Assessing the intention to use e‐book among engineering undergraduates in Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Assessing the intention to use e‐book among engineering undergraduates in Universiti Putra... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the intention of using e‐books as learning material among undergraduates from an engineering department by using the technology acceptance model (TAM) and gender as its external variable. Design/methodology/approach – A survey through questionnaire was conducted to collect data from the respondents. Data from 169 respondents who had experience in using e‐book were analyzed in terms of factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Results – The analysis shows that perceived ease of use is positively related to perceived usefulness. Perceived usefulness has significant effect on attitude and intention to use e‐books. Meanwhile, attitude has significant effect on intention to use. However, perceived ease of use has no significant effect on attitude towards using e‐books. In addition, gender appeared to have no significant effects either on perceived ease of use or perceived usefulness. Research limitations/implications – The study did not utilize the entire TAM where actual technology use is not included in this study. Practical implications – The study is important in terms of obtaining better understanding of e‐book reading intention among engineering undergraduates who are the real users of e‐books. By obtaining the respondents' perception on their intentions, action can be taken on how to motivate the non‐users of e‐books to form the intention to use e‐books. Originality/value – This is believed to be the first published study of engineering undergraduates' intention on using e‐books in Universiti Putra Malaysia. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

Assessing the intention to use e‐book among engineering undergraduates in Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Library Hi Tech, Volume 29 (3): 17 – Sep 6, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/07378831111174459
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the intention of using e‐books as learning material among undergraduates from an engineering department by using the technology acceptance model (TAM) and gender as its external variable. Design/methodology/approach – A survey through questionnaire was conducted to collect data from the respondents. Data from 169 respondents who had experience in using e‐book were analyzed in terms of factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Results – The analysis shows that perceived ease of use is positively related to perceived usefulness. Perceived usefulness has significant effect on attitude and intention to use e‐books. Meanwhile, attitude has significant effect on intention to use. However, perceived ease of use has no significant effect on attitude towards using e‐books. In addition, gender appeared to have no significant effects either on perceived ease of use or perceived usefulness. Research limitations/implications – The study did not utilize the entire TAM where actual technology use is not included in this study. Practical implications – The study is important in terms of obtaining better understanding of e‐book reading intention among engineering undergraduates who are the real users of e‐books. By obtaining the respondents' perception on their intentions, action can be taken on how to motivate the non‐users of e‐books to form the intention to use e‐books. Originality/value – This is believed to be the first published study of engineering undergraduates' intention on using e‐books in Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Journal

Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 6, 2011

Keywords: Technology acceptance model; Undergraduates; Gender; Malaysia; Information technology; E‐books; E‐learning

References

  • E‐books at bookexpo in New York
    Cassell, K.A.; Mercado, M.I.
  • Investigating healthcare professionals' decisions to accept telemedicine technology: an empirical test of competing theories
    Chau, P.Y.K.; Hu, P.J.‐H.

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