Students use behavior towards eLearning tools during COVID-19 pandemics: Case study of higher educational institutions of Thailand

Chaiyawit Muangmee, Sebastian Kot, Nusanee Meekaewkunchorn, Nuttapon Kassakorn, Somyos Tiranawatananun, Bilal Khalid


The research purpose of was to conduct an empirical investigation into students’ use behavior of e-learning tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, using a case study of higher educational institutions in Thailand. Considering the importance of continued learning during the pandemic, the importance of e-learning tools, the study applied the UTAUT2 theoretical model. Primary data was collected using a structured questionnaire from a total of 1493 students across institutions of higher learning in Thailand. Structural equation modelling (SEM) was conducted using AMOS. The findings indicated that students behavioral intention to use e-learning tools is positively and significantly influenced by performance expectancy ((β=0.22, p<0.05); effort expectancy (β=0.14, p<0.05); social influence (β=0.20, p<0.05); facilitating condition (β=0.50, p<0.05); hedonic motivation (β=0.35, p<0.05); learning value (β=0.51, p<0.05); and social distance (β=0.46, p<0.05). Similarly, behavioral intention by the students to use e-learning tools have a positive and significant effect on actual use of e-learning tools (β=0.82, p<0.05). Learning value and social distance had the largest positive effects on the student’s behavioral intention to use e-learning tools, it is important for the higher education institutions in Thailand to consider them as major factors driving students towards adopting e-learning tools during disruptions as witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic period.


COVID-19 Social Distancing Learning Value eLearning Tools Higher Education Institutions UTAUT2 Model



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