Utilisation of mobile phones for academic activities by Makerere University bachelor of library and information science (BLIS) students
The study was about Utilization of mobile phones for academic activities by Makerere university BLIS students. The purpose of the study was to explore and find out the possible impacts of mobile devices on the learning outcomes of students, especially the learning outcomes or effect on the academic performance of BLIS students. The objectives that guided the study included; To find out the use of mobile phones in classroom on academic performance amongst the BLIS students in Makerere University, to determine the different types of mobile phones used by the students, to find out reasons as to why students carry mobile devices to lectures in regard to academic activities, to find out the benefits of using mobile phones by BLIS students in regard to academic performance, to find out the impact of mobile applications on student Performance and students’ opinion on the use of mobile phones in regard to academic performance. The methods that were used in gathering new data included a descriptive research survey / design, use of sampling techniques and procedures, data collection methods, data collection instruments, data analysis, ethical considerations. Major findings and conclusions drawn included; the use of computing and communication devices in the classroom is a new trend in the education sector, and it is expected that it will not only improve students’ learning but also enhance teaching practices. Hence, it is essential to analyze the impact of mobile devices on students who use mobile devices in the classrooms. Numerous research papers suggest the positive outcomes of the use of mobile devices in teaching and learning environments. However, a thorough investigation of the use mobile phones in the classroom by University students has not yet been fully explored. Research on the impact of such smart devices on students’ engagement is required for efficient use of these devices in the classroom settings. This research explores and reports on the impact of mobile devices on the academic performance of first-year university students. The research found that the use of mobile phones and smart devices, including mobile phones used in the classroom for student learning and engagement ultimately affects the academic performance of the students in the end.