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Comparing factors that influence learning management systems use on computers and on mobile

Xiao Hu (Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)
Chun Lai (Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China)

Information and Learning Sciences

ISSN: 2398-5348

Article publication date: 3 September 2019

Issue publication date: 6 September 2019




Learning management systems (LMSs) have been embraced for their potential to create a ubiquitous learning that is free from time and space constraints. Mobile devices afford enhanced mobility that enables flexible learning with LMSs. Thus, understanding students’ use of mobile devices to interact with LMSs and the influencing factors is essential. This paper aims to examine the factors that influenced students’ behavioural intention in using Web-based LMSs via mobile phones and compared the factors with those that affect students’ general acceptance of Web-based LMSs.


This study surveyed 356 university students and interviewed 17 students on the various factors that might affect their LMS adoption. Structural equation modelling was used to analyse the survey data.


This study identified that perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, social influence and facilitating conditions were significant determinants of students’ usage intention in both contexts. However, social factors exerted greater influence on students’ behavioural intentions of mobile access than the attitudinal factors. The results also pinpointed some sociocultural and tempo-spatial factors that might have minimized the influence of perceived usefulness in the mobile context.


The study calls for special attention to the potential influences of sociocultural norms and tempo-spatial circumstances of mobile use in shaping the nature of learners’ voluntary mobile use of LMSs.



This project was supported by the Teaching Development Grants (TDG) of the University of Hong Kong.

Statements on open data, ethics and conflict of interest: Requests of anonymous data can be made to the corresponding author.

This study was conducted with full ethical approval from the University of Hong Kong. We obtained informed consent from participants, and they were informed that their responses would be anonymized and kept confidential.

The authors do not report any conflicts of interest.


Hu, X. and Lai, C. (2019), "Comparing factors that influence learning management systems use on computers and on mobile", Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 120 No. 7/8, pp. 468-488.



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