ERIC Number: EJ784546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Acceptance and Use of a Virtual Learning Environment in China
van Raaij, Erik M.; Schepers, Jeroen J. L.
Computers & Education, v50 n3 p838-852 Apr 2008
The success of a virtual learning environment (VLE) depends to a considerable extent on student acceptance and use of such an e-learning system. After critically assessing models of technology adoption, including the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), TAM2, and the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Usage of Technology (UTAUT), we build a conceptual model to explain the differences between individual students in the level of acceptance and use of a VLE. This model extends TAM2 and includes subjective norm, personal innovativeness in the domain of information technology, and computer anxiety. Data were collected from 45 Chinese participants in an Executive MBA program. After performing satisfactory reliability and validity checks, the structural model was tested with the use of PLS. Results indicate that perceived usefulness has a direct effect on VLE use. Perceived ease of use and subjective norm have only indirect effects via perceived usefulness. Both personal innovativeness and computer anxiety have direct effects on perceived ease of use only. Implications are that program managers in education should not only concern themselves with basic system design but also explicitly address individual differences between VLE users.
Descriptors: Computer Attitudes, Information Technology, Statistical Data, Educational Environment, Anxiety, Virtual Classrooms, Models, Individual Differences, Structural Equation Models, Masters Programs
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