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Technology Acceptance in Academic Organisations: Implementation of Virtual Learning Environments
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling. Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
2006 (engelsk)Inngår i: In Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Information Systems, Gothenburg, Sweden., 2006Konferansepaper, Publicerat paper (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents findings from an ongoing cross-cultural study exploring implementation of VirtualLearning Environments (VLEs) in higher education. Semi-structured interviews were made with keypersonnel at three university departments providing public health education in Lithuania, Norway andSweden during 2004-2005. Technology acceptance in the context of the innovation decision processwas focused during the interviews. The data was analyzed from the perspectives of innovationdiffusion theory and Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). Findings giveevidence that a high degree of performance expectancy among university staff seems to enhance theimplementation process. Factors found to obstruct the implementation process were: 1) the concept of“academic freedom” put forward as an argument for not using educational technology, and 2) anorganisational culture depicting teaching on campus as the ideal pedagogical approach.

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2006.
Emneord [en]
Technology Acceptance, Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology, Diffusion of innovations, Virtual Learning Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14637OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14637DiVA, id: diva2:24070
Tilgjengelig fra: 2007-09-21 Laget: 2007-09-21
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1. Virtual Learning Environments in Higher Education: A Study of User Acceptance
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2007 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the thesis was to create knowledge about factors influencing acceptance of virtual learning environments among academic staff and students in blended learning environments. The aim was operationalised by four research questions. To answer the research questions, several studies were performed applying the methods of survey study, conceptual-analytical research, a qualitative meta-analysis combined with a single case study and a comparative, explanatory case study. The empirical studies were performed at five universities in Sweden, Norway and Lithuania. In the thesis, a technology acceptance perspective extended with the perspectives of organisational learning and diffusion of innovations was used. The findings indicated that the contextual factor of culture was powerful in influencing acceptance of virtual learning environments, positively as well as negatively. High degrees of performance expectancy, results demonstrability and social influence affected acceptance of virtual learning environments positively. The degree of social influence was hypothesised to be mediated by the contextual factor of culture. The organisational culture of universities, expressed as shared values of what is good quality teaching and learning, were found to partly oppose values inherent in the virtual learning environments. The factor of students’ learning styles did not have any impact on acceptance of virtual learning environments. The original version of the technology acceptance model was found to be insufficient in explaining differences in acceptance of virtual learning environments. In the conclusions of the thesis, a descriptive and explanatory model of virtual learning environments acceptance among academic staff and students in blended learning environments is presented applying the combined perspectives of organisational learning, technology acceptance and diffusion of innovations. Implications for practice are put forward, emphasizing culture as an important factor to consider in the implementation of virtual learning environments.

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Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, 2007. s. 137
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1114
Emneord
e-learning, web-based learning, virtual learning environment, technology acceptance, organisational learning, diffusion of innovations
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Forskningsprogram
Ekonomiska informationssystem
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-9665 (URN)9789185831463 (ISBN)
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2007-10-01, Hörsal Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (engelsk)
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2007-09-21 Laget: 2007-09-21 Sist oppdatert: 2018-01-22

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