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Information Communication Technology (ICT) application in academics and research has come to stay. While the developed world has not only embraced ICT in academics, they have gone ahead to make teaching and learning far more simpler, on the other hand most of the developed world is still grappling with the provision of basic amenities to its citizens that the idea of ICT appears farfetched and elitist. This study was carried out to assess how student perception, knowledge and area of specialization influenced ICT utilization for academic purposes in College of Health Technology, Calabar. To achieve the objective of the study, three hypotheses were raised and tested at a 0.05 level of significance. Structured questionnaires were administered randomly to a sample of 390 students drawn from all the Departments of the College. The findings of the study revealed among other things that; from hypothesis one, there was no significant influence of student perception on the use of ICT for academic purposes (P > 0.05); from hypothesis two; student knowledge of ICT did not significantly influence the utilization of ICT for academic purposes (P > 0.05) and hypothesis three revealed that area of specialization significantly influenced utilization of ICT for academic purposes (P > 0.05). Therefore, the use of ICT for teaching and learning and the greater awareness of benefits of ICT use in academics is recommended.
Key words: Assessment, student perception, knowledge, area of specialization, ICT utilization in College of Health Technology.
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