Adopting mobile computing in Sultan Qaboos University

The case of mobile majors allocation system (MMAS)

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Abstract

Internet penetration in most developing countries is still low as oppose to mobiles dissemination. In Oman and despite the government plans and strategies to enhance internet diffusion, internet subscribers comprised about 0.025 of the general population in 2005. In contrast, the number of mobile holders increased substantially since the launch of these services in 1996. Prepaid mobile services and SMS were introduced in 2001 and both are currently popular with subscribers. Such fine appeal influenced many government organizations to go mobile with its services, and Oman is no exception. Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), the only public university in Oman, has started to embrace this technology to develop a multichanneling approach with its students and employees. This paper reports on a work-in-progress project that aims to allow students in the College of Commerce and Economics (CCE) to select their majors using their mobile phones. It also investigates and describes major expected benefits of the system. Currently, the major selection process in CCE must only be done on campus in CCE's computer labs using a standalone PC application, with no online access. The mobile approach will enable students to send their choices via SMS and receive result notification by the same means.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009
PublisherIADIS
Pages211-216
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789728924775
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventIADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Feb 26 2009Feb 28 2009

Other

OtherIADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period2/26/092/28/09

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Mobile computing
Internet
Students
Economics
Mobile phones
Developing countries
Personnel

Keywords

  • Majoring results
  • MAS
  • MMAS
  • Mobile computing
  • Oman
  • SQU

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture

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Al-Shaqsi, J., & Al Shihi, H. (2009). Adopting mobile computing in Sultan Qaboos University: The case of mobile majors allocation system (MMAS). In Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009 (pp. 211-216). IADIS.

Adopting mobile computing in Sultan Qaboos University : The case of mobile majors allocation system (MMAS). / Al-Shaqsi, Jamil; Al Shihi, Hafedh.

Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009. IADIS, 2009. p. 211-216.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Al-Shaqsi, J & Al Shihi, H 2009, Adopting mobile computing in Sultan Qaboos University: The case of mobile majors allocation system (MMAS). in Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009. IADIS, pp. 211-216, IADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009, Barcelona, Spain, 2/26/09.
Al-Shaqsi J, Al Shihi H. Adopting mobile computing in Sultan Qaboos University: The case of mobile majors allocation system (MMAS). In Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009. IADIS. 2009. p. 211-216
Al-Shaqsi, Jamil ; Al Shihi, Hafedh. / Adopting mobile computing in Sultan Qaboos University : The case of mobile majors allocation system (MMAS). Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009. IADIS, 2009. pp. 211-216
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