n South African Journal of Higher Education - Investigating UKZN students' adoption and utilisation of personal cloud technologies

Volume 29, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The personal cloud is a rapidly emerging technology with applications in both the personal and education domains. Despite the rapid emergence of the personal cloud, there exists limited research into the adoption and utilisation of personal cloud technologies, particularly by university students in a developing country. Using the questionnaire responses of 137 students at various university levels, and using the Personal Cloud Adoption Model (PCAM) as a theoretical lens, this article reports on a study that investigated the factors influencing the adoption of personal cloud technologies by students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, South Africa. the authors argue that whilst the personal cloud is crucial in the future of higher education, there are certain institutional challenges that must be overcome before the benefits of the personal cloud in higher education are realised. the need for an appropriate paradigmatic change by universities, in order to effectively use these new technologies, is discussed.

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