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ERIC Number: ED568336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 138
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-4263-4
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Web-Based Instruction Systems: Correlation of First Year Online Student Acceptance and Use Variables Related to Intent to Use
Butler, William T.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The online education population is growing among all age groups but the connection that allows students to interface to the online classroom has been ignored as an issue for research. Web-based instructional systems are the key technology that enables students to enter the virtual classroom of the internet. The study of student perceptions of the adequacy of web-based instructional systems as a viable interface for learning is being outpaced by the introduction of new technology tools that could enhance or inhibit the online learning experience. This study identifies some of the perceptive factors that influence behavioral intention to use technology and applies those perceptive factors to first year student acceptance and use of web-based instructional systems. By examining use and acceptance factors established through prior research, several variables were identified as relevant in acceptance of information system technology. Through this study these factors have been identified and might be used as a foundation for future research into student use of web-based instructional systems. The study took what has been identified by researchers on attrition as a vulnerable segment of the online student population, the first year student, and surveyed a sample of this population in order to identify initial perceptive factors that correlate to behavioral intention and use behavior. Three factors, performance expectancy, effort expectancy and social influence have emerged as exhibiting statistical correlation relevance among first year online students using web-based instructional systems. By studying first year post secondary student preferences, a stronger revelation of correlation between perceptive use factors and intent to use was discovered through analysis of the collected data. Only students in the United States were surveyed with no restrictive filters on gender, location, university or college affiliation, income, or ethnic background. Age range was restricted to college enrolled students between 18 and 65. Experience of the sample group was limited to less than 12 months experience with web-based instructional systems. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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