Understanding instructor adoption of social media using the technology acceptance model

Chulapol Thanomsing, Priya Sharma

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Purpose: Social media are increasingly being used in teaching and learning in higher education. This paper aims to explore multiple case studies to better understand how instructors decide to incorporate social media into learning. Design/methodology/approach: This qualitative case study used the technology acceptance model (TAM) to explore five instructors' use of social media for teaching and learning, particularly the pedagogical reasons and goals driving their use of social media. Participant interviews, course documentation and social media observation data were collected to answer the research questions. Findings: Findings suggest that an instructor's social media knowledge and awareness of instructional goals are important for the use of social media in learning. Three pedagogical objectives of the use of social media were found across five participants: collaborative learning, dialog and discussion, and authentic learning. Originality/value: Previous studies have explored potential pedagogical uses of social media tools, however studies that attempt to understand how and why instructors decide to use particular social media tools are underreported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-65
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Research in Innovative Teaching and Learning
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 15 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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