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Digitalization in higher education: does personal innovativeness matter in digital learning?

A. Devisakti (National Higher Education Research Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Muhammad Muftahu (National Higher Education Research Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Article publication date: 3 May 2022

Issue publication date: 9 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The explosion of technology has revolutionized the teaching and learning process in higher education. Students are using the digital technology to aid their learning process. In this sense, digital divide exists among students in higher education as they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Thus, this study aims to examine the digital usage among the students from the low-income families (B40) in higher education institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

The data was drawn by using an online survey from the undergraduates (low-income families B40) in Malaysia higher education institutions. In total, 391 responses were collected. The data was analysed using structural equation modelling method.

Findings

The results showed that performance expectancy and facilitating conditions have a significant relationship with digital usage. In addition, personal innovativeness has positive significant effect on performance expectancy and effort expectancy.

Research limitations/implications

This study sheds light on the students from the lower income family behaviour while using digital technologies for their learning purpose.

Originality/value

The study further contributes to the new knowledge on students from the low-income family’s behaviour in using digital technology for their learning process.

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Citation

Devisakti, A. and Muftahu, M. (2023), "Digitalization in higher education: does personal innovativeness matter in digital learning?", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 257-270. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-10-2021-0182

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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