An Adoption Model for E-Learning and Knowledge Management Systems

An Adoption Model for E-Learning and Knowledge Management Systems

Shiful Islam (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan and University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Susumu Kunifuji (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan), Tessai Hayama (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan) and Motoki Miura (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/jkss.2012040104
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The authors built an electronic learning (EL) and knowledge management (KM) adoption model for sharing, updating, and adopting the essences of EL and KM based on the existing literature, as well as data and information from face-to-face interviews of 17 EL and KM researchers worldwide. In this paper, the authors discuss the theoretical and practical implications of the model and offer some suggestions for practical improvement of EL and KM systems. The authors used qualitative research and inductive reasoning approaches for this study. Findings show that the proposed model directly impacts EL and KM academics, as well as practitioners, through the adoption of EL and KM systems, and Knowledge Science is enriched by nurturing new concepts and facilitating more opportunities to enhance collaborative, innovative, open, and distributed knowledge sharing and knowledge-adopting culture.
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Aims And Objectives

The aim of this article is to develop an EL and KM adoption model for sharing, updating and adopting the essence of EL and KM. The more particular objectives of the study are to:

  • Present the major theoretical implications of the adoption model.

  • Determine the enabling conditions and provide some suggestions for practical applications of the adoption model

  • Explain the practical implications of the model.


EL has been defined as technology-enabled learning, learning via the internet, learning delivered entirely online, collaborative learning, anytime, anywhere learning, inside and outside classroom learning, computer-based or internet-based learning, ICT-facilitated and supported learning, self-directed learning, web-based interactive learning, innovative approach to distance learning, ubiquitous learning, a broad range of online learning, an innovative way of learning to most people, and any type of learning delivered electronically, etc. (Hodgins & Conner, 2000; Zhang & Nunamaker, 2003; JISC, 2004; Bleimann, 2004; Mccombs & Varkili, 2005; Almulla & Alraqas, 2006; Ruiz et al., 2006; Chowdhury & Chowdhury, 2006; Manjunath & Patil, 2006; Hamada, 2007; Sacchanand, 2008; Lau & Tsui, 2009; Zimnas et al., 2009; Zhang et al., 2010; Assareh & Bidokht, 2011).

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