Tuesday 20th of February 2018

Internet Usage by Faculty in Saudi Higher Education

Amany Al-Shawi, and Areej Alwabil

In this study, we examine the level of Internet utilization by faculty members from across disciplines in four Saudi higher education institutions: King Saud University, Imam Muhammad bin Saud University, Prince Sultan University, and Al-Yamamah College. Results indicate that Internet technologies were primarily used by faculty for teaching purposes, followed by communication, and then research. Moreover, the facultys computer skills were found to be a strong predictor of their Internet use. Barriers that inhibit efficient utilization of the Internet were identified. Implications for technology integration planning and faculty development programs are discussed.

Keywords: Internet usage, higher education, faculty, technology adoption, Internet diffusion

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Amany Al-Shawi,
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Areej Alwabil
College of Computer and Information Sciences King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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