Mobile Research Supervision Initiative (MRSI) at Makerere University: Lessons to Learn

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Executive Summary

The rapid technological development in mobile phones coupled with their rapid diffusion into all walks of life has instigated various sectors to exploit them for various purposes aimed at enhancing organizational efficiency and flexibility. The communication, business, financial, banking and education sectors have developed and continue to develop applications for mobile phones. The authors' research sought to evaluate an initiative introduced at Makerere University's Department of Distance Education (Mobile Research Supervision Initiative - MRSI), for guiding (using mobile phones) distance learners who were completing their final year field research projects. The paper adopted a mixed methods research approach, employing a self administered semi-structured questionnaire/survey, in-depth interviews and document review methods for data collection.

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