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34 The Application of Structural Equation Modeling Technique to Analyze Students Priorities in Using Course Management Systems

By Billy M. Kalema, Oludayo O. Olugbara and Ray M. Kekwaletswe

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to report on the application of Structural Equation Model (SEM) to analyze factors that influence students ‘ priorities when selecting a Course Management System (CMS). A Conformation Factor Analysis (CFA) was performed to test the reliability and validity of the measurement model. The study is motivated by the inconsistencies, duplication and loss of integrity of data caused by simultaneous usage of two CMS-WebCT and Electronic Campus (EC) e-learning tools in the faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Tshwane University of Technology. A composite model of Diffusion of Innovations (DOI) theory and Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) was used to predict actual selection of CMS when mediated by prioritization. Results indicated that the complexity of WebCT negatively influences students ‘ prioritization, whereas perceived ease of use and less complexity of EC drives them towards its selection. This paper provides an insight for antecedent factors essential for planning and implementing CMSs. The developed framework is expected to act as a guide for university administrators in making informed decision about investing in e-learnin

Topics: E-learning tools, Course Management Systems, Structural Equation Modeling, Technology Acceptance, Diffusion of Innovations
Year: 2013
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