Abstract

The current study evaluated the usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills and competencies among college teachers. Additionally, it measured the association of ICT avenues, facilities and barriers of ICT skills and competencies. Furthermore, it explored the effects of socio-demographic characteristics on ICT skills and competencies of college academics. For this purpose, data were collected (N=304) from college faculty recently (during July-September, 2015) teaching at public sector colleges of the province Punjab, Pakistan. A self-structured questionnaire was constructed to elicit the usage of ICT skills of college teachers. This self-structured questionnaire was distributed among all faculty members of different colleges through ministerial staff working in those colleges. Factor analysis and reliability analysis were run to ensure reliability, validity and robustness of the scales for the current study after the data collection. Results revealed that self-study, consultation with colleagues, friends and relatives, and trial and error basis were the vital learning avenues of ICT. Shortfall of electricity, lack of time due to other academic activities and lack of incentives by management were the pivotal predictors of leaning obstacles of ICT. Designation, gender, and age, facilities of ICT, learning avenues of ICT and learning obstacles of ICT were significant with ICT skills and competencies among college teachers.