Do Learners’ Characteristics Matter? An Exploration of Mobile-learning Adoption in Self-directed Learning

Karimi, Sahar (2016) Do Learners’ Characteristics Matter? An Exploration of Mobile-learning Adoption in Self-directed Learning. Computers in Human Behavior, 63. pp. 769-776. ISSN 0747-5632 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.06.014

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Abstract

This paper aims to identify individual characteristics that motivate learners to use mobile-learning. It sheds light on our current knowledge by a) examining an m-learning adoption model which accounts for learners’ characteristics (learning style and personal innovativeness) in addition to previously studied mobile platform characteristics and b) considering the context in which learning occurs (formal and informal). A framework has been introduced and empirically tested. Results suggest that individuals’ learning style and perceived playfulness influence m-learning usage in both learning situations; while performance expectancy and personal innovativeness are only influential in specific learning contexts. This study highlights the role of learners’ characteristics in m-learning adoption and emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between various types of m-learning. This multi-disciplinary research enriches m-learning literature and offers practical implications for educators using mobile technologies as well as developers of virtual learning platforms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile-learning, e-learning, web-based learning, technology adoption, learning style
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Business and Management
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 10:42
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/7820

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