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Attitudes and intentions towards the adoption of mobile learning during COVID-19: building an exciting career through vocational education

Nadia A. Abdelmegeed Abdelwahed (Department of Business Administration, College of Business Management, King Faisal University, AI-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia)
Bahadur Ali Soomro (Faculty of Applied and Human Sciences (FSGM), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Arau, Malaysia)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 17 June 2022

Issue publication date: 27 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Mobile learning has emerged as one of the main methods for training and academic activities in the present era. It is, also, highly relevant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic whereupon digitization of mobile learning has made it possible for many students to continue with their education. This study investigated attitudes and intentions towards the adoption of mobile learning in vocational education.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a quantitative study based on cross-sectional empirical data. In targeting vocational students throughout Pakistan, the study used a survey questionnaire with a convenience sampling method. From the responses to the questionnaire, 320 samples were used to obtain the study outcomes.

Findings

The structural equation modeling’s (SEM) findings reveal that learning autonomy (LA), mobile device self-efficacy (MDSE), task-technology fit (TTF), perceived ease of use (PEOU), perceived usefulness (PUS) and perceived enjoyment (PE) have a positive and significant effect on mobile usage attitudes (MUA) and intentions to adopt mobile learning (ITAML). Moreover, this study’s findings confirm, also, MUA’s predictive power on ITAML.

Practical implications

Further, this study’s findings encourage individuals to use mobile devices to properly promote knowledge in society. In addition, this study’s findings support vocational institutions’ operators’ and policymakers’ development of online education and training strategies to resist the complications arising from the transmission of COVID-19. Moreover, this study’s findings open new doors when conducting similar research studies on students’ perceptions and learning behaviors.

Originality/value

The empirical investigation of attitudes and intentions to adopt mobile learning in the context of COVID-19 helps potential adopters to test the likely behaviors.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was supported by the Deanship of Scientific Research, Vice Presidency for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia [Project No. GRANT 523].

Citation

Abdelwahed, N.A.A. and Soomro, B.A. (2023), "Attitudes and intentions towards the adoption of mobile learning during COVID-19: building an exciting career through vocational education", Education + Training, Vol. 65 No. 2, pp. 210-231. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-02-2022-0048

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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