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Impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on student’s learning: a case from university of the Punjab, Pakistan

Toqeer Ahmad (Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Pakistan)
Arslan Sheikh (Library Information Services, COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 27 August 2021

Issue publication date: 18 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on student’s learning primarily concentrating on the following factors: including availability, accessibility and user-ability of using ICT resources. This investigation will highlight the role of ICT in the pedagogical activities of students, especially in their learning.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire was designed to comprehend the questions related to the objectives and a sample of 275 students through convenience sampling technique was selected that was enrolled in various degree programs of the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. Primarily the descriptive analysis was made and data were presented in tabulated form. However, for inferential analysis, the Pearson correlation test was applied to determine the relationship among the dependent and independent variables including (availability, accessibility user-ability and student’s learning) and to test the hypotheses of the study.

Findings

The findings disclose that students at the University of the Punjab have access to various kinds of ICT applications and resources. Moreover, they have an adequate number of ICT equipment available for their use and they are familiar with various kinds of ICT applications and resources which they use in various educational tasks during their studies. A strong positive linear correlation exists between availability, accessibility and user-ability of using ICT resources and the student’s educational learning. This confirms that ICT plays a significant role in the student’s educational accomplishments. It helps students in searching, retrieving and consulting various types of information sources. It also helps them in completing their educational tasks in a quick manner. Students at all levels also see it as a matter of great importance to acquire ICT-related skills as this can help them to be more productive in their educational accomplishments.

Originality/value

This study concludes that availability, accessibility, adequacy and user ability to use the ICT resources positively impact students learning. Therefore, it is highly recommended for students to learn ICT-related skills and to make the best use of the different communication technologies in their pedagogical activities. Moreover, if academic institutions in Pakistan give more emphasis on developing ICT-based infrastructure and ICT skilled manpower then this can also bring fruitful results in the learning process of student’s educational endeavors.

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Acknowledgements

The principal author sincerely acknowledges the valuable contribution made by his co-author Mr. Arslan Sheikh, in reviewing, editing, revising and getting this research paper published into this journal. The anonymous reviewers are also thanked for their extremely constructive comments. This research received no financial support.

Citation

Ahmad, T. and Sheikh, A. (2022), "Impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on student’s learning: a case from university of the Punjab, Pakistan", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp. 205-221. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-03-2021-0027

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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