Journal of Management Information and Decision Sciences (Print ISSN: 1524-7252; Online ISSN: 1532-5806)

Abstract

EXAMINING THE FACTORS AFFECTING THE USE OF WEB 2.0 APPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES IN JORDANIAN UNIVERSITIES

Author(s): Al-Ma’aitah, M. A.

This study aims to examine the factors influencing the use of Web2.0 technology in the Jordanian university education system. The study investigates the impact of eight factors of Web 2.0 usage in education, namely feeling of need, motivation, working conditions, saving time, organizational resources, changeability, competitiveness, and skills. A42-item survey was developed for the purpose of the study, a random sample method was used which was completed by 189 participants. PLS software was subsequently used to analyze the data. The study results indicate medium levels of Web 2.0 usage in education in Jordanian universities. The study’s findings further demonstrate that working conditions, organizational resources, changeability, and skills are the most critical determinants of Web 2.0 adoption in Jordanian universities and universities in general. The study further reveals that the use of Web 2.0 applications as teaching aids has a significant impact on learner performance. The main recommendation of the study is that universities acquire the IT infrastructure necessary to adopt Web 2.0 applications (internet, computers, and software) and that they train their teachers to use Web 2.0 applications effectively to enhance the learning experience. Moreover, conduct follow-up research in this field to identify other factors that may impact the adoption of Web 2.0 applications.