An Evaluation of the Usefulness and Ease of Use of the Aptus within the Samoan Education Context

Ioana Tuugalei Chan Mow, Edna Temese, Mose Nitreous Mose, Tara Patu, Elisapeta Mauai, Ioana Sinclair, Fiafaitupe Lafaele, Joseph Namulauulu, Misioka Tanielu, Agnes Wong Soon, Vensal Chan

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This paper describes the findings of the first trial of the Aptus device within the National University of Samoa. The Aptus is a device that enables wireless access to valuable educational resources in the absence of electricity and the Internet. The goals of this research were to explore the acceptance of using the Aptus to access e-resources within the context of education in Samoa, with user acceptance measured by evaluating the ease of use and usefulness of the Aptus. The findings of the trial indicated very positive perceptions of students and teachers at the university in terms of ease of use and usefulness of the Aptus within educational settings. From the results of Phase 1, a strong recommendation is made to adopt the Aptus as a technology for providing access to quality educational resources within the National University of Samoa. The study also recommends the need for training of teachers on the use of the Aptus and its applications, such as Moodle.

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Aptus, OER, OwnCloud, ODL, higher education

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