Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 20

Volume 20 Number 2, Pages 225-234

Summer 2009

Intentions to Use Virtual Worlds for Education

Jia Shen
Lauren B. Eder
Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, USA

Abstract: Virtual worlds are becoming increasingly sophisticated, showing potential as an effective platform for a variety of collaborative activities, including learning. This study examines students’ intentions to use the virtual world Second Life (SL) for education, and explores factors associated with their intentions. Based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and extended factors, a research model is proposed. The model is tested through a survey administered to business school students who participated in Second Life in upper level MIS courses. Results suggest that perceived ease of use affects user’s intention to adopt SL through perceived usefulness. Computer self-efficacy and computer playfulness are also significant antecedents to perceived ease of use of virtual worlds. Implications for educators are presented.

Keywords: Virtual world, Second Life, Education, Technology acceptance model (TAM)

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Recommended Citation: Shen, J. & Eder, L. B. (2009). Intentions to Use Virtual Worlds for Education. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(2), 225-234.