Title: The prod of on-site course inflexibility
Authors: Fabien Fenouillet; Jonathan Kaplan
Department of Psychology, Université Paris West Nanterre – La Défense, 200, Avenue de la République, F-92001 Nanterre, France.
Department of Psychology, Université Paris West Nanterre – La Défense, 200, Avenue de la République, F-92001 Nanterre, France
Abstract: The aim of this research was to study the effect of flexibility on e-learning use within the framework of the technology acceptance model (TAM). Concern with flexibility arises from university programmes increasingly blending distance education and on-site learning, made possible by internet-age computer technologies. The use of these technologies is bound to their enabling to break away from time and space constraints. In this context, our results confirm that student choices to use these technologies for their learning are strongly influenced directly and indirectly by the perceived lack of flexibility of on-site course design. The results also indicate that the absence of flexibility of on-site courses has not only more impact on the use of these technologies but also on all other variables in the TAM.
Keywords: technology acceptance model; TAM; flexible learning; distance learning; choice; online learning; e-learning; electronic learning; flexibility.
Int. J. of Learning Technology, 2012 Vol.7, No.2, pp.212 - 227
Available online: 16 Jul 2012