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Approach to M-learning Acceptance Among University Students

An Integrated Model of TPB and TAM

  • Isabel Gómez-Ramirez Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (ITM)
  • Alejandro Valencia-Arias Corporación Universitaria Americana
  • Laura Duque Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (ITM)
Keywords: mobile learning, adoption factors, TPB, TAM, university students.


A growing number of higher education institutions have adopted tools to promote mobile learning. However, studies into the driving factors of its adoption are insufficient. This article identifies the aspects that have an effect on the adoption of mobile learning (m-learning) among university students. The theory of planned behavior (TPB) and technology acceptance model (TAM) have been shown to be valid and powerful models in the research on the adoption of learning technologies. Based on TPB and TAM, we propose a model to explain how perceptions influence m-learning adoption among Colombian university students. To confirm the acceptability of the model, a self-administered questionnaire was applied to 878 undergraduate university students from the Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (ITM), a higher education institution in Colombia The results suggest that all of the constructs of TPB and TAM have a moderate impact on the intention to adopt m-learning. Specifically, perceived usefulness and attitude have a significant influence on students’ acceptance of m-learning. These results can stimulate future research and promote an effective diffusion of m-learning in developing countries.

How to Cite
Gómez-Ramirez, I., Valencia-Arias, A., & Duque, L. (2019). Approach to M-learning Acceptance Among University Students. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 20(3).
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