E-Learning System's Acceptance: A Comparative Study

E-Learning System's Acceptance: A Comparative Study

Emad Abu-Shanab
DOI: 10.4018/ijwltt.2014100101
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The major limitation for adopting e-learning systems is students and teachers perceptions of such applications. EduWave is a system implemented in Jordan, to be used by teachers, students and other stakeholders in public schools in the country. This study tried to contrast the perceptions of students and teachers and conclude to future agenda for improving the success chances of such systems. The research utilized results from two empirical studies, with 2 surveys applied to both teachers and students to probe their opinions regarding the obstacles facing EduWave utilization, the advantages and disadvantages of the system, the functionalities used, and the factors influencing the adoption. Results supported the original Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), with significant prediction of intentions to use EduWave through perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use for both teachers and students. Also, teachers and students results did not support the role of trust in the process. Conclusions and future work are stated at the end.
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2. E-Learning Systems

Electronic learning (e-learning) became a necessity for the success and prosperity of education. Although e-learning became a necessity, still many universities and schools are not adopting it fully. Education depends on face-to-face interaction between teachers and students, where technology became a channel for interaction and rich communication (Abu-Shanab, Ababneh & Momani, 2013). Also, the Internet bridged the place and time gap and facilitated the teaching/learning process. E-learning is the utilization of computing technology in universities and schools to facilitate education. Some modes of integrating technology into learning are becoming more popular like: information exploration, coordination, mental tools integration, web-based cooperative learning, problem-oriented integration strategies, information technology (IT) integration and learning assessment, and a technology integrated education (named energy education), where students are adaptive learners (Liao & Chen, 2010).

E-learning refers to distributing learning materials and lectures by teachers to students through a communication channel (Vlahovic et al., 2011) to execute all required tasks by teachers as well as learners through supporting the interaction among them easily, which results in a better usability of the e-learning system (Muhammad et al., 2011). Many learning theories were used, in the context of e-learning, in physical classroom situations and have been adopted and validated like: learning in an adaptive community, collaborative learning, scaffolding, and scenario learning (Tsai, 2011).

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