International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability
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International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability (5 papers in press)
The Readiness of Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria Towards the Implementation of E-learning by Auwal Garba, Musa Abu Tomma Abstract: The paradigm shift from a traditional system of education to e-learning is gaining acceptance worldwide. Thus, the appraisal of its worthiness becomes vital for practical application as an instrument for different environments. This current study examined the institutions preparedness and perceptions for the effect of electronic learning in institutions of higher education. The descriptive-analytical method was used in addition to the case study method. A survey was conducted to describe and analyse electronic learning components and how ready are the stakeholders and institutions regarding usage, culture, and understanding. A questionnaire was distributed to a sample purposively selected from students of higher education institutes in the state of Gombe in Nigeria, where the sample size was 193 students. The findings show students' high acceptance and believe that e-learning would positively improve the experience in learning. Hence, e-learning may ultimately benefit students to build confidence in enchanting their knowledge by becoming independent learners. Keywords: E-learning; Readiness; Higher Institution; Nigeria.
Internal Marketing Practices in Higher Education: An evaluation of employees perception by Andy Fred Wali, Emmanuel A. Amangala, Emmanuel Nwokah, Obabuike Ikeni Nkpurukwe Abstract: This study aims to understand employees perception of internal marketing practices in selected public universities. The interpretive paradigm and specifically the social constructive face to face and email interview strategies was chosen for this paper for the purpose of understanding the diverse perception and shared experiences of employees about this internal marketing practices and how it influences their commitment to work. Our population are teaching and non-teaching staff in these institutions and our unit of discussants was non-teaching staff of senior cadre and teaching staff between the ranks of assistant lecturers and senior lecturers. Purposive sampling strategy was employed with strict ethical procedures to recruit participants. We conducted 2 streams of interviews: the first stream was single face to face interview with each of the 25 participants from both categories and after 2weeks we sent the same set of questions that were asked during the face to face interviews to all 25 participants via email and we received replies within 3weeks from participants. Categorical thematic template analysis was used to analyse participants opinions and NVivo 11 software was engaged for categorising, weighting and comparing the study themes. Findings show that internal marketing practices were perceived differently in the case University and four key themes: religious affiliation, staff placement, ethnicity nepotism and internal politics shows influences on Internal Marketing (IM) practices within these universities. This study makes two key contributions in theory and practice. First it validates Psychological Contract Theory (PCT) as this study reveals that PCT supports fair distribution of reward and responsibilities amongst employees, but its application must take in to cognizance contextual influences like ethnic nepotism, religious affiliation and internal politics within this theoretical scope. Second in practice because the studys emerging themes provides strong basis for effective implementation of IM practices and positive management of employees commitment to work. Keywords: Internal marketing practices; employees’ commitment; Qualitative paradigm; NVivo 11; Public University; Nigeria.
Enabling Students To Face The Environmental Crisis and Climate Change With Resilience: Inclusive Environmental And Sustainability Education Approaches And Strategies For Coping With Eco-Anxiety by Laura Sims, Rhéa Rocque, Marie-Élaine Desmarais Abstract: As university educators, we should educate students to be able to address the challenges presented by the environmental crisis and climate change by being responsible eco-citizens, and creative, solution-oriented thinkers. We have a responsibility to create inclusive environmental and sustainability educational (ESE) approaches that are enabling, emotionally supportive, engaging, and praxis-oriented. Herein we describe ESE approaches that are considered beneficial and provide specific strategies to cope with eco-anxiety, to help students develop emotional resilience in the face of this crisis. We then explore aspects that are mutually complementary between inclusive ESE and the proposed coping strategies for eco-anxiety followed by a discussion on the implications for postsecondary teaching and learning. Keywords: Environmental and sustainability education; well-being; higher education; eco-anxiety; inclusive education.
The Need for a New Master’s Program of Applied Computer Science to Cope with Future Demands of the Industry: The Case of State of Kuwait by Aaron Rababaah, Ahmad Rabaa'i Abstract: This paper presents a local study in the state of Kuwait to investigate the need for a new Master Program in applied Computer Science. It is evident that science and technology are trending towards some high-interest areas including Machine Learning, Robotics, Information Security and Big Data. Bedsides government and industry, educational institutions are at the frontline of this revolution and they have the responsibility to lead the efforts in building reliable workforce for the future. Therefore, we have completed a comprehensive study to investigate the need for a new Master’s program that fits the context of the aforementioned situation. The new program is called Master of Applied Computer Science – MACS. The program is proposed to offer three tracks that best utilize the needed expertise and align with the current and future demands of the domestic market; these tracks are: Mobile Robotics, Information Security and Software Engineering. Three surveys for current students, alumni and employers were conducted and analyzed and their findings were discussed in this work. We are confident that Master programs developers in Kuwait will significantly benefit from this study to maximize their opportunities of success Keywords: Master’s program in applied computer science; market future needs of computing skills; Robotics track; Information security track; Software Engineering track; graduate programs in Kuwait.
Exploring the Utilization of Theoretical Basis in Existing Campus Sustainability Appraisal Tools by Yusuf A. Adenle, Edwin Chan Abstract: A theoretical perspective is key in the categorization, structuring, interpretation of methodological research findings, and explanation of campus sustainability studies. A comprehensive review of existing campus sustainability appraisal tools reveals limited utilization and non-specification of theoretical basis in driving campus design and appraisal for sustainability. The review also shows the absence of a theoretical basis for guiding assessment of higher education institutions' sustainability performance based on social media user-generated content. In addressing these research gaps, the authors extensively studied five main social theories that aim at the socialization and challenges of human societies. The outcome led to the adoption of symbolic interactionism as a theoretical basis for campus sustainability. A study was conducted to test for the applicability of the theoretical basis in campus planning and design for sustainability in Nigeria where the practice of sustainability in higher education is at a fledgeling stage. The result led to the identification of localized sustainability attributes and the development of an approach that could assist in advancing sustainability practices if integrated into existing campus sustainability assessment tools. Keywords: Higher Education Institutions; Twitter; Social Science Theories; Elastic Stack.