Date of Award

3-12-2020

Publication Type

Doctoral Thesis

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Zuochen Zhang

Keywords

E-learning, learning technology, social media

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

In the age of technology, everything is much faster and easier than it was in the past, but more complicated. The internet is one of the most powerful technologies of our time. Communication technology, for example, became one of the inventions that humans interact with the most, and that could be due to the urgent need to communicate with others. That could be why social media became so successful and popular among members of society. However, researchers have indicated that most of the students in Saudi Arabia are not experiencing the use of social media as a part of their formal education. The results of this mixed-methods study reveal that female Saudi faculty members have positive attitudes toward the use of social media as a teaching tool. Moreover, social media advantages and challenges influenced this attitude toward the use of social media as a teaching tool. The study also reveals that female Saudi faculty members have a low understanding of social media best practices and guidelines. Finally, the study findings suggest that understanding social media best practices could impact how faculty members’ use social media and empower female Saudi faculty members.

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