Analyses of e-learning Acceptance by the Postgraduate Students in Sri Lanka

Kaushalya Yatigammana, Md Gapar Md Johor, Chandra Gunawardena

Abstract—E-learning, rather than face-to-face method of learning , is now an emerging mode of learning in Sri Lanka, especially among postgraduate students because of its convenience, flexibility and accessibility. Thus , the objective of this study was to analyze how e-learning is perceived by the postgraduate students in Sri Lanka as compared to face-to face mode, based on the innovation attributes namely; relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, observability and trialability. For this purpose 200 postgraduate students were randomly selected from universities based within the Western Province of Sri Lanka. A structured questionnaire was used as the data collection instrument, followed by informal interviews to clarify the results of the data analysis. Frequency analysis and independent sample t-test were carried out as the data analysis techniques. It examined whether those who preferred e-learning and had used it at least once, significantly differed in terms of relative advantage, compatibility and observability of e-learning rather than those who prefer face-to-face learning and had never used it even once. These results can be used by educational institutions for their decision making purposes.

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