Mobile learning : perception of secondary school teachers in Nigeria to the use of mobile learning for capacity building

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Yakub, Olanrewaju
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MSc in Information Systems with Computing
Dublin Business School
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The blame on the state of the Nigerian education system has always been an issue of debate, with the most controversial part been the portion of blame to accord to which actor (students or teachers) or stake holder (authorities; public and private). Nevertheless, as discussed in Chapter 1, this study looked at a deeper analysis of events leading up to the current state of things in the education sector of Nigeria. It introduced the eLearning concept, in any attempt to use mobile learning technologies for capacity building for teachers, and ultimately to improve the quality of education in Nigeria. With factors (in Chapter 2) affecting successful implementation of ICT for schools in Nigeria, this research idea seems herculean. But findings of this research showed the narrowing gap between the digital literacy skills and effective phone usage among secondary school teachers, with an emerging pattern pointing at improved digital literacy skills of teachers, acquired perhaps, through the use of their mobile devices. Meanwhile, research findings (in chapter 4 - 6) showed that with the continued encroachment of Nokia’s phone market share by android based devices, the race for affordable mobile phone devices is rife. So much that competitors are aiming for bigger screens and better configuration, a race that evolved into the introduction of Phablets. Using teachers’ perception of electronic learning as measurement, this dissertation work (in chapter 3) demonstrated how an open source implementation of mobile learning for secondary school teachers can successfully improve teachers’ understanding of their subject areas, in Nigeria. While acknowledging the existence of better proprietary learning content management systems for schools in Africa, the artefact in this dissertation (in Chapters 4) was designed as an ecosystem to provide open sourced learning content that allows peer to peer interactions between and among educators and teachers alike. Author keywords: eLearning, Mobile Learning, Android Based Learning Management System