Study on Utilization of Web based Educational Resources among College Students of Union Territory of Lakshadweep
The transition of education 2.0 to education 3.0 necessitates more integration of advanced educational technology especially in higher education. The present study explores the access and utilization of latest internet resources among college students of Lakshadweep. A survey method is used for conducting the study. The population of the study is arts and science students who pursuing various courses in Calicut University center at Kadmat and Andrott, Union Territory of Lakshadweep. The sample selected for the study is 118 arts and science college students who are studying in Calicut University Center at Kadmat and Andrott in Lakshadweep. The objectives of the study was to find out the utilization of web resources like educational blogs and wiki resources, access to digital libraries, synchronous and asynchronous discussion and collaboration platforms, social media and m- learning resources among arts and science students. The tool for the study is Inventory for utilization of online educational resources which is developed by the researcher. It is a four point scale having 20 items and the range of the scoring of tool is 0-60. The tool assess the access and utilization level of college students regarding educational blogs and wiki resources, educational uses of the social media like Facebook, whatsapp and YouTube , access to online interactive classes, m-learning and general awareness regarding web resources for education. The statistical technique used for analyzing the data are, percentage, analysis, mean, standard deviation and t-test. It is found that 90% students greatly depended upon print materials than online learning resources. The access and utilization of online interactive classes are below 1% and only 22 % of students use social media like Facebook, Whatsapp, and YouTube etc. for educational purposes. It is found that there is significant statistical difference in getting access and utilization of web resources based on gender and stream of subject among college students in Lakshadweep. The study discusses in the light of findings, some needed educational policy frameworks to enhance the web technology mediated teaching and learning in Lakshadweep.
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