oa Global Media Journal - African Edition - Instructional media in teaching and learning : a Nigerian perspective
The focus of this paper is to discuss the use of instructional media in teaching and learning from a Nigerian perspective. The problem with the use of instructional media has existed since the 1970s after the oil boom era. As soon as corruption and mismanagement of the oil resources became more serious, all other sectors including education were no longer properly funded or given the needed attention for national development. As a result, most lecturers and teachers in many Nigerian tertiary institutions now use the lecture method only in teaching their various courses. The use of this type of method as the sole teaching technique can lead to boredom in learners, lack of learner participation, noise factors that can cause communication breakdown during teaching, learners' mixing up of information, and lack of interest in or attention to the subject matter being taught. Some sources where lecturers can select instructional media for teaching their courses are identified and discussed. It is recommended that the Nigerian government should urgently assist teachers, especially at the tertiary level, in the procurement and use of instructional media through training and retraining, workshops, conferences, etc. in order to fit into the new scientific order of addressing the nation's educational problems.
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