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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 9, No. 3 (2013) open journal systems 


The utility of the UTAUT model in explaining mobile learning adoption in higher education in Guyana

Troy Devon Thomas, University of Guyana, Guyana
Lenandlar Singh, University of Guyana, Guyana
Kemuel Gaffar, University of Guyana, Guyana


Abstract
In this paper, we compare the utility of modified versions of the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) model in explaining mobile learning adoption in higher education in a developing country and evaluate the size and direction of the impacts of the UTAUT factors on behavioural intention to adopt mobile learning in higher education. The data were obtained through a web survey of university students and the models are estimated in a structural equations modelling framework. Many of the UTAUT relationships are confirmed, but some are contradicted. The results suggest that culture and country level differences moderate the UTAUT effects, hence, a straightforward application of the model regardless of the context can lead to non-detection of important relationships and to suboptimal mobile learning promotion strategies. Including attitude in the model is also a prudent modification since it increases its explanatory power.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556