Technologies for Instruction as Innovative Strategies in Higher Education: a Nigeria Perspective

Abstract:

This paper examined the use of technologies for instruction as innovative strategies in higher education from a Nigerian perspective. Changes in learning often come about when the current practices are challenged, making a search for a more efficient way of achieving educational objectives inevitable. The global educational standards require innovations in the development of the educational system as a whole in the developing countries. This research portrayed technologies for instruction as the specific teaching – learning patterns that serve reliably as templates for achieving demonstrably effective learning. It is the application of modern tools, technical knowledge and methods as a unit for achieving a common goal. Higher education in most African/developing countries is currently going through its most challenging and depressive situation due to an unprecedented high demand of youths for admission into tertiary institutions; lack of funding which is reported to be below UNESCO recommendation; etc. Since it has been shown that technologies for instruction have been used by the developed countries over the years to address and overcome instructional challenges at all levels of their educational system, it was recommended that teachers and learners should be computer literate, government and other stake holders in the education sector should encourage teachers to be exposed to the various technologies for instruction through workshops, seminars, training and retraining.