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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 10, No. 3 (2014) open journal systems 


Disposition of students to Online counselling: The Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigerian experience.

Olusegun Fatai Adebowale, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Abstract
An online guidance and counselling services was established at the Obafemi Awolowo University in December, 2010. This study was designed to examine the undergraduates’ disposition to the online counselling services after 24 months. It also investigated the prevalent disposition, dispositional types and distribution of students across the types. 1200 undergraduates of the University participated in the study comprising 900 students who made use of the site during the period and 300 students who were selected by proportionate stratified random sampling from the students’ hostels and two clusters off campus. The instruments for the study were the OAU online counsellors software purposefully developed for this study, an online feedback questionnaire and a self-constructed questionnaire. Data collected were analysed using simple percentages, RSI, ANOVA, Factor, cluster and discriminant analyses. The results showd that students were mostly (94.9%) favourably disposed to online counselling services in OAU, particularly in form of trust (44.4%), curiosity (31.9%) and enthusiasm (13.9%). Although, the students’ disposition was not affected by their age and level in the university, sex and their awareness of the weblink significantly influenced their disposition to online counselling.


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