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An m-learning framework for ERP systems in higher education

Brenda Scholtz (Department of Computing Sciences, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)
Mando Kapeso (Department of Computing Sciences, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Article publication date: 11 November 2014




The purpose of this paper is to investigate the factors of m-learning approaches which can be used for enterprise resource planning (ERP) system training and to propose a theoretical framework for m-learning of ERP systems.


A literature review of several theories relating to success factors for mobile learning (m-learning) and electronic learning (e-learning) are analysed and a theoretical framework of success factors for m-learning of ERP systems is proposed. Two field studies are undertaken to identify the features of e-learning and m-learning systems which users enjoyed and which related to the factors identified in the theoretical framework. The technology acceptance model (TAM) was used to evaluate the acceptance, usefulness and perceived ease of use (PEOU) of the two systems evaluated in the field study, the openSAP e-learning application and the SAP Learn Now m-learning application.


The results confirmed several of the theoretical elements identified in the framework and the m-learning system was rated positively for PEOU and perceived usefulness (PU). The findings confirmed other studies showing the importance of the quality of course content in e-learning and m-learning projects.

Research limitations/implications

The empirical study was limited to a small number of participants in higher education. However, a deeper understanding of the factors influencing m-learning for ERP systems was obtained.

Practical implications

The study provides a valuable practical contribution because the framework can be used in the improved design of an ERP m-learning approach, which in turn can lead to an improvement in ERP training and education programmes and ultimately ERP project success.


Several studies propose the use of m-learning systems. However, research related to the factors impacting on m-learning projects for ERP system training is limited. The paper presents original work and the results provide a valuable contribution to several theories of m-learning.



Scholtz, B. and Kapeso, M. (2014), "An m-learning framework for ERP systems in higher education", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 287-301.



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