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Development and validation of technology acceptance modelling for evaluating user acceptance of an e-learning framework

Danesh Sedigh, Yalda (2013)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The thesis aimed to develop and validate a new theoretical model to assess Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) trainers’ technology acceptance of an e‐learning application associated to the EU EBM Teach the Trainers e‐course. Modelling user interactions with e‐learning applications allows the prediction of how EBM trainers are motivated to use the e‐course in clinical settings. As part of this research, a survey was constructed and analysed using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). TAM was developed into e-TAM, a new model, which can assess a user’s adoption of online learning applications. This thesis used a survey to develop e‐TAM as an extension for technology acceptance of online publications such as the blended learning approach for EBM study. The thesis validated TAM and e‐TAM, which followed an assessment of EBM trainers’ acceptance of the application. Statistical analysis, including reliability with Cronbach’s Alpha, factor analysis and multiple‐regression analysis, were carried out on TAM, e‐TAM and data from the questionnaires that showed the models were valid for this field of study. This assessment found the EBM trainers’ experience, perceived usefulness and attitude toward use as strong predictors of user acceptance of the application. Overall, the most influential factor in the e‐TAM model was Experience.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Arvanitis, Theodoros N.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Subjects:LC Special aspects of education
QA76 Computer software
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:4856
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