ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR INTEGRATION OF ELECTRONIC LEARNING INTO BUSINESS EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN EBONYI STATE NIGERIA
The study was conducted to assess readiness for integration of electronic learning into business education programmes in tertiary institutions in Ebonyi State. Four specific objectives and corresponding research questions provided guide for the study. Four hypotheses were tested in the study. The population was 37 business education lecturers and 748 Business Education Students in three tertiary institutions that offer Business Education programmes. All the business education lecturers and 486 Business Education students were used. This gave a sample size of 524. The instrument for data collection was a questionnaire titled “Integrating e-learning into Business Education Programs (IEBEP)”, which consists of 90 literature-based items meant to elicit information from the respondents. The reliability of the instrument was ensured by trial-testing it in university of Nigeria Nsukka and data collected were subjected to Cronbach alpha reliability computation. An overall reliability co-efficient index of 0.98 was obtained. A total of 524 copies of the instrument were administered to the respondents but 522 were correctly filled and returned. Mean, standard deviation and t-test statistical techniques were used to analyze the data that emerged from the study and the hypotheses tested at 0.05 alpha level. Results from the data analyzed showed that: Business Education lecturers possess skills necessary for integration of e-learning, most computer equipment needed for integration of e-learning are available in business education departments, most computer networks are lacking in business education department and available computer resources are used in business education department. The finding also revealed among others that there is significant difference in the use of computer resources in business education departments by students and lecturers and there is no significant difference on computer skills possessed by business education lecturers based on their gender. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended, among others, that business education lecturers should be trained and retrained on emerging computer skills especially on the areas of uploading and securing data and government should upgrade computer resources in Business Education departments.