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The VLAB OER Experience: Modeling Potential-Adopter Students’ Acceptance

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Biotech, Learning-Technologies, Medical Sciences

Publisher : IEEE Transactions on Education, IEEE .

Source : IEEE Transactions on Education, IEEE, Volume 57, Number 4, p.235–241 (2014)

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Campus : Amritapuri

School : School of Biotechnology

Center : Amrita Center For Research in Analytics, Amrita Mind Brain Center, Computational Neuroscience and Neurophysiology, Technologies & Education (AmritaCREATE)

Department : biotechnology

Year : 2014

Abstract : Virtual Labs (VLAB) is a multi-institutional Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative, exclusively focused on lab experiments for engineering education. This project envisages building a large OER repository, containing over 1650 virtual experiments mapped to the engineering curriculum. The introduction of VLAB is a paradigm shift in an educational system that is slow to change. Treating VLAB OER as an educational technology innovation, its adoption by potential-adopter engineering students (N=131) is modeled based on Roger's theory of perceived attributes. Regression and factor analysis were used to analyze the data. Results indicate that the attributes of Compatibility, Ease of Use, Relative Advantage, and Trialability significantly influence potential-adopter students' intention to adopt an innovation like VLAB. The study also observed that using OER (such as VLAB) on desktops and low-cost tablets had similar effects in student performance to using physical labs. This has interesting implications for education policy-makers who are looking to reduce the digital divide.

Cite this Research Publication : Raghu Raman, Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, Prema Nedungadi, Dr. Shyam Diwakar, and Bose, R., “The VLAB OER Experience: Modeling Potential-Adopter Students' Acceptance”, IEEE Transactions on Education, Nov 2014, vol.57 (4), doi: 10.1109/TE.2013.2294152.

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