Students’ intention to take online courses in high school: A structural equation model of causality and determinants

Masood Badri, Asma Al Rashedi, Guang Yang, Jihad Mohaidat, Arif Al Hammadi

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Offering an online integrated high-school course or subject for the first time involves many challenges. Better understanding the factors that affect students’ willingness to participate in the experience could provide support for better implementation of such a strategic initiative. In addition, it is important to understand how personal factors can influence the success of such an endeavour. This study develops a comprehensive structural equation model that captures most causal factors related to offering a high-school course online for the first time. A sample of public and private secondary school students (Grades 10, 11 and 12) in Abu Dhabi were administered an online survey regarding offering free online courses. The instrument was reviewed by other experts in curriculum, information technology and teaching and learning. The final instrument contained dimensions related to student perception of ease of use of e-learning, usefulness, self-efficacy, skills, style, student self-reported performance in certain subjects, use of social media, school support, teacher support, general support, access to the internet, and preferences behavioural intentions to use e-learning. The analysis provides a structural equation model with acceptable statistical fits and with many significant causal relationships. The paths representing direct and indirect effects of the construct predictors on intention to use provided statistical evidence of the validity of the 13 component predictors. Results show significant links between intention to use e-learning, perception of easiness, perception of usefulness, and other factors such as user characteristics and support. Use of social network affect intention to use e-learning indirectly thorough other variables. Limitations and implications of the study in general and as it concerns Abu Dhabi are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-497
Number of pages27
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • E-learning
  • Ease of use
  • Intention to use and Abu Dhabi
  • Learning Style
  • Learning preferences
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-perception
  • Study habits
  • Usefulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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