Do Learners’ Characteristics Matter? An Exploration of Mobile-learning Adoption in Self-directed Learning

Sahar Karimi

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Abstract

This paper aims to identify individual characteristics that motivate learners to use mobile-learning. It sheds light on our current knowledge by a) examining an m-learning adoption model which accounts for learners’ characteristics (learning style and personal innovativeness) in addition to previously studied mobile platform characteristics and b) considering the context in which learning occurs (formal and informal). A framework has been introduced and empirically tested. Results suggest that individuals’ learning style and perceived playfulness influence m-learning usage in both learning situations; while performance expectancy and personal innovativeness are only influential in specific learning contexts. This study highlights the role of learners’ characteristics in m-learning adoption and emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between various types of m-learning. This multi-disciplinary research enriches m-learning literature and offers practical implications for educators using mobile technologies as well as developers of virtual learning platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-776
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume63
Early online date20 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • mobile-learning
  • e-learning
  • web-based learning
  • technology adoption
  • learning style

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