ERIC Number: EJ1126034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Impact of Collaborative Work on Technology Acceptance: A Case Study from Virtual Computing
Konak, Abdullah; Kulturel-Konak, Sadan; Nasereddin, Mahdi; Bartolacci, Michael R.
Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, v16 p15-29 2017
Aim/Purpose: This paper utilizes the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to examine the extent to which acceptance of Remote Virtual Computer Laboratories (RVCLs) is affected by students' technological backgrounds and the role of collaborative work. Background: RVCLs are widely used in information technology and cyber security education to provide students with hands-on experimentation. However, students may not exploit their full benefits if they do not accept RVCLs as a viable educational technology. Methodology: In order to study the impact of collaborative work on technology acceptance, an empirical study was conducted using collaborative and individual versions of an introductory level computer networking exercise in an RVCL. Trials for the empirical study included students from technology intensive and non-technology intensive programs. Contribution: The relationship between the technological background of students and their acceptance of an RVCL and the effect of collaborative work on this relationship were explored for the first time in the literature. Findings: The findings of the study supported that collaborative work could improve non-technology students' acceptance of RVCLs. However, no significant effect of collaborative work on technology acceptance was observed in the case of technology students. Recommendations for Practitioners: Educators should consider the benefits of collaborative work while introducing a new technology to students who may not have background in the technology introduced. Recommendation for Researchers: In this study, student technological background was found to be a significant factor for technology acceptance; hence, it is recommended that technological background is included in TAM studies as an external factor. Future Research: Repeating similar studies with multiple exercises with varying degrees of challenge is required for a better understanding of how collaborative work and student technological background affect technology acceptance.
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Computer Attitudes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Technological Literacy, College Freshmen, Likert Scales, Student Attitudes, Intention, Statistical Analysis, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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