n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Mobile phone access and use among students at the National University of Technology (NUST) Bulawayo, Zimbabwe : implications for academic integrity

Volume 2013, Issue 46
  • ISSN : 1025-8892



This article is based on a study that investigated the extent of mobile phone access and use in support of information sharing among students at the National University of Science and Technology and implications for academic integrity. Through a survey questionnaire the study collected data from 495 undergraduate and postgraduate students who were randomly sampled in the Faculty of Communication and Information Science. Data were analysed using SPSS version 18. The results indicate that mobile phone access and use among students are increasing for the purpose of sharing information to support their studies. However, the lack of policy on the use of mobile phones to support academic work has not helped to leverage mobiles for education purposes in the University. Besides, mobile phones are sometimes used for academic dishonesty such as cheating in examinations. This study has implications for learning, bridging the digital divide and ethical misconduct among students not only in Zimbabwean universities but within the South African region.

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