Seeking Knowledge & Solutions.
The aim of research in the Centre is to examine the Information technology needs in the education space with application to public sector; and to develop digital software learning tools which will build digital capacity for learning, skill acquisition and research.
Specifically, the objectives of the research are to:
- Investigate digital simulation/animation learners’ needs for academic achievement.
- Design digital learner-centred software instructions for improving learners’ practical skills.
- Develop and utilize research digital software learning tools to curb cybercrimes.
The Centre utilises research strategies such as survey, experimental, intervention studies, qualitative and quantitative designs. The research strategies are selected based on three conditions: the type of questions, the control research has on behavioural events and focus on contemporary digital learning issues.
The resources needed by the Centre are software/virtual/electronic research laboratories, digital multimedia equipment and materials (computers, projectors, screen, camera etc.) software developers, and learning technologists in order to support research areas.
Specifically, the research will focus on:
- Gaps, needs assessment of digital capacity development, solutions, and policy issues in the education and public sectors.
- Effectiveness of green logistics information technology learning tools on students’ academic achievement in STEM related courses.
- Developing smart digital learning tools for science in Open and Distance Education.
- Impact of Cybercrime on Learners’ Academic Performance and Research Data Integrity.
- Enhancing postgraduate learners’ research skills using cloud computing learning tools.
The Centre utilises computer professionals at the Department of Computer Science, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Unit, Management Information System (MIS) Unit and educational researchers from the Faculty of Education. Beside these academics and researchers, the Centre also collaborate with other professionals and educational researchers in other universities in Nigeria and beyond. The graduate students in the Centre will be involved as research assistants, and in the process, acquire research skills. The University Management has marked office space for the research section of the Centre. It is anticipated that ICT facilities which are not presently available will be purchased when the funds are released by the World Bank. Our partners will be involved in the research process and development in the areas of learning software design, development and data collection from various universities. International research networks collaborators include: Open University, UK, the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE),University of West England, Bristol, African Virtual University, Nairobi, and African Council for Distance Education (ACDE).
Results Dissemination And Policy
The report of the studies will be published in national and international journals. Lecturers and Deans of Postgraduate Schools from various universities in Nigeria and West African sub-region will be invited by the Centre to a workshop to exhibit the digital software learning tools and how they work. Similarly, relevant bodies will be invited for the workshop. The complete learning tools will be achieved in electronic portfolio of the Centre. Patency and copy right protection will be placed on each of the digital software learning tools to protect the learning products from unauthorized usage. The revenue generation on research would be modelled on sales and training fees of digital software learning tools. The National Open University of Nigeria has research policy document that spells out ethics, data integrity and results dissemination.