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Factors Affecting MOOC Usage by Students in Selected Ghanaian Universities

Version 1 : Received: 18 March 2018 / Approved: 19 March 2018 / Online: 19 March 2018 (10:44:48 CET)

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Fianu, E.; Blewett, C.; Ampong, G.O.A.; Ofori, K.S. Factors Affecting MOOC Usage by Students in Selected Ghanaian Universities. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 70. Fianu, E.; Blewett, C.; Ampong, G.O.A.; Ofori, K.S. Factors Affecting MOOC Usage by Students in Selected Ghanaian Universities. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 70.

Journal reference: Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 70
DOI: 10.3390/educsci8020070

Abstract

There has been widespread criticism about the rates of participation of students enrolled on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), more importantly, the percentage of students who actively consume course materials from beginning to the end. This study sought to investigate this trend by examining the factors that influence MOOC adoption and use by students in selected Ghanaian universities. The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) was extended to develop a research model. A survey was conducted with 270 questionnaires administered to students who had been assigned MOOCs; 204 questionnaires were retrieved for analysis. Findings of the study show that MOOC usage intention is influenced by computer self-efficacy, performance expectancy, and system quality. Results also showed that MOOC usage is influenced by facilitating conditions, instructional quality, and MOOC usage intention. Social influence and effort expectancy were found not to have a significant influence on MOOC usage intention. The authors conclude that universities must have structures and resources in place to promote the use of MOOCs by students.   Computer skills training should also be part of the educational curriculum at all levels. MOOC designers must ensure good instructional quality by using the right pedagogical approaches and also ensure that the sites and learning materials are of good quality.

Subject Areas

e-learning; technology adoption; MOOC; UTAUT; PLS-SEM

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