The influence of system characteristics on e-learning use

Keenan A. Pituch, Yao kuei Lee

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The benefits of an e-learning system will not be maximized unless learners use the system. This study proposed and tested alternative models that seek to explain student intention to use an e-learning system when the system is used as a supplementary learning tool within a traditional class or a stand-alone distance education method. The models integrated determinants from the well-established technology acceptance model as well as system and participant characteristics cited in the research literature. Following a demonstration and use phase of the e-learning system, data were collected from 259 college students. Structural equation modeling provided better support for a model that hypothesized stronger effects of system characteristics on e-learning system use. Implications for both researchers and practitioners are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-244
Number of pages23
JournalComputers and Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult learning
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Distance education and telelearning
  • E-learning
  • Web-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education


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