Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies

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ISSN / EISSN : 1986-3497 / 1986-3497
Published by: Bastas Publications (10.30935)
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, , Adeela Arshad-Ayaz
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12545

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The study’s purpose is to systematically review the scholarly literature about disinformation on social media, a space with enhanced concerns about nurturing propaganda and conspiracies. The systematic review methodology was applied to analyze 264 peer-reviewed articles published from 2010 to 2020, extracted from the Web of Science core collection database. Descriptive and bibliometric analysis techniques were used to document the findings. The analysis revealed an increase in the trend of publishing disinformation on social media and its impact on users’ cognitive responses from 2017 onwards. The USA appears to be the most influential node with its more significant role in advancing research on disinformation. The content analysis identified five psychosocial and political factors: influencing individual users’ perceptions, providing easy access to radicalism using personality profiles, social media use to influence political opinions, lack of critical social media literacies, and hoax flourish disinformation. Our research shows a knowledge gap in how disinformation directly shapes communal psychosocial narratives. We highlight the need for future research to explore and examine the antecedents, consequences, and impact of disinformation on social media and how it affects citizens’ cognition, critical thinking, and well-being.
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12531

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The study explores the effect of using new instructional design models in online English literature courses in higher education and explores the effect of their use on students’ performance. This is to assure sustainability in higher education. The study shows the effect of using ADDIE instructional design model along with universal design for learning on students’ performance in online English literature courses in higher education. The study also highlights the major challenges that university professors face when applying the two designs together in online learning. A quantitative approach is applied by distributing a five-part questionnaire to 47 English literature professors from different universities in Jordan who are asked to use both models when planning their online courses. In the last part of the questionnaire, these professors are asked to state the main challenges that they face and are exposed to when applying the two designs together in online learning process. The results of the study reveal that students’ performance increased. There are a few studies that have been conducted to explore new instructional design models to be used in planning online English literature courses in higher education and their effect on students’ performance to assure education sustainability.
, , , Justice Kofi Armah, , Rosemary Twum
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12530

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This study sought to find out how previous technology use experience, technology self-efficacy, and use behavior relate among themselves towards learning management system (LMS) technology uptake. This is because LMS has been adopted by higher educational institutions during both the COVID-19 lockdown and post-COVID-19 era. Nonetheless, evidence shows lack of training of tutors in utilizing the LMS technology for pedagogical purposes during the emergency remote learning paradigm. Owing to that, most tutors relied on their previous technology use experiences to cultivate a self-belief towards the actual use behavior of leaning management system for their teaching and learning. Consequently, a quantitative approach based on a survey design was adopted, and questionnaire used to collect data from a purposive sample of 267 tutors in a traditional face-to-face distance setting. Results from a partial least squares structural equation modelling approach proved a positive statistically significant effect of both previous technology use experience and technology self-efficacy on LMS use behavior. Additionally, previous technology use experience positively determined technology self-efficacy with the latter having a significant indirect and mediation effect on the former towards LMS use behavior. The results of this study provided insights into the tripartite relationships existing among these three important variables. Based on the findings, recommendations were made to higher educational institutions towards the adoption of LMSs by tutors.
, Agatha Oluwafunmilayo Adu, Shuhaida Md Noor
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12493

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Despite the danger of shisha smoking, the freedom provided by social media means, pro-shisha smoking content can be freely shared across the platform. This could have a negative impact on youth who are frequent users of social media. They are often associated with the shisha smoking habit. Hence, this paper systematically synthesized the findings of the earlier literature related to the portrayal of shisha smoking on social media. This was performed to provide insight pertaining to the issue, which contributes to public health intervention and also for future research. Search for relevant literature was conducted using academic search engines including Google Scholar, PubMed, Web of Science, Science Direct, Scopus, and the Cochrane Library. The literature was qualitatively and thematically synthesized. The results of this review indicated that, shisha smoking is commonly portrayed as a social activity that is fun, relaxing, and desirable. At the individual level, it was also found that, social media serves as a platform for youth to express shisha smoking attitude. The findings of this review can enhance the understanding of how the portrayal of shisha smoking on different social media platforms may be interfering with public health cessation intervention. This study adds to the present knowledge with regard to the portrayal of shisha smoking on social media.
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12495

