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Critical Success in E-learning: An Examination of Technological and Institutional Support Factors

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Author(s): Maslin Masrom | Othman Zainon | Rosdina Rahiman

Journal: International Journal of Cyber Society and Education
ISSN 1995-6649

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 131;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: e-learning | critical success factors | technological factor | institutional support factor

ABSTRACT
In recent years, information technology (IT) becomes prominent to support teaching and learning activities. IT tools allow us to create, collect, store and use the information and knowledge. E-learning was one of IT tools introduced at College of Science and Technology (CST), University Technology Malaysia (UTM) Kuala Lumpur since 2001. It has enabled a paradigm shift from institutio n-centered instruction to anywhere, anytime and anybody learning models. In CST the e-learning technology was used for accessing the syllabus and course content, submitting assignments, and taking class quizzes. This paper focuses on issues relating to the e-learning critical success factors (CSFs) from university students’ perspective. In this study, two main factors related to the e-learning CSFs within a university environment included technological and institutional support factors were examined. Confirmatory factor modeling approach was used to assess the criticality of the measures included in each factor. The results indicated that the most critical measures for technological factor in terms of ease of access and infrastructure are the browser efficiency, course website ease of use and computer network reliability. Meanwhile, for institutional support factor, the most critical measure is the availability of technical support or help desk.
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