Acceptance of Google Meet during the spread of Coronavirus by Arab university students

Al-Maroof, RS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4408-7710, Alshurideh, MT ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7336-381X, Salloum, SA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6073-3981, AlHamad, AQM and Gaber, T ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4065-4191 2021, 'Acceptance of Google Meet during the spread of Coronavirus by Arab university students' , Informatics, 8 (2) , e24.

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic not only affected our health and medical systems but also has created large disruption of education systems at school and universities levels. According to the United Nation’s report, COVID-19 has influenced more than 1.6 billion learners from all over the world (190 countries or more). To tackle this problem, universities and colleges have implemented various technologically based platforms to replace the physical classrooms during the spread of Coronavirus. The effectiveness of these technologies and their educational impact on the educational sector has been the concern of researchers during the spread of the pandemic. Consequently, the current study is an attempt to explore the effect of Google Meet acceptance among Arab students during the pandemic in Oman, UAE, and Jordan. The perceived fear factor is integrated into a hybrid model that combines crucial factors in TAM (Technology acceptance Model) and VAM (Value-based Adoption Model). The integration embraces perceived fear factor with other important factors in TAM perceived ease of use (PEOU) and perceived usefulness (PU) on the one hand and technically influential factor of VAM, which are perceived technicality (PTE) and perceived enjoyment (PE) on the other hand. The data, collected from 475 participants (49% males and 51% females students), were analyzed using the partial least squares-structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM). The results have shown that TAM hypotheses of usefulness and easy to use have been supported. Similarly, the results have supported the hypotheses related to VAM factors of being technically useful and enjoying, which helps in reducing the atmosphere of fear that is created due to the spread of Coronavirus.

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Additional Information: ** From MDPI via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: eissn 2227-9709 **History: published 30-03-2021; accepted 26-03-2021
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Informatics
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2227-9709
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Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2021 07:57
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/59973

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