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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 10, No. 1 (2014) open journal systems 


Determining distance education students’ readiness for mobile learning at University of Ghana using the Theory of Planned Behaviour

Michael Ayitey Tagoe, University of Ghana, Ghana
Ellen Abakah, University of Ghana, Ghana


Abstract
The use of mobile technologies in the classroom is transforming teaching and learning in higher institutions. This study investigated University of Ghana Distance Education students’ perceptions toward mobile learning. The paper using the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) explained how students’ beliefs influenced students’ intention to adopt m-learning. Findings from the study showed that most of the students had mobile phones, and used them for conversation and texting. Young students were more likely to have smart phones that their older colleagues. Factor analysis was further conducted which showed strong loadings of factors such as intentions and perceived behavioural control confirming that the TPB explained the students’ m-learning readiness very well. Thus, attitude, subjective norm and behavioural control influenced students’ intention to adopt m-learning. The results provide valuable information on ways to implement m-learning programmes incorporating the voice and needs of students.


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