Effective integration of SMS communication into a distance education accounting module

A.A. van Rooyen (Department of Financial Accounting, University of South Africa)

Meditari Accountancy Research

ISSN: 1022-2529

Publication date: 1 April 2010


The University of South Africa (Unisa), as a distance education institution, is continuously challenged to lessen the negative impact distance has on students’ learning. The effective use of technologies affords distance education institutions with valuable opportunities to enhance teaching and support students’ learning. Using online technologies in the context of a developing country like South Africa often remains unrealised because of the persistent impact of lack of access, bandwidth and cost to students. Most students, however, have mobile phones, thus creating an ideal opportunity for distance education institutions to increase the effectiveness of learning. This article investigated students’ responses to a pilot study aimed at integrating short message systems (SMSs) into the study experience of accounting students at Unisa. This research found that students overwhelmingly experienced this initiative not only as support but also more importantly as assistance to enable them to study more effectively. On the basis of the evidence provided, it is evident that using mobile technology can enhance the learning experience of accounting students and provide them with a more satisfying and successful experience.



van Rooyen, A. (2010), "Effective integration of SMS communication into a distance education accounting module", Meditari Accountancy Research, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 47-57. https://doi.org/10.1108/10222529201000004

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