A study on the factors influencing the adoption of online learning in higher institutions: a case study of Makerere University School of Statistics and Planning
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Background: The study was established based on the inherent challenges of traditional learning systems, which require to be addressed. Arguably, online learning can address many challenges of traditional learning if used properly. On this basis, it was important for the study to determine the factors associated with the adoption of online learning. Objectives: This study determines the relationships between income, Age, Education level, Perceived ease of use and the adoption of online learning. Moreover, it shows whether the use of online learning will be free of physical and mental efforts in relation to its adoption in the learning environment of higher learning students. The objectives were met through testing hypotheses. Methods: overall, the study adopted the survey research design. Data were collected through the use of a close ended questionnaire and was tested using descriptive statistics and a Chi square model. The generalization of the results of tested hypotheses is allowed to the population with characteristics similar to that of the study. Results: Online learning offers a good platform for the learning process. However, necessary efforts are required to enhance the perception of users on the usefulness of its adoption, and improve their awareness of how to use online learning platforms because they affect the adoption of online learning. Conclusion: Online learning offers a suitable platform for the extension of traditional classes. Their use would be more effective provided that users are aware of its importance, able to share content useful to their learning process. Moreover, the study recommends further studies about the factors influencing the adoption of online learning.