Title: Factors related to Facebook use for academic purposes: the case for social studies courses at the university level

Authors: Mohammad Jawarneh

Addresses: Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Educational Studies, The Hashemite University, Zarqa 13115, Jordan

Abstract: The primary purpose of this study was to determine the impact of perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use of Facebook on the behaviour intentions of university students to use Facebook for academic purposes. Based on the technology acceptance model, a path model with three links was developed. The results supported the hypothesised path model. The path model clearly revealed that university students' usage intentions of Facebook for academic purposes was influenced by two factors. The results of the study indicated that perceived ease of use was a highly influential factor with direct effect impacting usage intentions of Facebook followed by perceived usefulness. The results also showed that perceived ease of use has a positive direct effect on perceived usefulness. Finally, this study provided some evidence that this path model is beneficial in determining usage intentions of Facebook for academic purposes at the university level.

Keywords: academic purposes; ease of use; Facebook; social studies; university students; usage intentions; usefulness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2017.087784

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2017 Vol.9 No.4, pp.307 - 318

Received: 21 Oct 2015
Accepted: 18 Feb 2016

Published online: 02 Nov 2017 *

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