An empirical investigation of student acceptance of course websites

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    The World Wide Web (WWW) is the future in teaching and learning. This paper uses the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) constructs of usefulness and ease of use to assess university students' acceptance of course websites as an effective learning tool. A survey instrument was distributed to 450 undergraduate students and a total of 403 usable responses were obtained. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were implemented using structural equation modeling techniques through LISREL version 8.52. A structural equation model was used to fit and validate the Course Website Acceptance Model (CWAM) and the results indicated good fit to the data. Course website usefulness and ease of use proved to be key determinants of the acceptance and usage of course website as an effective and efficient learning technology. The causal relationships between the constructs considered by the CWAM were well supported, accounting for 83% of the total variance in the course website acceptance and usage.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-360
    Number of pages18
    JournalComputers and Education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - May 2003


    • Computer-mediated communication
    • Improving classroom teaching
    • Media in education
    • Teaching/learning strategies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Computer Science
    • Education


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