The internet facilities have shown to improve the confidence of students in research projects. This is because the internet has a way of providing all the necessary information one need whether social, economic, religion, academic and otherwise. This technology has reshaped the tertiary educational practice in terms of academic learning and research project.
The usage of the internet in higher institution have improved educational development and research and has encouraged virtual interactions for sharing research findings.
Like in any other higher institution of learning around the globe, Nigerian university undergraduate students are often required to conduct diverse research work as they progress through their final year. The qualities of a student's research and learning are largely dependent on the quality, quantity and current internet resources.
However, the rationale for internet utilization for academic and research purposes stems from the benefits derived, such as free access to online journals, magazines and other information resources. The use of the internet in the educational setting has enabled easy access to many resources and information sharing. It provides access to global sources of information and permitting researchers to discuss and share experiences as well as research findings which can be easily accessed by others. The internet facility which is widely used by students and educators has efficiently helped students to carry out substantial research work.
The internet has been described as the communication superhighway thet links, hooks, and transforms the entire world into a global village where a different individual can easily get in touch, see or speak to one another, as well as exchange information instantaneously form one point of the globe to another. It is also a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.
The advances in information technology and the development of computers have affected student approaches to research and learning in the contemporary higher educational settings. Studies have shown that technology is one of the key modifiers of human behaviour and this has now become a norm for social interactions.
The Internet is a global network of billions of computers and other electronic devices. With the Internet, it's possible to access almost any information, communicate with anyone else in the world, and do much more.
The benefits of internet facilities utilization
- · It broadens ones horizon.
- It enlightens one’s scope by divulging global information.
- The novelty of workers with a computer raises the students’ motivation.
- Linking new learning in other institutions of the world.
- Bridging communication gap between developed and developing countries.
- Research mark made easy.
- Assist students to be computer liberates.
The most effective communication resources, computers and the Internet, are part of our daily life and have become one of the important tools in the education. The Internet helps transfer information between different points therefore this satiation makes the Internet a very powerful information system. People in different age groups and jobs, students and academicians who do scientific research and prepare projects prefer using the Internet because it is the easiest, fastest, and cheapest ways of accessing necessary information.
As a result of the information that can be accessed through the internet, it has become a veritable tool for research work. Students have come to build strong confidence on the internet in terms of their research project. Undergraduate students can easily get materials for research project. So it automatically gives them confidence with the knowing that they can get all or almost the materials they need for undergraduate research project.
The use of the Internet in the educational environment has enabled easy access to many resources, and information sharing has, therefore, significantly increased. Moreover, the prevalence of this sharing has brought additional benefits in that these resources can be used in any location and any time.
Students have come to build their confidence around the internet because of the information available and materials shared by other researchers as well.
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