The Impact of Mobile Technology in Education: A Focus on Business Information Systems at the International University of Management in Namibia

  • Zanele Mlotshwa
  • Apostolos (Paul) GiannakopoulosEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 160)


This paper is about implementing mobile technology to improve teaching and learning. Mobile technologies include laptops, smartphones, tablets, smart devices and PDAs. Research has shown that there appears to be some gains to both lecturer and students when mobile technology is incorporated into teaching-learning. Mobile technology can also be used by teachers as a tool to deliver lectures to students through recorded materials. The assumption is that all students possess a mobile device adhering to minimum standards be it their own or supplied by the institution. A study was conducted to establish the impact of such devices in the teaching and learning situation focusing on Business Information Systems at the International University of Management (IUM) in Namibia. Mixed methods research paradigm and the quasi- experimental method were used based on the positivistic philosophical approach. The results showed that use of mobile technology can have a positive effect on academic performance.


Mobile technology Education University Teaching Learning Mobile devices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zanele Mlotshwa
    • 1
  • Apostolos (Paul) Giannakopoulos
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of South AfricaRoodepoortSouth Africa

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