The Paperless Classroom: Views of The University of Ilorin Undergraduate Students

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Department of Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin.


Technology proliferation rate in the 21st century has affected the way everything is done with a ripple effect on the methods of teaching delivery in university education. Regrettably, most universities in Africa are yet to join the bandwagon because they are still embracing the basic and medieval methods that developed countries are trying so hard to leave behind. Paperless classroom is the future trend and to make it a reality in Nigeria, students play a pivotal role. This study addressed the perception and attitude of students on the adoption of a paperless classroom in the University of Ilorin. Five research hypotheses were developed based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). Using stratified and purposive sampling methods, 100 respondents were sampled and a 21 item questionnaire was administered to collect data. Results showed that perceived ease of use and attitude are strong predictors of behavioral intention to adopt paperless classroom. Contrary to findings from other studies, perceived usefulness was discovered to have no significant influence on the respondents’ attitude towards using paperless classroom. Finance, challenges of electricity supply and complexities in the implementation were revealed as factors that can constitute challenge to the implementation of paperless classroom. The study concludes that the university administration must ensure that the views and specifications of the students are actively sought, carefully considered and meticulously included in the planning and implementation processes of a paperless classroom.



Perception, BehBehavioural intention, Attitude, Paperless Classroom