The use of the Close User Group (CUG) for tutorial delivery and student support services among teachers in Nigeria
The adoption of technology enhanced teaching among teachers in secondary and tertiary institutions has progressed at snail speed. The teaching profession, in spite of its immense contribution to human capital development is probably one of the least paid professions. It is therefore imperative to come up with the most appropriate technology to initiate teachers into understanding the benefits of ICT for teaching, learning and professional development. // The mobile phone is a ubiquitous technology whose potentials have not been fully exploited for use in technology enhanced teaching and learning, especially its capacity for audio conferencing using the close user group. It is the most appropriate technology that can be utilized by teachers in terms of being accessible, affordable and available. The Close User Group, CUG, is a community of teachers on a particular network which facilitates endless discussion 24/7 at zero cost. What is required is a token monthly subscription to remain on the network and teachers can enjoy maximum talk time, certain amount of free SMS and Data for browsing. Within a CUG, members can conduct audio tutorials, audio assessments, oral presentations for distance learning or spatially distributed student population. It can be used for monitoring and evaluation during exams and is particularly useful for language students and the visually handicapped. // The Close User Group, CUG is best used in education where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and facts consume a lot of time and money between teacher to teacher, teacher to students and teacher to administrators. With the CUG on the mobile phone, a teacher has the appropriate technology that saves time and money to engage in ICT based teaching and learning. // Paper ID: 342
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