An investigation into the existence of barriers to Moodle adoption in an Irish third level educational institute

Lyng, Richie (2011) An investigation into the existence of barriers to Moodle adoption in an Irish third level educational institute. [Conference Proceedings]

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Moodle is a free open-source e-learning software platform also known as a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is generally used to manage courses mainly in third level educational institutions and training environments. VLEs such as Moodle have been installed in most Irish higher education institutions and are an integral part of blended or distance learning. Learners may log into the system to view course content, interact on forums, and complete assessments. Proponents of VLEs claim that they increase flexibility, save time and resources, improve communication, reduce administration, and promote collaboration. Despite these supposed benefits, some lecturers in WIT have not adopted the technology. This research investigates why this is the case, asking if undocumented barriers are preventing staff from adopting Moodle. E-learning and technology adoption literature were reviewed and typical adaption barriers were identified. A technology acceptance model called the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model was employed to detect adoption barriers. A mixed-methods questionnaire was designed based on the UTAUT model which included mainly likert scale quantitative questions and three open-ended qualitative questions. The questionnaire was distributed to all teaching staff in WIT via email and non-Moodle users were asked to complete it. The results were collected and the quantitative data was analysed using a statistical package. The qualitative data was also analysed and a number of themes emerged. The analysis presented some veryinteresting findings with issues relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), training, support, computing experience, time management, student attendance, effort expectancy, and managerial encouragement/acknowledgement all emerging. The research concluded with a set of recommendations to address these issues. This research is of interest to anyone involved in e-learning research, VLE management, or technology adoption research.

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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 08:12
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