Modeling Students’ Readiness to Adopt Mobile Learning in Higher Education: An Empirical Study

Keywords: mobile learning, m-learning adoption, e-learning, technology acceptance, perceived enjoyment, self-management of learning, developed countries


Mobile devices are increasingly coming to penetrate people's daily lives. Mobile learning (m-learning) is viewed as key to the coming era of electronic learning (e-learning). In the meantime, the use of mobile devices for learning has made a significant contribution to delivering education among higher education students worldwide. However, while m-learning is being widely adopted in developed countries, the adoption of such an approach in developing countries is still immature and underdeveloped. Developing countries are facing several challenges and lagging behind in terms of adopting m-learning in higher education. Thus, this paper explores the factors that have an impact on students’ intentions and readiness to adopt m-learning in higher education in Jordan. Based on the data collected from the field, we examine Jordanian students' requirements and preferences in terms of m-learning design, and we also investigate their concerns about adopting m-learning. This empirical study collected data from students using a paper-based questionnaire. The results reveal that students' intentions to adopt m-learning is influenced by several factors that include the relative advantage, complexity, social influence, perceived enjoyment, and the self-management of learning. By providing a picture of students' willingness to adopt m-learning, this study offers useful and beneficial implications for developers of m-learning applications and for educational providers to guide the design and implementation of comprehensive m-learning systems.

Author Biographies

Ahmad Samed Al-Adwan, Assistant Professor of Information Systems - Business School at Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Jordan.

Dr. Ahmad Samed Al-Adwan is currently the chairman of  information systems and electronic business and commerce deparments, Business School at Al-Ahliyya Amman University. He holds a PhD in Management Information Systems Studies/E-business, and Msc in Information Technology Management from the University of Wales, UK. He is particularly interested in using management information systems to inform long-lasting developments in ICTs. His research interests include user acceptance of ICT and information systems, modelling ICT, e-learning, SME, management information systems, e-commerce, knowledge management, educational technology, m-commerce, e-business, and healthcare information technology. His research has been published in several international journals.

Amr Al-Madadha, Assistant Professor of Business Administration - king Talal School of Business Technology at Princess Sumaya University for Technology.
Dr. Amr Al Madadha: is an Assistant Professor of Business Adminstration - king Talal School of Business Technology at Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan. He holds a Ph.D. in Business and Management from Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests include leadership, SMEs, change management, organisational behaviour, educational technology, E-learning, mobile learning.
Zahra Zvirzdinaite

BA (Hons) International Business Management, University of Wales. Her research interests include inclusive education systems, digital chanels for education, accessible web design.

How to Cite
Al-Adwan, A. S., Al-Madadha, A., & Zvirzdinaite, Z. (2018). Modeling Students’ Readiness to Adopt Mobile Learning in Higher Education: An Empirical Study. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(1).
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