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FACULTY OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MARA

DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (IM110)
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION (IMD113) INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT : SUMMARY OF JOURNAL BY : NURSYAFIQAH BINTI AMIRUDDIN 2013432354 GROUP : JIM 110 1D PREPARED FOR : SIR AL-BAKRI BIN MOHAMMAD DATE OF SUBMISSION : 13 AUGUST 2013

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UNIVERSITY TEKNOLOGI MARA BRANCH SEGAMAT, JOHOR. FACULTY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ( IM 110 ) TITLE : SUMMARY OF JOURNAL STUDENT NAME : NURSYAFIQAH BINTI AMIRUDDIN MATRIX NUMBER : 2013432354 GROUP : JIM 110 1D SUBMIT DATE : 13 AUGUST 2013

UNDERGRADUATES’S USE OF INTERNET CAPABLE HANDHELD DEVICES AT BABCOCK UNIVERSITY, NIGERIA.

Internet capable handheld devices have in recent times become ubiquitous in Nigerian higher institutions of learning. The study found that the major activity by undergraduates was the use of social networking sites especially Facebook and Twitter. Other activity included checking of information such as news, instant messaging, and sending and receiving e-mails. This finding suggest that interactive communication tools such as social networking sites and instant messaging are shaping how undergraduates connect to the world and to each other. Connectivity, bandwidth and networking problems exist in many African countries. This has implication for the information technology (IT) policy in Nigeria and the need for improved infrastructure. It is particularly noteworthy that the students feel that lack and cost of useful applications, concerns about security, privacy and potential health risk did not in any way hinder their use of the internet from handheld devices. This reinforces the need for a review of Nigeria’s educational policy to reflect the adoption of emerging technologies as a valuable instructional delivery platform for educational services. It also has implication for library service delivery to undergraduates as they are better engaged via mobile devices. Higher education in Nigeria should consider the use of emerging information and communication technology in engaging undergraduates in academic work. Next, Nigerian institutions of higher learning should institute a well-planned program of instruction aimed at redirecting the energy and time of undergraduates towards an increased educational use of the internet from their handheld devices and investment in mobile internet infrastructure by government and stakeholders is advocated to stem recurring connectivity and network problems.