Mayall, Hayley J.
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Instructional systems--Design; Industrial arts--Study and teaching; Educational psychology
With the rapid changes in and development of online learning, the need for integrating online professional development is growing due to its availability and flexibility for improving employees' job-related skills and knowledge (Chatzoglou, Sarigiannidis, Vraimaki, & Diamantidis, 2009; Kijsanayotin, Pannarunothai, & Speedie, 2009; Yoo & Hung, 2016). Online professional development is defined as "a means for delivering information and communication between the trainer and the student" (Race, 2005, p. 9)-in other words, providing training using technology. According to the literature, there is a lack of consideration of employees' behavioral intention to use online professional development (Admiraal & Lockhorst, 2009; Roca & Gagne, 2008). Therefore, this study was designed to investigate how the attitudinal factors of the UTAUT model (performance expectancy, effort expectancy, and social influence) can predict employees' behavioral intention to use online professional development at King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz University Hospital, Saudi Arabia. Also, this study investigated whether gender moderated the relationship between the UTAUT constructs and behavioral intention to use online professional development. The findings of this study show that performance expectancy and effort expectancy were the only statistically significant predictors of the employees' behavioral intention to use online professional development. Also, gender did not have any moderating effect on the relationship between the UTAUT constructs and employees' behavioral intention to use online professional development. These findings are discussed in accordance with previous research. Finally, the limitations of the current study, its implications for practice, and suggestions for future studies are also discussed.
Alshrari, Yousef, "Factors related to employees' behavioral intention to use online professional development" (2018). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3076.
Northern Illinois University
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