Internet use and its impact on the academic performance of university teachers and researchers: A comparative study

B.T. Sampath Kumar (Library and Information Science, Tumkur University, Tumkur, India)
G. Manjunath (Library and Information Center, East West Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Publication date: 30 September 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The internet growth has created a new scientific communication system with new facilities that are competing with the traditional sources of information. The present study investigated impact of internet use on academic performance of teachers and researcher in university setup. The aim of this paper is to find out how these academics use internet sources and services? What is the user's satisfaction level with internet sources and services? And what problems has the user encountered when searching the information on the internet. It further aims to know how the user compares the internet sources with traditional information sources.

Design/methodology/approach

Questionnaires were distributed to randomly selected teachers and researchers in Kuvempu University, Karnataka state. Total 200 questionnaires were distributed out of which 140 duly filled questionnaires were returned. The questionnaire consisted of various questions which are designed for the teachers and researchers to elicit the impact of internet use on their academic performance.

Findings

This study has demonstrated the high use of the internet sources and services by teachers and researchers in university setup. Most of them used internet in support of their study and teaching. Majority of respondents learnt to use the internet through self-instruction and trial and error, with the help of friends and by reading books or papers. Study results also indicated that internet has made an impact on their academic performance (i.e. in writing more research papers, in doing better research, better learning experience, etc.).

Originality/value

This is the comprehensive study on the impact of internet sources and services on the academic performance of teachers and researchers in the university environment. Findings of the study will be helpful to university authority to enhance the internet facilities for effective and efficient use by the teachers and researchers. The study also suggested that there is a need to focus on opportunities for providing training on use advanced internet search skills to the academic community. Concerned authorities also need to enhance the internet bandwidth to increase the internet speed.

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Citation

Sampath Kumar, B.T. and Manjunath, G. (2013), "Internet use and its impact on the academic performance of university teachers and researchers: A comparative study", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 219-238. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-09-2011-0042

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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