Volume 1, Issue 2, March 2013, Page: 16-21
The Perceived Extent of ICT Integration in Intra-University Communication Among the Kenyan Universities
Rhoda Karimi Gitonga, School of Business and Public Management, Department of Information Technology, KCA University, Nairobi
Mwangi Ndirangu, Department of curriculum, Instruction & Educational Management, Egerton University, P.O. Box 536, Egerton
Jason M. Githeko, Computer Science Department, Egerton University, P.O. Box 536, Egerton
Received: Mar. 14, 2013;       Published: Mar. 10, 2013
DOI: 10.11648/j.com.20130102.11      View  3359      Downloads  109
Abstract
The government and most Kenyan universities have invested heavily in ICT. Universities are buying computers, increasing bandwidth and connectivity, while at the same time enhancing their other infrastructure to harness the potential benefits of this technology. ICT is known to bring about a number of efficiencies in the teaching and learning process, communication and other aspects of university management. However, little is known regarding how this investment is benefiting the country and specifically the university community in Kenya. The purpose of this paper is to report findings of a study carried out to determine the perceived extent of ICT integration in Intra-university Communication in Kenyan universities. The study investigated the availability and use of selected ICT facilities which included mobile phone, bulk SMS system and email broadcast. The research design used was the descriptive survey. The target population comprised of all the students and lecturers in the public and private universities in the Nairobi metropolitan totaling to 80,707 students and 4,377 lecturers. Purposive sampling was used to select three public and three private universities. Stratified random sampling was used to select 386 students and 344 lecturers. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. The findings indicated that the majority of students and staff were aware of the ICT resources available for communication within their institutions. Addi-tionally they used these resources. Considering the high rate of adoption of mobile phones in Kenya, this is not surprising. However, in view of the central role that ICT is expected to play in the economic and social progress of many developing nations more work is needed to establish the extent to which ICT supports educational objectives.
Keywords
ICT, ICT integration, Intra-university Communication
To cite this article
Rhoda Karimi Gitonga, Mwangi Ndirangu, Jason M. Githeko, The Perceived Extent of ICT Integration in Intra-University Communication Among the Kenyan Universities, Communications. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2013, pp. 16-21. doi: 10.11648/j.com.20130102.11
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