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The objective of this research is to analyze the prospective of intercultural teaching competence in relation to technology and neuroeducation. The research design is nonexperimental, descriptive, explanatory and regression. The sample, by convenience, is formed by students from Spanish and foreign universities, in 605 participants. A Likert scale questionnaire, constructed ad hoc, was applied. The quantitative methodology was developed through automatic linear regression modeling and a decision tree. The most relevant results show that this prospective is possible, determining that it is necessary to promote inclusion and to know the different cultures in the classroom, since they are the reason why intercultural teaching competence will undoubtedly develop, on the other hand, if we want to promote intercultural teaching competence, we must adopt neuroeducation as a basis, being of great help to use technological teaching competences, which in turn must have a neuroeducational character.
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12494

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This study set out to examine how the US broadcast media visually presented the 2020 Black Lives Matter. We compared news content collected from mainstream websites to those generated by citizen journalists and posted on Twitter. The purpose was to examine whether the two shared common narratives in their visual representation of the protestors. Through visual rhetoric frames, our findings suggest that citizen journalists’ picture narratives were humanistic and presented women and children as major players in the protests. On the other hand, visual rhetoric in the US media sites were characterized by narratives of violence, male-focused, and lacking racial diversity.
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12469

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education system is still not fully known, however there are many studies examining the impact of the introduced quarantine restrictions on the circumstances and quality of students’ studies. Universities faced enormous and multifaceted challenges to organise studies during the pandemic period. During the pandemic, new distance teaching/learning platforms were introduced, and more opportunities for distance communication appeared. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has become one of the accelerators of change in the field of information technology accessibility. However, in such conditions, the issues of the quality of university studies become even more relevant. An empirical qualitative study was conducted, the purpose of which was to analyse the position of second-cycle university students on the issue of study quality. 64 master’s students in the field of social sciences from four Lithuanian universities participated in the study conducted in November-December 2021. The verbal data collected were analysed using quantitative content analysis. It was established that the second-cycle university study students evaluate basically positively the quality of online learning. The effective realisation of the study process improves the quality of these studies, while the essential worsening factors are psychophysiological and technical disturbances. The pandemic caused also certain transformations in university studies, created the conditions for a wider application of distance studies, and revealed more opportunities to use electronic resources for teaching and study purposes. Although distance master’s studies have become a novelty and a challenge to a certain extent, this has also highlighted the need for new teaching/learning methods and forms. In addition, successful and smooth continuity of the study process is only possible if there is sufficient flexibility of the participants in the university study process.
, Yang Hu
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12468

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The objective of this study is to explore Chinese students’ preferences and decisions about studying in New Zealand. The empirical data are collected through a questionnaire, conducted among the Chinese WeChat users studying in tertiary institutions of New Zealand. While the research findings affirm that Chinese students do gain international studying information from WeChat, they may not use it as their primary channel. However, they agree that they like to obtain information about studying, politics, the economy, society, education, career development, and life in New Zealand through platforms on WeChat, and through their friends’ or acquaintances’ WeChat Moments. The information about the top three important factors are natural environment and general standards of safety (75%); government policies on immigration (74%); and relative stability of the society and economy (65.4%) whereas career development and life in New Zealand (56.7%); availability of scholarships (56.7%); and political and economic environment (52.9%) are of less importance to Chinese students’ decisions of studying in New Zealand.
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12467

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Indonesia is not exempt from the globally increasing environmental complexities (particularly climate change). Following Cox’s (2013) environmental communication strategy, this research aimed to review environmental communication strategies by environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) with the “Bye Bye Plastic Bags” campaign through social media in Bali, Indonesia. This study also examined the communal perspectives of the “Bye Bye Plastic Bags” campaign execution. An in-depth interview was performed with five ENGO respondents and two community counterparts to obtain the study aim. Resultantly, ENGOs incorporated Cox’s (2013) four-phase environmental communication strategy for the campaign (assessment, planning, production, and action and reflection). The ENGOs employed digital platforms (Instagram and Facebook) during the campaign for knowledge transfer. Additionally, community respondents denoted the campaign as a good initiative in substantially reducing garbage-littering among Bali tourists. As it was claimed (by community respondents) that the campaign only emphasized younger individuals, both respondent groups implied the need to expand the target audience across all generations as environmental intricacies were a social issue.
, Tatyana A. Shiryaeva, , , Yulia A. Kosova
Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 12; https://doi.org/10.30935/ojcmt/12437

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The article is devoted to the study of British politicians' male and female speech behavior in the discussion of Brexit by various media. The necessity of gender peculiarities studies is determined by the extreme importance and specific role of the media discourse which defines the
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