The adoption of cloud computing systems in the higher education sector in Oman in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Salim Al-Hajri, Abdelghani Echchabi, Abdullah Mohammed Ayedh, Mohammed Mispah Said Omar

Abstract


The objective of the study is to identify the factors that influence the acceptance and usage of cloud computing systems in the Omani higher education sector, with special emphasis on the COVID-19 outbreak. For this purpose, 200 students from several Omani higher education institutions were surveyed, and the collected data were analyzed using Partial Least Square (PLS). The findings revealed that the intention to use cloud computing in this context is highly dependent on its perceived ease of use, usefulness, perceived reliability and responsiveness. It is noteworthy that this is one of the early studies that address the subject of cloud computing usage during times of crises, and specifically the COVID-19 outbreak. As such, it provides significant theoretical and practical contributions in the area of technology adoption.


Keywords


COVID-19; E-learning; Higher Education; Cloud Computing

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DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijere.v10i3.21671

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