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Susana de Juana-Espinosa, Sergio Luján-Mora. Comparison of social science students’ perceptions on Internet in education and in everyday life. I Workshop in e‐Learning in the Disciplines of Economy and Business Studies (EEE 2013), Barcelona (Spain), October 25 2013.
Incorporating information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet, into teaching and learning in higher education has become an important issue. During the last decade, world-wide institutions of higher education have become deeply engaged in utilizing the Internet and computers as pedagogical tools (e-learning). Different reasons promote this trend: the relative affordability of computers, the ever-increasing simplicity of using computers, and the wide existence of online learning applications. Thereby, online learning has grown significantly over the past decade due to its real and perceived benefits. However, not so much research has been carried out to study students’ perceptions of the use of Internet in education. It is imperative that all stakeholders involved in education understand the perceptions and expectations of students about online learning. Moreover, it is important to study the effect and implications that students’ computer literacy produces on their acceptance of online learning. In this paper we present the preliminary results of our research and we propose the application of the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), an information systems theory that models how users come to accept and use a technology. This model may be valuable as a tool for helping with analyzing and understanding attitudes toward e-learning and help to predict the acceptance of e-learning by students.