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E-learning and task-technology fit: A student and instructor comparison

McGill, T.J. and Hobbs, V.J. (2006) E-learning and task-technology fit: A student and instructor comparison. In: 17th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 6-8 December 2006, Adelaide, Australia

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Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are widespread in higher education today, typically used to deliver instructional materials and facilitate communication within a course. This study aimed to investigate the tasktechnology fit of VLEs for their two main groups of users: instructors and students, using the VLE WebCT. Tasktechnology fit, user satisfaction, attitude towards use and anticipated consequences of use were found to be significantly higher for students than for instructors. Instructors were found to have higher perceptions of social norms and higher perceptions of facilitating conditions than students. However, there was no difference between the instructors and students in level of utilisation of the VLE. Students perceived that the VLE had higher impacts on their learning compared with instructors’ perceptions regarding their teaching. These results suggest that despite high levels of support acknowledged by instructors, they may still be unsure about the contribution of VLEs to their teaching.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Information Technology
Publisher: Australasian Association for Information Systems
Copyright: Tanya McGill and Valerie Hobbs © 2006.
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Notes: Jenkins A & Spencer S (eds). Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Conference on Information Systems. Adelaide, Australia. 6-8 December 2006
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