The Use of Social Media on Delivering Content to Enhance Learning in Higher Institutions
Jolayemi Blessing O.
• Since it was invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, the World Wide Web has been radically transformed, shifting from Information Repository to a more social environment where users are not only passive receivers or active harvesters of information, but also creators of content.
• Web-based technologies now encompass the socializing features of virtual spaces that have emerged as zones for information sharing, collaboration, and community formation and extension
• Social media, derived from the social software movement, are a collection of Internet websites, services, and practices that support collaboration, community building, participation, and sharing
• Social media are technologies that facilitate social interaction, make possible collaboration, and enable deliberation across stakeholders. These technologies now include blogs, wikis, media (audio, photo, video, text) sharing tools, networking platforms (including Facebook)
• According to the report from the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria, with a population of about 182million has over 86million internet users, 69 per cent of these Internet users are youths between age 18 and 35, it is therefore baffling that Nigerian universities have not been able to leverage on the popularity and effectiveness of the social media to deliver content to enhance learning in higher institutions
• It is important to note that, over the years, Nigerian Universities have not maximized the ever evolving social media to promote higher education by sharing information and building a lasting learning relationship with students
• It is quite obvious that the present education system and curriculum being used in Nigeria needs to be reviewed into an innovative curriculum so it can attend to the needs of the times-and produce more entrepreneurs.
• This presentation tries to examine and discuss the intrigues, challenges and benefits of the use of Social media to deliver content in Nigeria by reviewing the consciousness and willingness of Nigerian Universities.
• This paper also identifies the enabling factors and forecasts the future growth of E-learning in Nigeria
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