This research in progress explores the use of Social Technologies (ST) by Saudi female international students (SFIS) in Australia. More specifically, this study aims to investigate how SFIS use these sites for their information seeking activities. While research into the use of social technologies in higher education is gaining more momentum, there remains a dearth of research that aims to understand the potential of using social technologies for everyday life information activities. By facilitating communication between users, ST enables the rapid and easy exchange and dissemination of information. Derived from literature on ISB and ST use, this research in progress paper proposes a conceptual model that predicts factors that impact on SFIS’ use of ST in general and as a source of information over time and across cultures. Understanding these factors would aid university service providers and system designers in developing effective social media applications that meet the increasing challenges of a diversified society.
Binsahl, Haifa M.; Chang, Shanton; and Bosua, Rachelle, "Exploring the Factors that Impact on Saudi Female International Students’ Use of Social Technologies as an Information Source" (2015). PACIS 2015 Proceedings. 201.