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EFL students’ readiness for e-learning: Factors influencing e-learners’ acceptance of the Blackboard in a Saudi university

Abdulaziz I. Fageeh1

1 King Khalid University, SAUDI ARABIA fageeh@hotmail.com

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v7n1.106


The purpose of this study was to recognise the perceptions of undergraduate students in different levels of the English department as to their readiness to accept e-learning as the dominant learning paradigm at King Khalid University (KKU), by probing the opinions of a sample of the EFL students. Descriptive research, involving a survey and in-depth interviews, was utilised to recognise and analyse teachers and students' perceptions of their attitudes towards e-learning, their readiness to accept it, and the factors facilitating or inhibiting e-learning. Recognition of these factors for building and applying the instruments in this study was done based on an extensive review of pertinent literature, outlining the important models and theories underlying technology acceptance paradigms in education. Findings have demonstrated that informants in this study have identified the facilitators and inhibitors of e-learning previously recognised in prior research. ey also showed that students are ready to accept technology implementation and to shift to an e-learning model of education.


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Fageeh, A.I. (2011). EFL students’ readiness for e-learning: Factors influencing e-learners’ acceptance of the Blackboard in a Saudi university. The JALT CALL Journal, 7(1), 19–42. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v7n1.106

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