THE IMPACT OF PERSONAL VALUES ON READINESS TO USE ICT IN E-LEARNING PROCESS

Zlatko NEDELKO, Carmen Elena CIRNU, Ioana STANESCU, Vojko POTOCAN

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The main purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of personal values on readiness to use information and communication technology. E-learning has become an important way of transferring knowledge in modern society. Participation in elearning process requires use of modern information and communication technology, both of students and lecturers. Consequently, a great deal of discussions is focused on various issues related to the role and function of information and communication technology in elearning. While on the other hand, there is paucity of discussions focusing on “soft issues” tackling with readiness and abilities to participate in e-learning process in association with required use of information and communication technology, of all involved in e-learning. Among possible factors influencing people’s attitudes towards e-learning, this paper focuses on people’s personal values that importantly determine their attitudes, preferences and consequently readiness for use of information and communication technology. We developed a model analyzing the impact of people’s personal values on their preferences about information and communication technology. Using structural equation modeling approach, casual relations are examined on samples of Slovenian and Romanian undergraduate students, whereas students are involved at least in web-supported type of elearning. The sample includes responses from 155 Slovenian and 151 Romanian undergraduate students. Results reveal that personal values significantly influence on student’s readiness on information and communication technology. Some practical implications are outlined as well.


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