learning.The study therefore recommended among other things that; Educational planners and managers should endeavour to provide all the needed facilities to quail the challenges of e-learning by lecturers who would also need to attend workshops in e-learning and hold online lectures with students to improve themselves.