An investigation of university student readiness towards M-learning using Technology Acceptance Model

Shakeel Iqbal, Zeeshan Ahmed Bhatti

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Abstract

M-learning is learning delivered via mobile devices and mobile technology. The research indicates that this medium of learning has potential to enhance formal as well as informal learning. However, acceptance of m-learning greatly depends upon personal attitude of students towards this medium; therefore this study focuses only on the individual context in which role of student’s readiness towards m-learning is investigated using Technology acceptance model (TAM). TAM is the popular choice among the researchers for investigating acceptance of any new technology primarily because of its robust and parsimonious nature. The sample selected for this study consisted of students from the private sector universities in a developing country. A structured questionnaire was used for data collection. The final results of investigation were based on 244 valid responses. The results indicate that the students’ skills and psychological readiness strongly influence their perceived ease of use (PEU) and perceived usefulness (PU) of m-learning, whereas both these constructs positively influenced their behavioral intention to use m-learning. The findings of this study have theoretical as well as practical implications which are discussed at the end.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-103
JournalInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Volume16
Issue number4
Early online date1 Oct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 1 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • M-learning adoption
  • higher education
  • distance education
  • technology acceptance model

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