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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 10, No. 4 (2014) open journal systems 


Agro-students’ appraisal of online registration of academic courses in the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria

Okanlade Adesokan Lawal-Adebowale, Federal University of Agriculture, Ogun State, Nigeria
Olalekan Oyekunle, Federal University of Agriculture, Ogun State, Nigeria


Abstract
With integration of information technology tool for academic course registration in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, the study assessed the agro-students’ appraisal of the online tool for course registration. A simple random sampling technique was used to select 325 agro-students; and validated and reliable questionnaire was used for collection of data on the study objectives. Results of the analysis data showed that the use of online registration tool was appraised valuable for convenient course for registration (× ̅ = 4.47; SD = 0.682), reduction of attendant stress/rigour of manual course registration (× ̅ = 4.59; SD = 0.573), guaranteed eligibility to write examination on registered courses (× ̅ = 4.06; SD = 0.992) and creation of database for students’ record of registered courses (× ̅ = 4.03; SD = 0.993). The Spearman’s rho correlation analysis of the study hypothesis showed a significant and positive association between the agro-students’ appraisal of online registration of academic courses and their academic performance (r = 0.155, p < 0.05); educational background (r = 0.128, p < 0.05); mode of entry into FUNAAB (r = 0.127, p < 0.05). The linear regression analysis showed that the students’ appraisal of the online tool for registration of courses was significantly determined by their frequency of usage of the eduportal (β = 2.185, p < 0.01). It was thus concluded that online registration of academic courses in FUNAAB is a worthwhile development, and recommended that it should be sustained; and the students should be well trained on usage of the eduportal in order to develop skilful and efficient use of the online tool for registration of their academic courses.


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