n South African Journal of Higher Education - Factors predicting English second-language students' use of Web-based information systems : implications for student support
|Article Title||Factors predicting English second-language students' use of Web-based information systems : implications for student support|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Author||C. Nel and C. Dreyer|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||129 - 143|
With the growing reliance on computerised systems and increasing rapidity of the introduction of new technologies into many tertiary courses, learner acceptance and use of technology is an important issue. The purpose of this article is to identify the factors that may predict English second-language (ESL) students' perceived ease of use as well as their overall use of Varsite, a Web-based information system, developed at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). The results indicated that students' reading abilities explained approximately 88 per cent of the variance of perceived ease of use, whereas application-specific self-efficacy, ease of use, enjoyment, and outcome expectations are major factors predicting English second-language students' overall use of Varsite. Implications for student support are discussed.
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