Educational Challenges and Prospects of Using Internet among Library and Information Science Students of Delta State University, Abraka and Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma in Nigeria
Odede Israel and Enakerakpo Edesiri
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
The aim of this study is to analyze the educational challenges and prospects of using internet among library and information science students. From the population, 238 undergraduates in the Department of Library and Information Science, Delta State University, Abraka, and Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma were selected randomly as sample size for the study. A well structured questionnaire was distributed among the 238 undergraduates. The population for this study is 1190. This consists of all full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Library and Information Science, Delta State University Abraka and Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma. This study employed descriptive statistics such as percentages and frequencies as well as mean to analyze the data. The study reveals that the undergraduates use the internet to access a wide range of information resources, to search for specific information as well as to complement a lecture and gain more knowledge. Responses from the undergraduates also show that slow internet access speed, erratic power supply and too long time to view/download web pages are the major problems encountered by them while using the internet. Therefore, it is recommended among other things that these challenges can be over come through different mechanism such as the purchase of upgraded version of modem by undergraduates which will help to overcome the problem of slow internet access speed.