Ikenwe et al
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 7(4), pp. 061-069, June 2017
Manuscript Number: 061917078
Empirical Look at the Use and Impact of Smart Phones by Medical Students for Laboratory/ Educational Purposes at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State
Ikenwe, Iguehi Joy (Cln)1*; Idhalama, Ogagaghene Uzezi (Cln)2 and Inegbenojie, Osemudiamen Emmanuel3
1Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma-Edo State.
2Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma-Edo State.
3Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma-Edo State.
Usage of Smartphone’s in the medical profession has become a pivotal area of research in recent times. In as much as Smartphone’s have a great potential to facilitate communication and sharing of information amongst medical students. This study examined the use and impact of Smartphone’s by medical students in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. The study adopted survey research design. The population of the study comprised 2,304 medical students, a sample of 230 was drawn from the population and Accidental sampling technique was used. Questionnaire was used for data collection and data analyzed using descriptive statistics and mean statistics. The study revealed a high level of awareness and use of Smartphone’s by medical students. There is a tremendous impact of Smartphone’s on the academic work of medical students and they use Smartphone’s for carrying out assignments, downloading E journals, downloading medical apps and e textbooks, browsing the internet amongst others. It was also revealed that irregular power supply, high risk of radiation when using Smartphone, insecurity of usage, operational difficulties and lack of technical experts on repair within campus are some challenges encountered by medical students in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, in the use of Smartphone’s. It was recommended that Smartphones technicians can be employed within campuses to repair faulty phones, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) should monitor service providers to ensure affordable subscription rate to students, tertiary institutions should try to provide free Wifi for tertiary students issue of poor power supply should be looked at most especially within campuses etc.
Keywords: Smartphone’s, Smartphone usage, Smartphone impact, Medical Students.
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