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

  • Daniel Koloseni
  • Zanifa Omary
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Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 251)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Learning Social Networks Mobile Devices Internet-enabled Student preparedness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Koloseni
    • 1
  • Zanifa Omary
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information Technology Faculty of Computing, Information System and MathematicsThe Institute of Finance ManagementDar es SalaamTanzania
  2. 2.School of ComputingDublin Institute of TechnologyDublinIreland

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