Youth Voice Journal (YVJ™) is the world's leading peer-reviewed journal publishing theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people and youth work. YVJ™ is published by RJ4All Publications and is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO and ERIH PLUS.
This study investigated the electronic information (e-information) seeking behaviour of pre-service teachers in an Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programme. E-library, E-classroom, E-journals and other E-Learning platforms are germane to meeting the demand of the 21st century teaching and learning engagement in both conventional and distance learning based institutions. Survey research design was employed to carry out the study. Two hundred and thirty eighty (238) undergraduate students studying to obtain Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) by distance were sampled from Ibadan Study Centre of the institution. The results from the survey revealed that electronic resources in different forms like radio, e-journals, e-books, and CD-ROM, among others, are available and accessible to the pre-service teacher trainees by distance. However, limited internet connectivity and inadequate access to electricity were shown as major factors constraining most of the respondents from accessing and utilizing the available electronic resources. The study further revealed that most of the pre-service teacher trainees sampled did not have sufficient I.T. knowledge and competence in accessing the available electronic resources and prefer contracting most of their online assignments out to cybercafé operators and peers with better IT skills. The study, therefore, recommended, among others, compulsory face-to-face ICT training on the techniques of accessing and using electronic resources for first year students undergoing initial teacher education programme by distance for them to acquire necessary skills and competencies required to access and use electronic resources.
Keywords: E-information, E-Learning, ICT, Pre-Service Teachers, ODL, Africa