Library and Information Science Program professors John H. Heinrichs, Hermina Anghelescu and Janice Utz, along with co-author Jeen-Su Lim from The University of Toledo were recognized for the “Best Business Paper” at the 2008 American Institute of Higher Education Conference. The conference was held in Orlando, Fla. April 3-5, 2008 where Heinrichs accepted the award from Dr. Alireza Lari, Conference Program Chair.
The paper entitled, “Testing an Integrated Model of e-Learning Adoption Decision” investigated the impact of content richness in the course materials and access ubiquity of the material on student’s e-learning course satisfaction and intention to take additional online courses. The rich content is used to engage the student and ensure the presented information facilitates shared understanding within a short time interval; whereas, ubiquitous access to online courses is defined in terms course and information availability. Along with content richness and access ubiquity, perceived usefulness and perceived ease-of-use were also incorporated into the model used in the study. The results from this study suggest that content richness of the course materials is a primary factor in predicting student satisfaction with e-learning courses and student’s intention to take another e-learning course.
The 2008 American Institute of Higher Education Conference focused on the role and importance of decision sciences in dealing with issues in business, economics, industrial engineering and education. Researchers explored, discussed and discovered how decision sciences can help individuals understand and shape the future research in these fields. The conference was an amalgam of conceptions, practices, and ideologies, exploring differing definitions and visions of decision sciences, appreciating existing contributions, and envisioning future possibilities.