The Imperatives of Information and Communication Technology for Teachers in Nigeria Higher Education

Abstract:

The pace of change brought about by new technologies has had a significant effect on the way people live, work, and play worldwide. New and emerging technologies challenge the traditional process of teaching and learning, and the way education is managed. Information Technology (IT), while an important area of study in its own right, is having a major impact across all curriculum areas. Easy worldwide communication provides instant access to a vast array of data, challenge assimilation and assessment skills. Rapid communication, plus increased access to IT in the home, at work, and in educational establishments could mean that learning becomes a truly lifelong activity, an activity in which the pace of technological change forces constant evaluation of the teachinglearning process itself. In this paper issues related to the needs and imperatives of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related technologies to education and in particular teachers’ education are highlighted. The paper also advances some suggestions and/or recommendations for effective integration of ICT in the teachinglearning process, bearing in mind current problems mitigating against the implementation of ICT in the Nigerian education system.