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Investigating university academics behavioural intention in the adoption of e-learning in a time of COVID-19

Joseph N. Jere
SA Journal of Information Management | Vol 22, No 1 | a1280 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v22i1.1280 | © 2020 Joseph N. Jere | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 July 2020 | Published: 21 December 2020

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Joseph N. Jere, Discipline of Information Systems and Technology, College of Law and Management Studies, KwaZulu-Natal University, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: The coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) has extensively impacted various sectors globally, including higher education. The indefinite closure of Universities has necessitated the need to introduce alternative teaching and learning methods and tools. E-learning a disruptive innovation has provided an opportunity to allow for continuity of teaching and learning in Universities during these closures.

Objectives: The study adopts Teo's model as the analytical tool to investigate factors that influence University lecturers to adopt e-learning platforms in South Africa.

Method: The study followed a quantitative research approach with stratified sampling as a data collection approach using a sample size of 132 respondents. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) was adopted to deduce factors that influence the behavioural Intention (BIU) to adopt e-learning as well as to test the Model fit of Teo's model in the South African context.

Results: The study revealed that the lecturer's attitude towards the use (ATU) of e-learning is the most influential construct towards lecturers behavioural Intention to use (BIU) e-learning platforms. The empirical evidence also revealed that Teo's model is a reasonable fit to the data to understand the adoption of e-learning by lecturers in South African universities.

Conclusion: The empirical evidence from this study supports the viewpoint that in order for lecturers to successfully adopt e-learning platforms, their attitude towards the use of these platforms is a critical factor. In order to understand lecturer’s adoption of e-learning platforms successfully, Teo's model is a reasonably good framework to use.


Keywords

e-learning; structural equation modelling; Information Communication Technology; Behavioural Intention to Use; Fourth Industrial Revolution; Teo’s model.

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