University life has gone digital: influences of institutional mobile social network use during the COVID-19 emergency
Diaz, Gabriel O.
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Purpose Many universities implemented institutional social networking apps as an alternative to in-person social experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this study aims to explore previously identified factors that influenced intentions to form collective actions, also known as we-intentions, on such social networking apps and their influence on student satisfaction with the app artifact. Design/methodology/approach Students from across a large university were invited to participate in a survey. Responses from 915 students who reported using the app were analyzed using a maximum likelihood covariance-based structural equation model. Analysis was conducted using the R programming language's psych, lavaan, and semTools packages. Findings The authors found that we-intentions are positively associated with recent app use and with student satisfaction with the app. Group norms were found to significantly influence the formation of we-intentions, while social identity is positively associated with both we-intentions and satisfaction. Originality/value The paper provides evidence that past research generalizes to the context of university mobile social networks and identifies a relationship between we-intentions and satisfaction in this context. It also provides practical insight into factors that influence we-intentions, and subsequently students' online education experience, in the context of a university's institutional mobile social network.
Conrad, C., Moylan, R. and O. Diaz, G. (2022). University life has gone digital: Influences of institutional mobile social network use during the Covid-19 emergency. Library Hi Tech ahead of print https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-12-2021-0458