Information ethics and use of social media in higher education: faculty members' perspectives

Maisiri, Esabel (2013) Information ethics and use of social media in higher education: faculty members' perspectives.

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This article is indexed in index to South African periodicals (ISAP) and abstracted in Library and Information abstracts (LISA),Issues on information ethics have assumed an important role in higher education as different types ofinformation and communications technologies (ICTs) permeate the learning environment. An understanding ofsuch issues by faculty members would enhance learning strategies and processes that use ICTs. To this effect, this study was conducted to establish factors that influence faculty members when applying information ethics to the use ofsocial mediafor academic work. The population was faculty members in departments that offered information-related programmes. The study was conducted at the National University ofScience and Technology (NUST) in two phases, based on an exploratory-descriptive design. The preliminary phase sought to establish howfaculty members used social media tools in academic practice and the ethicalframeworks that influenced their use ofthe tools. Respondents were identified through convenience sampling. The ethicalframeworks that emerged in the preliminary phase: the rights, the common good and virtue perspectives, were factored into a Theory ofPlanned Behaviour (TPB) in the second phase. Every faculty member in the departments that were studied was a respondent during the second phase. The main findings were that faculty members were influenced mostly by control beliefs. followed by ethical predispositions and lastly, by normative beliefs when applying information ethics in the use ofsocial media in academic practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information ethics,Social media,Higher education
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > National University of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 08:01
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 08:01

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