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Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike Abia State, Nigeria.

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This study investigated utilization of electronic learning facilities among Agricultural students in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. One hundred and twenty (120) students undergoing training in different agricultural courses in the university were randomly selected. Data were collected with a structured questionnaire and analyzed with descriptive statistics such as frequency distribution, mean, percentages and inferential statistics (Probit regression analysis). The result reveals that majority (84.17%) of the respondents were competent in the use of internets, had low access ( = 1.89) to these electronic learning facilities and utilized them in on-line registration of courses ( =3.70), learning/ studying ( = 4.30), assignments ( = 3.30), seminar presentation ( =4.70), project writing and sending messages ( = 4.20) and receiving messages ( = 4.10). The probit estimates of the determinants of utilization of electronic leaning facilities among agricultural students of the university showed that coefficients of study habit, competency in computer application, aptitude and education were positive and significant at different levels of probability, while age was negative. Problems of poor network, power failure and preference of usage hindered the use of these electronic learning facilities by students of the university. The study therefore recommended adequate provision of electronic learning facilities in the university, training and cost reduction in the use of these facilities among students of the university.

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