The Adoption of Google Classroom at the Catholic University of Zimbabwe

  • Meshack Muderedzwa Catholic University of Zimbabwe
  • Khesani Chilumani National University of Science and Technology

Abstract

E-learning platforms are becoming a more popular learning approach in the higher education sector because of the rapid growth in internet technologies in Zimbabwe. It has been integrated in most Zimbabwe university programs including the Catholic University of Zimbabwe which has adopted the Google Classroom platform. The technology acceptance model (TAM) is used to assess the adoption of the Google Classroom by lecturers at its campuses. The TAM model proposes the perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use to predict an application usage. The survey and observation methods were used in the study. This study’s contribution is three- fold. Firstly, it assesses whether lecturers are receptive to the Google Classroom in this institution. Secondly, it seeks to determine factors that influence the adoption of the Google Classroom as an e-learning platform. Thirdly, as far as we know, the study is among the first to assess the Google Classroom using the technology acceptance model. It is recommended that there should be increased usage of this technology to assess technology based initiatives.

Author Biographies

Meshack Muderedzwa, Catholic University of Zimbabwe

Dr. Meshack Muderedzwa is a lecturer at the Catholic University of Zimbabwe (CUZ) offering IT courses at the Bulawayo Campus. His area of specialisation is Business Information Systems. He published a book and 11 research papers in international journals and research conferences over the years. His research interest is in the IT field. In addition to teaching he is also a member of the Higher Degrees Committee at CUZ, Dean of Students and IT Coordinator at the Bulawayo campus.

Khesani Chilumani, National University of Science and Technology

Khesani Richard Chilumani is a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Science and Technology. He has research interests in Internet Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Ontology Engineering, Simulation and Modelling. He also has special interest in planning for the short and long term computing needs of organisations, and assisting individuals or departments to plan for their future computing requirements and peer evaluation or training.

Published
2017-06-30
How to Cite
MUDEREDZWA, Meshack; CHILUMANI, Khesani. The Adoption of Google Classroom at the Catholic University of Zimbabwe. The Fountain: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 133-147, june 2017. ISSN 2520-453X. Available at: <http://journals.cuz.ac.zw/index.php/fountain/article/view/39>. Date accessed: 26 sep. 2017.