Use Of M-learning application in promoting education access : Case of educational Administration and planning department, University of nairobi
Higher education teaching and learning have been shifted from traditional classrooms to technology-supported learning environment. In the University of Nairobi, department of Education Administration and Planning, there are various alternatives from the traditional method which include; evening, school based and e-learning programs. This however has not made the department reach on its target of annual enrollments to promote education access. This study assessed the use of m-learning application in promoting education access: case of the department of Educational Administration and Planning, University of Nairobi. The study was guided by the following objectives; To determine the extent to which social media chatting platform is being used, to examine how social media page discussion is being used and to assess the extent to which Short Messaging Service (SMS) texting is being used to promote education access in the department of Educational Administration and Planning in the University of Nairobi. The study employed case study as the research design and is built on demand theory. The target population for this study was master of education students in the department. The study used simple random sampling and purposive sampling. This study used questionnaires, interview schedules and observation schedules for students as tools of data collection. Descriptive statistics were used and data analysis and results presented using frequency tables, bar graphs, percentages and pie charts. The study concluded that all the students admitted in the masters program possessed a mobile device with majority using SMS texting service, internet and more specifically social media sites and emails. On the first objective, the study revealed that to a very large extent social media chatting platform is being used to promote education access in the department. Majority of the students in the department use facebook chart, twitter handle, gtalk and yahoo messenger applications in their mobile devices. On the second objective, the study found out that there is an extensive use of social media page discussions to promote education access in the department. Majority of the students use facebook page, blogs, you tube and emails frequently generally and for educational purposes. On the third objective, the study concluded that to a very large extent, the students in the department use SMS texting service. This demonstrates that M-learning application is being used to a large extent in the department as a blended way of instruction hence accounting for the current enrollments to some extent. This is why the study recommended that the department should launch M-learning mode of instruction to encourage more enrollments and also consider a blended mode with E-learning application that has not done any enrollments.