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ERIC Number: EJ823144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Understanding the Behavior Changes in Belief and Attitude among Experienced and Inexperienced Learning Object Users
Lau, Siong-Hoe; Woods, Peter C.
Computers & Education, v52 n2 p333-342 Feb 2009
Prior empirical studies in the implementation of general information technologies (IT) have revealed that IT adoption and usage were determined by user beliefs and attitudes. However, little is known about how user beliefs and attitudes form and change over time. To address these issues, this paper reports a study of 481 inexperienced and 120 experienced potential users on learning objects. Technology acceptance model's constructs were used to conduct a longitudinal study across three phases (introduction, training and direct-use experience) to examine the formation and the changes in users' beliefs and behavioral intention to use learning objects over time. The results showed that the rates of changes in users' beliefs and behavioral intention toward learning objects usage were time-variant and were more predominant during the early stage (introduction to training) of learning objects usage than in the later stages (training to direct-use experience). The study confirmed that initial exposure through introduction and training was effective in improving inexperienced users' beliefs and intentions to use learning objects. It also helped to reduce the belief and intention gaps that existed between experienced and inexperienced users. In addition, the influence of initial introduction and training on users' beliefs and perceptions was sustained over time, thus further indicating their importance. (Contains 9 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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