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Title: Factors influencing female undergraduate students' acceptance of, and motivation to use, tablet computers for learning
Author: Alomary, Azza Mohammad
ISNI:       0000 0004 6347 8124
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2017
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M-learning can play an important role in the development of teaching and learning methods for higher education. Nevertheless, the successful implementation of m-learning in higher education will be dependent on users' acceptance of this technology. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to give a better understanding of female undergraduate students' attitudes towards using tablet computers in learning through exploring factors that influence students' motivation to use and their acceptance of tablet use in learning. This study explores female students' preferred ways of learning when using tablets, as well as the barriers to tablet use, in the context of higher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The research develops a new model which integrates the original technology acceptance model (TAM) with self-determination theory (SDT), and names it Motivation and Acceptance of Learning with Tablet (MALT). The new model is developed initially from the literature and then verified through students' perspectives gained from twenty semi-structured interviews in the first phase. The complete model is validated further based on students' perspectives gathered via 303 online questionnaires in the second phase, and then finally validated by using responses of experts gathered via three semi-structured interviews in the third phase. The study follows an exploratory sequential mixed methods design which gathers qualitative and quantitative data in an ordered sequence. Thematic analysis is used to analyse the interviews and exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis as well as structural equation modelling to analyse the questionnaire. The study outcomes are a new research model (MALT) and a validated metric. The research used a systematic mixed methods triangulation approach to identifying the factors of students' motivation to use and their acceptance of tablet use for learning, which may be useful for future researchers in the area of acceptance of mobile technology enhanced learning. Also, there are statistics results and recommendations that can be brought to the attention of policy makers regarding tablet use in higher education. The research contributes to the body of knowledge in the educational technology field instrumentally, theoretically, methodologically and practically.
Supervisor: Woollard, William Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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