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The evaluation of a virtual education system based on the DeLone and McLean model:  A path analysis [version 1; referees: 2 approved]

Razieh Lotfi, Sara Esmaelzadeh- Saeieh, Zahra Mehdizadeh Tourzani, Zohreh Mahmoodi, Mahnaz Akbari Kamrani, Katayoun Salehi, Monir Baradaran Eftekhari
Background: The Internet has dramatically influenced the introduction of virtual education. Virtual education is a term that involves online education and e-learning. This study was conducted to evaluate a virtual education system based on the DeLone and McLean model. Methods: This descriptive analytical study was conducted using the census method on all the students of the Nursing and Midwifery Department of Alborz University of Medical Sciences who had taken at least one online course in 2016-2017. Data were collected using a researcher-made questionnaire based on the DeLone and McLean model in six domains and then analyzed in SPSS-16 and LISREL-8.8 using the path analysis. Results: The goodness of fit indices (GFI) of the model represent the desirability and good fit of the model, and the rational nature of the adjusted relationships between the variables based on a conceptual model (GFI = 0.98; RMSEA = 0.014).The results showed that system quality has the greatest impact on the net benefits of the system through both direct and indirect paths (β=0.52), service quality through the indirect path (β=0.03) and user satisfaction through the direct path (β=0.73). Conclusions: According to the results, system quality has the greatest overall impact on the net benefits of the system, both directly and indirectly by affecting user satisfaction and the intention to use. System quality should therefore be further emphasized, to use these systems more efficiently.

Publisher URL: https://f1000research.com/articles/6-1631/v1

DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.12278.1

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