Factors That Affect the Usage Intention of Virtual Learning Objects by College Students

Diana Gaviria, Juan Arango, Alejandro Valencia-Arias, Lucia Palacios-Moya, Rosa Velez Holguin, Ada Lucia Gallegos Ruiz

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In recent years, the introduction of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) into several aspects of daily life has become more relevant, particularly in higher education. This phenomenon has resulted in a digital integration that involves the infrastructure of higher education institutions as well as the materials used in the teaching process. Therefore, a study was conducted to investigate the factors that determine usage intention of Virtual Learning Objects (VLOs) by college students in finance and accounting programs in the city of Medellín. This quantitative research employed 86 self-administered questionnaires that enabled us to identify a positive association between attitude toward usage, subjective norms, and the intention to employ this type of content as a learning strategy. In conclusion, models like this need to be developed to understand the acceptance of new technologies in learning processes from different perspectives, and even more so considering that most of the existing literature regarding the subject has been focused on qualitative studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number65
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Corporación Universitaria Americana, Fundacion Universitaria Católica del Norte, and Institución Universitaria Escolme, grant number PC201501. We would like to thank ITM Translation Agency for language editing the original manuscript.

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  • computer-aided teaching
  • higher education
  • online learning
  • quantitative analysis
  • student behavior


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