APPRAISAL OF ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN FIRST YEAR STUDENTS USING MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES FOR LEARNING
This study examined the performance of University of Ilorin Communication and Information Science (CIS) students using mobile technologies to deliver course contents. Survey research design using both qualitative and quantitative methods was deployed with the use of documentary evidence to analyse the academic performance of the students in the five departments of CIS faculty. The results of the findings show that, before the deployment of mobile technology for teaching and learning, academic performance of students was not as high as in 2010/2011 when mobile technology was introduced through courseware development. In computer Science Department for example, 9% of the total registered students scored A and 4% scored F before the introduction of mobile technology, while 27% scored A and just 1% score F after the deployment of mobile technology for teaching and learning. The following recommendations were made: 1. Mobile technology should be involved in all the courses taught at the University of Ilorin should provide enabling environment for both teachers and students in making mobile technology applicable to teaching and learning, among others.