Nature and Extent of ICT Usage in Educational Institutes: An Empirical Study

Gyan Management Journal
Year: 2017(Jan-Jun), Volume: (11), Issue. (1)
First page: (108) Last page: (120)
Online ISSN: A/F
Print ISSN: 2250-348X
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Nature and Extent of ICT Usage in Educational Institutes: An Empirical Study
Dr. Anu Sahi

1Assistant Professor, Management Studies, Apeejay Institute of Management Technical Campus, Jalandhar

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Received:
12 Feb 2017

Accepted:
17 Apr 2017

Online Published:
14 Jun 2017

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ABSTRACT

The objective of this paper was to examine the faculty preferences towards various ICT tools in educational institutes of Northern India comprising majorly the state of Punjab. It specifically aimed to explore the nature and extent of usage of ICT along with factors influencing the usage of ICT among teachers and measuring the impact of usage of ICT on teaching. Primary data had been collected from two hundred teachers of Punjab through the use of a well-structured questionnaire. Data collected had been analyzed through percentages and cross tabulation, ANOVA, and independent sample t-test and Factor analysis has also been used meticulously. The results of the study indicated that teachers in the study found to be fairly using ICT. Teachers have been quite comfortable with usage of computers and their major preferences for ICT tools include multimedia computers, projectors, and MS-office. The teachers surveyed were majorly using ICT for administrative purposes or for preparation of resource materials. Though majority teachers were comfortable with usage of various software’s and other ICT tools, yet all of them agree to one thing, that ICT helped them to reduce workload only in terms of administrative work, but has not proved to be rewarding in academic tasks and related rewards like salary increase or promotion. This puts a question mark on the usage of ICT as, if processes have been made easier with ICT, the resulting productivity should be rewarded. 

Keywords

 ICT, Educational Institutes, Computers, Softwares, Northern India, Punjab.