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International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments (3 papers in press)


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  • Applying a modified technology acceptance model to qualitatively analyze the factors affecting microblogging integration   Order a copy of this article
    by Tian Luo 
    Abstract: The purpose of this research is to examine factors affecting students perception and engagement of microblogging integration using a qualitative approach. We employed a qualitative case study design to explore potential factors affecting microblogging integration in a hybrid course. Using the technology acceptance model (TAM) model as an umbrella framework, we examined through in-depth interviews with 18 participants the impact of microblogging integration into instruction that affected students' reported use and perceptions of their microblogging-supported learning experiences. We found that individual differences, system characteristics, social influence, and facilitating conditions all have impact on student participation and engagement in microblogging integration to varying degrees. We identified more granular factors within each of the four dimensions. Additionally, we proposed a Twitter user taxonomy based on perceived usefulness and usage behavior and discussed its broad implications in higher education learning environments. Finally, we identified several pedagogical implications pertaining to strategies of microblogging integration under the context of a hybrid course, and offered pertinent recommendations for future research.
    Keywords: computer-mediated communication; social media; technology acceptance model (TAM); microblogging; Twitter.

  • Analyzing Professional Discourse on Twitter: A Mixed Methods Analysis of the #openeducation Hashtag   Order a copy of this article
    by Fredrick Baker, Patrick Lowenthal 
    Abstract: Professionals and academics now use social networking sites like Twitter for scholarly discourse around resources and networking. Adding hashtags to tweets allows users to connect with previously unknown others around areas of common interest and provides opportunities to examine these connections. This study explored how open education is discussed on Twitter around the #openeducation hashtag through a scalable mixed methods content analysis model useful for the multi-pronged analyse of hashtag discourse. Researchers analysed a convenience sample of 903 tweets using the #openeducation hashtag and grouped the results into themes. Thirty-two themes emerged, which were grouped into eight categories. To extend the research model, a questionnaire developed from the themes was piloted with a subset of active hashtag users. The results provide insight into the major discourse on open education, as well as a scalable means to analyse discourse on Twitter, identify active participants, and probe further about ties people have to a topic of interest.
    Keywords: content analysis; Twitter; social media; open education.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2019.10018667
  • Students Awareness and Use of Electronic Information Resources: A Study of Koforidua Technical University.   Order a copy of this article
    by Patrick Baayel, Edward Asante 
    Abstract: This study assessed issues affecting use of electronic information resources by first year (level 100) students. The study adopted survey approach. The sampling method adopted for the purpose of this study was simple random sampling techniques. The sampled respondents were drawn from the total population of 1780 level 100 students at the Koforidua Technical University Electronic Resource Library. 10% of the population was drawn as the sample size. A structured questionnaire was developed and administered to elicit information from the respondents. A total of 178 copies of the questionnaire were strictly administered to the students with all duly answered and retrieved. Data collected were analyse using simple descriptive statistics. The study revealed that students awareness about the availability of academic electronic resources and databases was very low and that students primarily used search engines particularly google and yahoo as search tools. The study also revealed constraints that negatively affect students successful utilisation of e-resources. The result also showed that students utilisation of the electronic information resources was also low. Based on these findings, the study proposes different strategies that should be put in place by stakeholders to address the challenges affecting students utilisation of electronic information resources.
    Keywords: e-resources;e-library; electronic information resources; user awareness; e-resources utilisation; librarians; students; and Koforidua Technical University.