Pattern of Smartphones Utilisation among Engineering Undergraduates

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Muliati Sedek (2014)
  • Publisher: Science Park Research Organization and Counselling LTD
  • Journal: World Journal on Educational Technology (issn: 1309-1506, eissn: 1309-0348)
  • Subject: Special aspects of education | Education | utilisation patterns | engineering students | smartphones | L | NETS.S. | LC8-6691
    acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION

The smartphones ownership among the undergraduates in Malaysia was recorded as high. However, little was known about its utilization patterns, thus, the focus of this research was to determine the utilisation patterns of smartphones based on the National Education Technology Standard for Students (NETS.S) among engineering undergraduates in Malaysia. This study was based on a quantitative research and the population comprised undergraduates from four Malaysian Technical Universities. A total of 400 questionnaires were analyzed. Based on the results, the undergraduates’ utilisation level of smartphones for communication and collaboration tool was at a high level. Meanwhile, utilisation for operations and concepts tool and research and information fluency tool were at moderate level. Finally, smartphones utilisation as digital citizenship tool and critical thinking, problem solving and creativity tool were both at a low level. Hence, more training and workshops should be given to the students in order to encourage them to fully utilise smartphones in enhancing the higher order thinking skills.
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