Al-Hariri MT, Al-Hattami AA.Impact of students’ use of technology on their learning achievements in physiology courses at the University of Dammam. J Taibah Univ Med Sc 2017;12(1):82e85.
Al-Hariri and Al-Hattami argue that there is a need for a shift from a today’s situation where technology is sparsely integrated into health education to one where it is at the heart. They design a study to determine if there is a relationship between success in physiology courses and their use of technology as well as the devices most used by students in question.
Attempting to chart the relationship between technology and academic success, they send out a survey to all second year students (231 male students) at the colleges of health at the University of Dammam. The survey involved students ranking certain questions on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree and each question carried some weight on the bigger question of their use of technology. The results found that there is a significant relationship between student technology use and their success at the various health colleges. They further found that most students who use technology use laptops with about 52% of the respondents stating so and the minority use desktop computers with only 0.5% stating so.
This source is important because it offers a perspective from outside the US but also because it helps to show the different kinds of technology being used. The methods for collecting data are a worrisome because surveys don’t necessarily indicate reality and perhaps qualitative methods should have been used instead.
Brown, Eileen. “How Website Filtering Affects Workplace Productivity.” ZDNet, ZDNet, 23 July 2018, 18:06, www.zdnet.com/article/how-website-filtering-affects-workplace-productivity/
Brown’s article looks at how the problem of addiction to technology is being combatted by companies in the professional world. Through surveys she shows how almost a month of employees years are spent on completely unrelated websites to their job if given the opportunity. She also looks into how through filtering the websites allowed in the workplace, productivity can be maximised.
While it’s an attempt at limiting the use of technology, Brown raises the point that many employees will still do whatever they need to do to access blocked websites, often using their own personal networks.
Brown’s article is important to my research because it incorporates the means of limiting technology that I have grappled with. It also shows how the future could shape up considering the reliance many members of my generation have with social media.
Pardes, Arielle. “Want to Curb Phone Use? Facebook and Instagram Have an Idea.” Wired, Conde Nast, 1 Aug. 2018, 7:00AM, www.wired.com/story/facebook-instagram-app-time-controls/.
Pardes looks into the different initiatives that have been taken by corporations like Facebook to make users more conscious of their use of the Instagram and Facebook. She articulates the road to implementing the screen time feature and speaks of it as a part of a larger plot from Mark Zuckerberg to get users to best spend their time on the application particularly following the Cambridge Analytica controversies.
This article is important because it serves as a backdrop to the inspiration for the work I hope to do with my research. Without its recency, investigating the role of applications like Instagram and Facebook in our day to day lives is unlikely to be as important as it currently is.
Nduhura, Dominique, and Michael Prieler. “When I Chat Online, I Feel Relaxed and Work Better: Exploring the Use of Social Media in the Public Sector Workplace in Rwanda.” Telecommunications Policy, vol. 41, no. 7/8, Aug. 2017, pp. 708–716. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2017.05.008.
Nduhura and Prieler look at the Rwandan public sector as they delve into the impact that social media can have in the workplace. Being dubbed the best promoter of the ICT sector in 2015 by the World Economic Forum creates an interesting case for observing Rwanda. They briefly touch on the pros and cons of social media highlighting productivity under the cons. Following interviews about whether or not they did use social media and if they did so for non-workplace related work.
The findings revealed that while the employees did utilize social media for non workplace related work, they did so in moderation and understood the importance of only using social media in free time. This article offers some insight into how powerful social media could be when used in moderation and not relied on but also the need for some control.
Orszag, Peter R. “Why Productivity Isn’t Keeping Up With Technology.” Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg, 11 July 2018, 11:38AM, www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-07-11/why-productivity-can-t-keep-up-with-advances-in-technology
Peter Orszag articulates how despite the improvements in technology that we continue to experience, productivity may not be rising anywhere near as fast, if at all. Orszag looks at the topic in a much bigger context than just academically or from a more youth-oriented perspective than how I had been thinking about it but it’s extremely relevant to explore because it ties into the larger conversation.
According to Orszag, the topic has become an important one economically and he presents arguments that give some more insight. Orszag hints at the improvements in quality we have seen that are unreflected in actual calculations of productivity. He also writes about the lag between discovering new technologies and seeing their results.
WEST, DARRELL M. “MOBILE TECHNOLOGY.” Going Mobile: How Wireless Technology Is Reshaping Our Lives, Brookings Institution Press, 2015, pp. 1–15. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.7864/j.ctt7zsvqt.4.
In the opening chapter of West’s book he shows how as a result of technology, the education sector has changed. He suggests that technology has led to a richer social environment for education and cites the use of applications like Facebook as educational tools.
While West does not touch heavily on productivity, he raises points on how we think about the benefits of mobile technology on the lives of students. He writes about how for example a project in Taiwan showed short messaging services to be a more instrumental tool in vocabulary mastery than reading textbooks. This offers an alternative perspective to the skills that using mobile technology equip us with and could come into my research as a different way of looking at the impact of social media and mobile technology.