A pilot investigation of the determinants and benefits of the discussion forum use in the E-learning context

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Abstract

The use of e-learning initiatives in the academic and training institutions has been increasing in last few years. International reports emphasized the importance to use information communication technology to build human resources. This pilot study qualitatively investigated the determinants and benefits of the students' use of the discussion forum in the e-learning context. Data was collected from students in an academic institution in Oman through a questionnaire. This study found that system's speed, ease of use and availability are the main technical determinants of the discussion forum use; whereas information quality, time, rewards, and instructor support are the main nontechnical determinants of the discussion forum use. In addition, the results suggested that students gain individual benefits from their use of the discussion forum; such of these benefits are expanding knowledge, sharing ideas, improved English language skills and improved communications with others.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternet and Information Systems in the Digital Age
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Solutions - Proceedings of the 7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006
PublisherInternational Business Information Management Association, IBIMA
Pages283-288
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780975339367
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006 - Brescia, Italy
Duration: Dec 14 2006Dec 16 2006

Other

Other7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006
CountryItaly
CityBrescia
Period12/14/0612/16/06

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Information Systems and Management

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Al-Busaidi, K. A. (2006). A pilot investigation of the determinants and benefits of the discussion forum use in the E-learning context. In Internet and Information Systems in the Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions - Proceedings of the 7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006 (pp. 283-288). International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA.

A pilot investigation of the determinants and benefits of the discussion forum use in the E-learning context. / Al-Busaidi, Kamla Ali.

Internet and Information Systems in the Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions - Proceedings of the 7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006. International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA, 2006. p. 283-288.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Al-Busaidi, KA 2006, A pilot investigation of the determinants and benefits of the discussion forum use in the E-learning context. in Internet and Information Systems in the Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions - Proceedings of the 7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006. International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA, pp. 283-288, 7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006, Brescia, Italy, 12/14/06.
Al-Busaidi KA. A pilot investigation of the determinants and benefits of the discussion forum use in the E-learning context. In Internet and Information Systems in the Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions - Proceedings of the 7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006. International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA. 2006. p. 283-288
Al-Busaidi, Kamla Ali. / A pilot investigation of the determinants and benefits of the discussion forum use in the E-learning context. Internet and Information Systems in the Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions - Proceedings of the 7th International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2006. International Business Information Management Association, IBIMA, 2006. pp. 283-288
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