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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

The current research aimed to investigate the effectiveness of using mobile interactive voice assistant applications (i.e. Siri and Google Assistant) in developing Saudi university students’ academic self-efficacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research followed the one group quasi-experimental design. It was delimited to a period of the second term during the academic year 2020-2021. Forty-eight participants completed the Arabic Academic Self-Efficacy Scale developed and validated by the author. Results indicated that the participants showed higher improvement in the mean scores of the posttest compared to the pre-test. Additionally, in the post-testing of academic self-efficacy according to grade point average variable, there were statistically significant differences between the mean scores of the participants, whereas there are no statistically significant differences between their mean scores in the post-testing of academic self-efficacy according to mobile digital skills variable. Based on the results, maximizing training courses for faculty members to optimize their digital competencies in using modern technology in teaching is highly recommended.

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