ASSESSMENT OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES’ PREPAREDNESS ON THE USE OF ONLINE TEACHING MODE IN THE ERA OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A CASE STUDY.

Asso. Prof. Cornelius A. Ukwueze (PhD), Jane Chinyere Adama

Abstract


The COVID-19 which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, (WHO) on March 12, 2020 has led to a global death rate of over 2.3 million as at 15th February 2021(WHO,2021). This led to different levels of Lock-down measures leading to the closure of Universities and other educational institutions in the country. The attempts by universities to keep afloat during the closure led to a "new normal" in pedagogy which is online mode of teaching and learning. The problem then became how prepared infrastructure-wise these Nigerian universities are to engage in this mode. This study therefore has its general purpose to assess the level of availability and use of the facilities as well as the preparedness of the universities to engage in online teaching and learning. This study adopted a descriptive survey  approach. The measuring instrument was the questionnaire. The study areas were Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Imo state and Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu state to investigate the situations in federal and state Universities.  Data generated show that in the era of COVID- 19 lockdown, only a section of postgraduate students in Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) in a specialized programme were  involved in online teaching. At undergraduate level, in both institutions studied, there was no online teaching in the era of COVID- 19 lockdown as a result of lack of facilities and preparedness to actually adopt the new normal. 

Keywords


COVID-19, Lockdowns, Assessment, Preparedness, Online teaching

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