Is the University of Makati e-Ready? An Evaluation of Its Faculty’s Technology Acceptance in LMS Utilization
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The conduct of online classes has tremendously increased in the year 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, the education sector worldwide decided to conduct classes online which brought the birth of learning management systems (LMS) that allows a one-stop shop of essential online class tools for both teachers and students. The University of Makati introduced the Technology Based Learning Hub (TBL Hub) to its academe in the second semester of the school year 2020-2021. This study aims to analyze the perceived behavior of the UMak Academic community in utilizing the said LMS. The respondents of this paper are selected via purposive-total enumeration of the university’s College of Education. The quantitative-qualitative research analyzed the perception and evaluation of its respondents through a researcher-made questionnaire adapted from Alshorman and Bawaneh (2018) and Cunningham & Bradley (n.d.) based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) authored by Fred Davis (2018). The results of the study revealed that the respondents' perceived usefulness in terms of course management and faculty-student and peer interaction and their evaluation of the ease of use in terms of the hub's implementation of the process has already achieved positive faculty acceptance. However, to analyze the more specific behavior of the end-users, the researcher recommends further research on faculty members' use of the LMS in their teaching based on their age, a device used, internet access, and experience in the use of other LMSs.
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