Title: Understanding the role of social media in informal learning by researchers in Malaysian higher education

Authors: Mohmed Y. Mohmed Al-Sabaawi; Halina Mohamed Dahlan; Ali Abdulfattah Alshaher; Hafiz Muhammad Faisal Shehzad

Addresses: Department of Management Information Systems, College of Administration and Economics, University of Mosul, Iraq ' Information Systems Department, Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia ' Department of Management Information Systems, College of Administration and Economics, University of Mosul, Iraq ' Department of Computer Science and IT, University of Sargodha, Pakistan

Abstract: Social media is progressing rapidly, and it holds great potentials for everyday lives, including for educational purposes. These potentials can be harnessed in improving the acceptance of social media in informal learning. Informal learning has broken the barriers inherent in the old order of formal learning. However, there is a lack of research in social media acceptance relating to informal learning for academic researchers. This research aims to develop an acceptance model of social media for informal learning from an academic researcher's perspective. To achieve this aim, this research integrates two theories as to the foundation for the development of the model: technology acceptance model 3 and theory of constructivism. The proposed model was evaluated using the quantitative approach with social media users. The proposed model includes key technological, individual, and interactive factors. The findings of this study provide an understanding of the interaction of social media and informal learning.

Keywords: higher education; TAM3; social media; constructivism; informal learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2022.120645

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2022 Vol.31 No.2, pp.166 - 188

Received: 17 Nov 2020
Accepted: 28 Jan 2021

Published online: 26 Jan 2022 *

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