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TitleEmpathic technologies for distance and mobile learning: an empirical research based on Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT)
Author(s)Isaias, Pedro
Reis, Francisco
Coutinho, Clara Pereira
Lencastre, José Alberto
KeywordsMobile and distance learning
Empathic systems
Affective technology
UTAUT model
Attitude towards technology
Attitude toward technology
Issue date2017
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
JournalInteractive Technology and Smart Education
CitationIsaías, P., Reis, F., Coutinho, C., & Lencastre, J. A. (2017). Empathic technologies for distance/mobile learning: an empirical research based on the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 14(2), 159-180.
Abstract(s)Purpose – This paper examines the acceptance, of a group of 79 students, of an educational forum, used for mobile and distance learning, that has been modified to include empathic characteristics and affective principles. Design/methodology/approach – With this study is proposed that the introduction of empathic and affective principles in educational forums is a useful and effective way to increase students’ participation and motivation in educational contexts. After an analysis of existing literature and research on the subject of empathic technology, the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) was used as a framework for our research model. The analysis of their acceptance is done via an extended version of the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) that focuses on the use of the variable attitude toward technology and uses Gender, Age and Experience as moderators. A Partial Least Square technique has been used to test the nine hypotheses. Findings – The results confirmed three of the nine hypothesis: performance expectancy and effort expectancy had a positive influence on the students attitudes towards empathic forums, while the effect of social influence and facilitating conditions was considered insignificant; social influence had a positive influence on the students’ behavioural intention to use emphatic forums, while attitude towards technology, performance expectancy, facilitating conditions and effort expectancy were considered not relevant. Originality/value – The focus of this study was the influence of attitude toward empathic forums, used for mobile and distance learning, and the results establish the grounds for future research on attitude as an important determinant of technology acceptance.
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