Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Students' Perceptions of a Mobile Application for College Course Management Systems
by Mathur, Roopa, Ph.D., Walden University, 2011, 179; 3466835
Abstract (Summary)

Higher education administrators need data on student perceptions to support their decision making regarding mobile learning (m-learning) applications. There is a lack of research addressing students’ perceptions of mobile applications for course management systems (CMS). The findings of this study may help administrators understand students’ perceptions of a CMS m-learning application, Blackboard Mobile Learn (BML). This m-learning application is available on mobile devices, such as the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry smartphones. The purpose of this quantitative survey study was to explore the linear relationship between the independent variables of students’ perceptions of usefulness and students’ perceptions of ease of use with the dependent variable of the students’ intent to use BML. The technology acceptance model (TAM) provided the theoretical framework. The study was a survey-based cross-sectional design in which 98 students from 2 community colleges were polled. The results of multiple regression analyses indicated that students’ perceptions of usefulness and students’ perceptions of ease of use were both significantly and positively related to students’ intent to use BML. The results of t tests for population means where the variances are unknown confirmed the students’ intent to use many of the specific functions of BML: Announcements, Information, Contacts, and My Grades. The findings were inconclusive for Discussions, Assignments, and Course Documents. This study is significant in that it provides college administrators and faculty with supportive data, giving students a new educational platform: mobile learning. The key positive social change provided is a CMS m-learning solution for students to be lifelong learners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lyncheski, Stephanie
Commitee: Kilmer, Robert, Makrigeorgis, Christos
School: Walden University
Department: Applied Management and Decision Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 72/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Web Studies, Educational technology, Information science
Keywords: Blackboard, Course management system, Higher education, Mobile application, Mobile learning, Technology acceptance, Technology acceptance model
Publication Number: 3466835
ISBN: 978-1-124-80653-2
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