Towards Using Social Networks and Internet-Enabled Mobile Devices for Learning: Students’ Preparedness

Koloseni, Daniel and Omary, Zanifa. (2011) Towards Using Social Networks and Internet-Enabled Mobile Devices for Learning: Students’ Preparedness. In: Informatics Engineering and Information Science. Communications in Computer and Information Science (251). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 13-21. ISBN 978-3-642-25326-3, 978-3-642-25327-0

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In this paper we investigate students’ preparedness towards using Social Networks and Internet-enabled mobile devices for learning and propose requirements that need to be met before higher learning institutions can embrace these two technologies for learning. To achieve this we conducted a survey in higher learning institutions in Tanzania. We looked at students’ possession of Internet-enabled mobile devices, affordability of the Internet, level of competency and experience in operating mobile devices and using Social Networks. We also assessed time that students spend on social networking sites. In conclusion, the survey reveals that students in higher learning institutions are almost ready in terms of infrastructure, experience, and competence needed for operating mobile devices for learning, hence making these tools appropriate to be used as supplementary pedagogical tools for learning.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Algorithm Analysis and Problem Complexity; Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics); Computer Communication Networks; Database Management; Information Storage and Retrieval; Information Systems Applications (incl. Internet); Internet-enabled; Learning; Mobile Devices; Social Networks; Student preparedness
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