After the broadcast: Disrupting health sciences’ students’ lives with SMS

Ken Masters, Dick Ng’ambi

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Abstract

Introduction: Although Short Message Services (SMS) (texting) broadcasting is an efficient and effective way of communicating with students, the disruption caused by the unexpected arrival of messages has not been explored. This paper reports on a project investigating the disruptive effect of messages sent to 782 Health Sciences’ students at a higher education institution. Methodology: Students signed up for an SMS broadcasting service; received a minimum of two messages per month (Feb-Nov), and reflected on their experience through a questionnaire. Results: There was little disruption of student’ private lives, and greater disruption of their student activities, and yet this appeared to add to, rather than reduce, the value of the service. Conclusion: In learner-centred environments, productive disruption of students requires that staff only send important / urgent messages and that students control the disruption timing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning, ML 2007 - Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2007
EditorsInmaculada Arnedillo Sanchez
PublisherIADIS Press
Pages171-175
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789728924362
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2007
Event2007 IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning, ML 2007 - Part of the 1st IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2007 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Jul 5 2007Jul 7 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning, ML 2007 - Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2007

Conference

Conference2007 IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning, ML 2007 - Part of the 1st IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2007
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period7/5/077/7/07

Keywords

  • Health Sciences Education
  • M-learning
  • Mobile Communication
  • SMS Broadcast
  • Texting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing

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