Smartphones for Smart Learning in TVET: The Case of Nkabune Technical Training Institute

  • Nahashon Kiarie Nkabune Technical Training Institute
Keywords: TVET, smartphones, m-learning, smart learning


In todays world, people are on the move and are demanding access to learning materials and information anytime and anywhere. Todays learners want to have the opportunity to review course materials and correspond with instructors and colleagues while sitting in a restaurant or waiting for a bus; they are not rendered immobile by the restrictions of desktop computer technology. Due to their affordability and flexibility, smart phones are touching peoples lives in many ways: communication, entertainment, socializing, health, etc. But the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector is struggling to make sense of this change. The objective of this paper is to examine the potential applications of smart phones in enhancing learning. It also discusses the prospects and challenges in the adoption of this innovation. Questionnaires and interviews were administered to students and lecturers in Nkabune Technical Training Institute in Meru, Kenya. The results show that most students (69%) own smart phones and they use them mainly for social media and communication, while a significant number (40%) use the smartphones for their school related tasks. It was found that smart phones contain very powerful educational applications that if used well can improve technical vocational education and training. This presents an opportunity for educators to design educational methods, activities and materials that are suitable for Smartphones and allow students to use this technology to accommodate students diverse needs.

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Kiarie, N. (2016). Smartphones for Smart Learning in TVET: The Case of Nkabune Technical Training Institute. Africa Journal of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, 1(1), 66-74. Retrieved from