The Students’ Acceptance and Use of Their University’s Virtual Learning Environment

Camilleri, M.A. & Camilleri, A.C. (2020). The students’ acceptance and use of their university’s virtual learning environment. In Chen, K.C., Ma, Y., & Kawamura, M., The 11th International Conference on E-Education, E-Business, E-Management, and E-Learning (IC4E 2020). Ritsumeikan University, Osaka,

16 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2020

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Mark Anthony Camilleri

University of Malta; University of Edinburgh

Adriana Camilleri

University of Bath - Department of Psychology

Date Written: January 11, 2020

Abstract

The proliferation of digital and mobile devices, including; smartphones and tablets has led policy makers and practitioners to include these ubiquitous technologies in the realms of education. A thorough review of the relevant literature suggests that both students as well as their course instructors are becoming increasingly acquainted with the adoption of education technologies in the higher educational context. Hence, this study explores the university students’ readiness to engage with the virtual learning environment (VLE). The methodology has integrated measuring items that were drawn from the educational technology literature, including the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology, to better understand the students’ perceptions towards VLE. It investigated whether they were influenced by their instructors or by fellow students to use VLE. The results suggest that most of the research participants were using this technology as they believed that it supported them in their learning outcomes. The findings also revealed that the students were not coerced by their course instructors or by other individuals to engage with VLE. Moreover, the university’s facilitating conditions had a significant effect on the participants’ usage of VLE. In conclusion, this contribution puts forward key implications to practitioners. It also clarifies the limitations of this study and proposes future research directions.

Keywords: technology acceptance, theory of planned behavior, higher education, mobile, mobile learning, virtual learning, virtual learning environment

JEL Classification: I2, I20, I23, M31, O3, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Camilleri, Mark and Camilleri, Adriana, The Students’ Acceptance and Use of Their University’s Virtual Learning Environment (January 11, 2020). Camilleri, M.A. & Camilleri, A.C. (2020). The students’ acceptance and use of their university’s virtual learning environment. In Chen, K.C., Ma, Y., & Kawamura, M., The 11th International Conference on E-Education, E-Business, E-Management, and E-Learning (IC4E 2020). Ritsumeikan University, Osaka,, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3521833

Mark Camilleri (Contact Author)

University of Malta ( email )

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Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
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University of Edinburgh

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Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JS
United Kingdom

Adriana Camilleri

University of Bath - Department of Psychology ( email )

United Kingdom

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