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Students’ acceptance of the VR environment for practicing public speaking skills

Bolotina, Viktoriia (2019) Students’ acceptance of the VR environment for practicing public speaking skills.

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Abstract:Public speaking skills are important skills for university students. However, practising these skills can be associated with fear and time issues. Thus, the VR training for practising oral presentations can be a solution, where students can practise in a safe environment. The implementation of any new technology depends on users’ acceptance of the technology. There is a wide range of research aimed to understand technology acceptance. Nevertheless, only a few of them conducted in the educational context. Moreover, none of the studies included the actual progress in improving skills as a possible determinant of behavioural intention. This study aimed to investigate the relations between progress and technology acceptance using the UTAUT model, as well as the relations between constructs within this model and moderation effect of gender and progress on these relations. The results of the study showed significant positive progress in improving oral presentations and its significant association with the behavioural intention. Progress also correlated significantly with effort expectancy. However, progress did not moderate any studied relations. Effort expectancy was only one construct that correlated significantly with behavioural intention. The effect of performance expectancy was moderated by gender, but the effect of effort expectancy was not.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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