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E-learning adoption by undergraduate architecture students: facilitators and inhibitors

Urvashi Tandon (Chitkara Business School, Chitkara University, Rajpura, India)
Amit Mittal (Chitkara Business School, Chitkara University, Rajpura, India)
Harveen Bhandari (Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture, Chitkara University, Rajpura, India)
Kanika Bansal (Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture, Chitkara University, Rajpura, India)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 6 October 2021

Issue publication date: 7 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study identifies the facilitators and inhibitors for the adoption of e-learning for the undergraduate students of architecture. Nine constructs are identified as facilitators and five constructs are identified as inhibitors to the adoption of online learning systems in the context of the study. These constructs were used to propose a research model.

Design/methodology/approach

596 architecture undergraduates responded to a structured questionnaire. The questionnaire was finalized after a pilot study and included standard scale items drawn from previous studies. An exploratory factor analysis was followed by structural equation modeling (SEM) to test the proposed model.

Findings

All the identified facilitators emerged significant except social influence and price value. Furthermore, technology risk emerged insignificant while all other inhibitors had significant impact on Behavioral Intention to adopt e-learning.

Research limitations/implications

The study has strong implications in academia as HEIs in developing countries need to make their students computer proficient, boost the implications of e-learning services by mitigating risks and motivating students to acquire knowledge through flexible e-learning modules.

Originality/value

The COVID-19 pandemic forced educational institutions to switch to online modes of learning. For students of architectural programs in a developing country like India, this has been unprecedented and has brought in a new set of challenges and opportunities. With the extension of the pandemic induced lockdown in educational institutions, students – and other stakeholders – have no choice but to adapt to this new normal of dependence on remote learning.

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Citation

Tandon, U., Mittal, A., Bhandari, H. and Bansal, K. (2022), "E-learning adoption by undergraduate architecture students: facilitators and inhibitors", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 29 No. 10, pp. 4287-4312. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-05-2021-0376

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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