The Acceptance and Use of Mobile Learning Applications in Higher Education

Camilleri, M.A. & Camilleri, A.C. (2019). The Acceptance and Use of Mobile Learning Applications in Higher Education. In Pfennig, A. & Chen, K.C. (Eds.), 3rd International Conference on Education and eLearning (ICEEL2019), Barcelona, Spain.

6 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2019

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Mark Anthony Camilleri

University of Malta; University of Edinburgh

Adriana Camilleri

University of Bath - Department of Psychology

Date Written: November 5, 2019

Abstract

Many individuals are increasingly using ubiquitous technologies, including interactive applications (apps) that are widely available on our mobile devices, including the smart phones and tablets. Therefore, in the last few years, educators and policy makers have introduced mobile learning (m-learning) technologies in order to support their students during their learning journey. A thorough literature review suggests that there are several contributions in academia that have investigated the students’ acceptance and use of technology, in different contexts. In this light, this research has integrated valid and reliable measures from the Technology Acceptance Model and the Theory of Planned Behavior to better understand the university students’ readiness to engage with mobile technologies for educational purposes. Specifically, this study explores the perceived usefulness and ease of use of m-learning technologies. Moreover, it investigated whether the research participants were influenced by their friends, acquaintances and educators to engage with these technologies and/or by the facilitating conditions at their university. The findings revealed that students held positive attitudes toward the m-learning technologies as they perceived them as useful and easy to use. Moreover, the university’s facilitating conditions had a significant effect on the students’ usage of these technologies. This study also reported that the students’ social influences did not have an effect on their intention to use these devices.

Keywords: Technology Acceptance Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology, Mobile Learning, M-Learning, University, Higher Education

JEL Classification: I2, I23, I24, O3, O30, O31, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Camilleri, Mark and Camilleri, Adriana, The Acceptance and Use of Mobile Learning Applications in Higher Education (November 5, 2019). Camilleri, M.A. & Camilleri, A.C. (2019). The Acceptance and Use of Mobile Learning Applications in Higher Education. In Pfennig, A. & Chen, K.C. (Eds.), 3rd International Conference on Education and eLearning (ICEEL2019), Barcelona, Spain., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3449405

Mark Camilleri (Contact Author)

University of Malta ( email )

Department of Corporate Communication,
Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
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Malta
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University of Edinburgh

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The Business School
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JS
United Kingdom

Adriana Camilleri

University of Bath - Department of Psychology ( email )

United Kingdom

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