A measurement scale for students’ usage of online networks

Barker, Rachel and Ong, Derek Lai Teik * (2016) A measurement scale for students’ usage of online networks. Perspectives in Education, 34 (2). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0258-2236

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Studies suggest that students are increasingly turning to information and communication technologies as learning tools in which they can present multiple identities quite explicitly tied to context, knowledge and understanding within online networks. Hence it is imperative for educational institutions to understand how twenty-first-century learners use online networks for their identity formation and learning experiences. Through a systematic review of existing instruments, constructs and elements were identified and used to develop a new conceptual research framework which was quantitatively tested on a convenience sample of students (n=300) at Sunway University in Malaysia. Based on the results, a measurement scale was developed and analysed through structural equation modelling and confirmatory factor analysis. The responses of the students revealed they are more likely to use online networks for identity formation than for the learning experience and that there is a relationship between identity formation, the learning experience and the use of online networks.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First author is with the UNISA; 2nd author is with the Dept. Marketing, Sunway University Business School
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity formation; learning experience; online networks; structural equation modelling; knowledge management
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > Sunway University Business School > Dept. Marketing
Depositing User: Ms. Molly Chuah
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Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 02:52
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 07:03
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/673

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