Framework for enhancing students’ smartphone learning ability: a case study of Nigerian public Universities

Esechie, Godswill Ejeohiolei and Ohueri, Chukwuka Christian and Siti Zanariah, Ahmad Ishak and Nwanesi, Peter Karubi (2021) Framework for enhancing students’ smartphone learning ability: a case study of Nigerian public Universities. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 19 (4). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1477-996X

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Purpose The importance of smartphones in enhancing students learning, research and development is well-established in many published studies. Nevertheless, due to numerous challenges, Nigerian students are yet to reap from the benefits of smartphones in terms of accessing vital information for learning and development. Therefore, this study aims to develop a framework that will enhance Nigerian students’ ability to use smartphones for learning. Design/methodology/approach The SERVQUAL Theory Framework is adapted to actualize the research aim. Moreover, a qualitative (in-depth interview) research approach was used to interview 60 students from 3 public universities in Nigeria. Purposive sampling technique was used to select the interviewees, and the interview data were analysed using thematic content analysis. Findings The findings identified the critical constraints that deter Nigerian students from reaping the full potential of smartphones for learning. The constraints are categorized into three groups which include telecommunication companies’ hiccups, such as high cost of internet, poor network services and coverage; government obstacles, such as high tax policies, insufficient electricity supply and lack of basic infrastructure; and university barriers, such as unavailability of Wi-Fi connection for students, lack of equipped university libraries and poor management. Originality/value Thus, a holistic Framework for Enhancing Students Smartphones Learning Ability was established to provide fundamental recommendations to the Nigerian Government, telecommunication companies in Nigeria and Nigerian universities to tackle the pressing issues hindering Nigerian students from using their smartphones for learning. This will enhance the smartphone learning experience of Nigerian students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication technologies, Mobile learning, Computer-mediated communication,E-Learning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2022 07:41
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 07:41

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