Will They Like It Or Use It?

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Universal-Publishers, 2005 - Computers - 220 pages
While "e-learning" has proliferated in our society, the problem exists that many corporations are delving into e-learning without fully understanding end users' self-reported computer competence or attitudes toward e-learning or computers in general, which could ultimately impact the success of e-learning at an organization. Studies have been done to examine these phenomena, but the vast majority center around the academic environment, and many are deemed archaic due to advances in technology. To examine this problem, this research study's goal was to develop a valid and reliable instrument that measures self-reported computer competence, overall attitudes toward computers, and attitudes toward e-learning appropriate for the corporate, adult learner. The author reviewed various investigations that examined the definition of attitudes toward computers and the phenomenon of computer literacy. Little research exists that examines attitudes toward e-learning, and there is a lack of research for exploring all three phenomena on a nonacademic population. The result of the study yielded the Regan Computer Competence, Attitude, and Behavior Survey. This instrument consists of five sections, totaling 130 items. Each section was comprised of entirely new questions or a combination of existing instruments whose validity and reliability have been explored in previous studies. The author employed a sample of 144 American adults working in a corporate or government organization. The author's analysis revealed that the Regan Computer Competence, Attitude, and Behavior Survey was a valid and reliable instrument. In addition, hypotheses were examined in this research study that looked at the correlation between certain variables and the three phenomena in question.

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Review of the Literature
TestRetest Correlations on the Regan CCABS
Discussion 126 Introduction 126 Discussion of Results 127 Implications 133 Recommendations 135 References
Literacy Competence and Aptitude 157 D Detailed Summary of Literature That Examined Computer Literacy
Adult Consent Form 188 M Detailed Instructions Sheet for Research Representatives 191 N Consent Form for Representatives of the Business Organi...

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Page 5 - The best current evidence is that media are mere vehicles that deliver instruction but do not influence student achievement any more than the truck that delivers our groceries causes changes in our nutrition.
Page 12 - Organization assigns a very general definition to computer literacy: it is "whatever a person needs to know and do with computers in order to function in our information-based society.

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