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Investigating critical factors for adoption of e-learning in the South Pacific Region

Singh, Gurmeet and Naz, Rafia and Narayan, Jashwini J. (2017) Investigating critical factors for adoption of e-learning in the South Pacific Region. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 14 (2). pp. 41-58. ISSN 1550-6908

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This paper investigates the factors that facilitate or limit the adoption of e-learning in a leading institution of the South Pacific region. Three conjectural perspectives (the Technology Acceptance Model, the Resource-based Theory and the Institutional Theory) were employed and the findings of the study indicate that all of the independent variables (derived from the Resource-based view) are prominent; however, only organizational factors and finance made a positive and significant difference in explaining e-learning diffusion/adoption. Technology and human resources were negative and significant, whilst training and content could not explain e-learning diffusion/adoption. These were attributed to the academics’ limited apprehension related to awareness, commitment to use, methodical expertise, and time expected to accomplish e-learning initiatives, which were competing priorities of academics in the Pacific. Perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use negatively impacted academics’ behavioral intentions. Implications of the conjectural underpinnings were outlined.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Management and Public Administration
Depositing User: Gurmeet Singh
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 23:10
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 23:10

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