An investigation of the attitudes of instructors and students to on-line assessment in mathematical subjects

E. Acosta-Gonzaga, N.R. Walet

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We study factors that facilitate or hinder the adoption and use of Information and Communication Technologies in the assessment process in STEM subjects involving mathematics. To that end, we investigate both the behavioural intentions of instructors and the attitudes of students. We construct two models, which incorporating aspects of established models of acceptance of information technology, such as the Technology Acceptance Model, the Theory of Planned Behaviour, and Social Cognitive Theory. Apart from the variables from these traditional models, in our model for instructors we propose a new empirical variable, “perceived usefulness to students”. In the students' model three new empirical variables—“perceived reliability”, “perceived suitability” and “feedback”—are added. The models are analysed with data collected from staff and students at nine STEM schools at the University of Manchester using two on-line questionnaires. A Generalized Linear Model is then used to analyse both datasets. For the instructors we conclude that “perceived usefulness” and “perceived usefulness to students” have a significant positive effect on the use of web-based assessment. “Attitude” has a negative effect. For students the evidence indicates that “perceived usefulness” also has a direct effect on students' attitude. © 2013 by Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProccedings DMS 2013
Subtitle of host publicationthe 19th international conference on distributed multimedia systems
Place of PublicationStokie, IL
PublisherKnowledge Systems Institute Graduate School
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1891706349
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event19th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Aug 201310 Aug 2013
Conference number: 109469


Conference19th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems
Abbreviated titleDMS 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • E-assessment
  • Educational technology adoption
  • Web-based assessment

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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