Journal of Computing in Higher Education

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 124–142 | Cite as

Explaining the intention to use technology among university students: a structural equation modeling approach



The aim of this study is to examine the factors that an influence higher education students’ intention to use technology. Using an extended technology acceptance model as a research framework, a sample of 314 university students were surveyed on their responses to seven constructs hypothesized to explain their intention to use technology. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling and the results showed that perceived usefulness and attitude toward computer use were significant determinants of the intention to use technology, while perceived ease of use influenced intention to use technology through attitude towards computer use. Computer self-efficacy and subjective norm acted as antecedents for perceived usefulness and attitude towards computer use, while facilitating conditions acted as antecedents for perceived ease of use and attitude towards computer use. Together these constructs explained 54.7 % of the variance in students’ intention to use technology. Implications of the findings were also discussed.


Technology acceptance model (TAM) Subjective norms Facilitating conditions Computer self-efficacy Structural equation modeling University students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of MacauTaipaMacau SAR, China

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