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Solving the Puzzle of Mobile Learning Adoption

Yong Liu, Solving the Puzzle of Mobile Learning Adoption. TUCS Dissertations 134. Turku Centre for Computer Science, 2011.


The dissertation seeks to explore how to improve users‘ adoption of mobile learning in current education systems. Considering the difference between basic and tertiary education in China, the research consists of two separate but interrelated parts, which focus on the use of mobile learning in basic and tertiary education contexts, respectively.

In the dissertation, two adoption frameworks are developed based on previous studies. The frameworks are then evaluated using different technologies. Concerning mobile learning use in basic education settings, case study methodology is utilized. A leading provider of mobile learning services and products in China, Noah Ltd., is investigated. Multiple sources of evidence are collected to test the framework.

Regarding mobile learning adoption in tertiary education contexts, survey research methodology is utilized. Based on 209 useful responses, the framework is evaluated using structural equation modelling technology. Four proposed determinants of intention to use are evaluated, which are perceived ease of use, perceived near-term usefulness, perceived long-term usefulness and personal innovativeness.

The dissertation provides a number of new insights for both researchers and practitioners. In particular, the dissertation specifies a practical solution to deal with the disruptive effects of mobile learning in basic education, which keeps the use of mobile learning away from the schools across such as European countries. A list of new and innovative mobile learning technologies is systematically introduced as well. Further, the research identifies several key factors driving mobile learning adoption in tertiary education settings. In theory, the dissertation suggests that since the technology acceptance model is initiated in work-oriented innovations by testing employees, it is not necessarily the best model for studying educational innovations. The results also suggest that perceived long term usefulness for educational systems should be as important as perceived usefulness for utilitarian systems, and perceived enjoyment for hedonic systems. A classification based on the nature of systems purpose (utilitarian, hedonic or educational) would contribute to a better understanding of the essence of IT innovation adoption.


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BibTeX entry:

  title = {Solving the Puzzle of Mobile Learning Adoption},
  author = {Liu, Yong},
  number = {134},
  series = {TUCS Dissertations},
  school = {Turku Centre for Computer Science},
  year = {2011},
  keywords = {mobile learning, technology acceptance, disruptive effects, long-term usefulness, basic education},
  ISBN = {978-952-12-2581-9},

Belongs to TUCS Research Unit(s): Institute for Advanced Management Systems Research (IAMSR)

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