Use of Smartphones for Academic Purposes by Teachers of Panjab University
Jatinder Kumar1, Suman Sumi2, Anjali Verma3, Sharmila Verma4

1Jatinder Kumar, Ibrarian, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara (Punjab), India.
2Suman Sumi, Assistant Librarian, A.C. Joshi Library, Panjab University, Chandigarh (Punjab), India.
3Anjali Verma, Assistant Librarian, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara (Punjab), India.
4Sharmila Verma, Ex-Project Associate, Indian Institute of Technology, Palakkad (Kerala), India.
Manuscript received on 03 May 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 15 May 2019 | Manuscript Published on 23 May 2019 | PP: 290-294 | Volume-7 Issue-6S5 April 2019 | Retrieval Number: F10470476S319/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: The ultimate goal of an educational institution is to understand and address the information needs of students and prepare them to become skilled graduates. The professional workforce of these institutions includes teachers, educators, and academic supervisors which is integral part of teaching and learning process. To keep themselves updated, majority of teachers have started using Smartphone’s and other mobile devices. The present article inquires that how Smartphone’s are being used for academic purposes by teaching community of Panjab University, Chandigarh, acknowledged as best University in South Asian region by Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings (2016). The study further explores that how mobile devices facilitate teachers to fulfill their information requirements. The study is conducted with the help of a structured questionnaire, administered amongst faculty members of various departments. The findings of the study revealed that maximum number of teachers use Smartphone for academic purposes. It is also found that most of the teachers use mobile devices to read and download research articles. Another interesting finding of the study is that majority of teachers spend 3 to 4 hours every day for using Smartphone. Further, every teacher admitted that Smartphone is most important gadget for enhancing their learning and teaching skills.
Keywords: Use of Smartphone for Academic Purposes, Teachers of Panjab University, Mobile Learning.
Scope of the Article: Mobile Agents