Friday 23rd of February 2018

A conceptual framework for the Adoption of Social Network Technologies (SNTs) in Teaching: Case of Ghana

John Kingsley Arthur, Adu-Manu Kofi Sarpong and Clement Yeboah

Social Networking Technologies (SNTs) have changed lots of former procedures in this modern era. One of its greatest influences is in the area of teaching and learning. This research work seeks to identify in the Ghanaian context with unavailability of some ICT infrastructure and other determinants, how this advantageous tool could be adopted and implemented to benefit the area of teaching and learning in the private Universities. To determine the adoption factors three (3) different theoretical frameworks were considered, namely; Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT), Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) Extension Model and Technology Acceptance Model. The research method adopted was quantitative and hence paper form questionnaire was used for the data collection. Several recommendations were made to enhance the adoption of SNTs for the purposes of supplementing teaching in the tertiary education in Ghana.

Keywords: Social Networking Technologies, theoretical framework, ICT Infrastructure, Adopting factors

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John Kingsley Arthur
Mr. Arthur John Kingsley a faculty member at the institute of Computer Science of Valley View University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Valley View University and Master in Information Technology from Accra Institute of Technology (AIT). He has keen interest Computer Science and Information Technology research areas of Educational Technologies, Web and Mobile applications. He has professional teaching membership with Victoria Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA) in Australia and Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) in USA. He has won two best paper awards from conference presentations.

Adu-Manu Kofi Sarpong
Mr. Kofi Sarpong Adu-Manu received his Bachelor of Science and Master of philosophy in Computer Science degrees from Valley View University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology respectively and works with the Department of Computer at Valley View University, Accra-Ghana. He regularly taught courses in Computer Science and Information Technology, including Programming, Distributed Systems, Computer Graphics, Visualization and Simulation, Database systems, and Multimedia at Valley View University. He serves as a Senior Research Assistant at the Faculty of Science and has supervised final year projects in software development. As part of the authorâs academic achievements, Adu-Manu was won three (3) best paper awards and has seven (7) published papers to his credit. My research focus is on Data warehousing, programming languages, Computer Graphics and Social Networking. He serves as a board member to the Clute Institute in Colorado, USA and a member of Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) in the United States of America.

Clement Yeboah
Mr. Clement Yeboah holds BBA in Accounting and MBA in Accounting. At the moment I am pursuing MBA in Finance at Strayer University, Columbus campus - USA.

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