DigitalResourcesUtilization among academic staffs in Ethiopian First Generation Universities

Executive Summary

Background:Traditional system of accessing information in universities is gradually giving way to digital system, where users only require a computer connected to the Internet to access vast Digital systems.The growing awareness and use of electronic information in higher institutions of learning among academic staff has engaged researchers in recent times.  Similarly, universities are spending gigantic amount of budget for the purpose of e-university development including resources digitization.

Rationale of the study: Before spending huge amount of money for further investment on resource digitization, studying and knowing the status and status of digital resources utilization and associated factors are very important to get data for further expansions on resources digitization in public universities.As per literature review, Studies regarding to utilization of digital resource on academic staffs was unstudied.  This study will therefore conduct to fill this gap by knowing the present utilization of digital resources among academic staffs in case of Ethiopian first generation Universities. 

Objective:The objective of this study is to assess status of Digital resources utilization and associated factors among academic staffs in Ethiopian First Generation Universities.

Method:An institution based quantitative cross-sectional study will conduct. The study will conduct in all Ethiopian first generation Public universities.Convenience sampling technique will apply. The Data collection will conduct using pre-tested and self-administered questionnaire. Data collection will run for 50 days from November1, 2019 to December 20, 2019. Twenty data collectors will participate in the data collection process and the investigators will make the supervision. The data will insert in to EPI INFO   and then transferred to SPSS for further analysis. .

Expected outcome: The status of Digital resources utilization will estimate; factors that hinder digital resources utilization will explored; finally, the possible solutions to overcome the problem of   digital resources utilization will recommended.

Work plan and budget:the study will conduct from September 2019 to April 2020 and a budget of ETB 616,688.1proposed reasonably.

Key terms:digital resources, digital resources utilization, academic staffs, Ethiopian first generation universities.

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Sisay Ebabye Tsigie is Investigator for this research

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