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Understanding Graduate Students’ Intended Use of Distance Education Platforms

Understanding Graduate Students’ Intended Use of Distance Education Platforms
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Author(s): María del Carmen Jiménez-Munguía (Universidad de las Américas Puebla, México) and Luis Felipe Luna-Reyes (Universidad de las Américas Puebla, México)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 17
Source title: Student Satisfaction and Learning Outcomes in E-Learning: An Introduction to Empirical Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sean B. Eom (Southeast Missouri State University, USA) and J. B. Arbaugh (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-615-2.ch015

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Abstract

The objective of this chapter is to use the Unified Theory of the Acceptance and Use of Technology to better understand graduate students’ intended use of distance education platforms, using as a case a distance education platform of a Mexican University, the SERUDLAP system. Four constructs are hypothesized to play a significant role: performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence, and attitude toward using technology; the moderating factors were gender and voluntariness of use. Data for the study was gathered through an online survey with a response rate of about 41%. Results suggested that the performance expectancy and attitude towards technology are factors that help us understand graduate students’ intended use of a distance education platform. Future research must consider the impact of some factors, such as previous experiences, age, and facilitating conditions in order to better understand the students’ behavior.

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