EXTENDING THE UNIFIED THEORY OF ACCEPTANCE AND USE OF TECHNOLOGY (UTAUT) MODEL: THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY CULTURATION
The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model has been widely used in assessing technology adoption in diverse contexts. However, it does not have Technology Culturation as one of the constructs. This variable constitutes a prevailing challenge in the developing world that could affect the adoption of technology in higher institutions of learning. The concept of Technology Culturation which is a critical factor for the adoption of e-learning tools and facilities in higher institutions of learning will be analytically examined in this study. The concept of Technology Culturation says that individuals who had prior exposure to relative technologies like cable satellites, television, video games, etc. are already tuned in their minds or acculturated to the use of technology; This concept assumes that this can affect an individual’s acceptance of other ICTs or other advanced technologies subsequently. This paper would therefore attempt to explore the extension of UTAUT by integrating Technology Culturation construct in assessing the adoption of e-learning tools in higher institutions of learning in Nigeria. To this end, secondary sources of data such as Text Books, Journals, Magazines, Newspapers and the Internet will be used for this study. Useful policy recommendations will also be proffered to educational policy makers and stakeholders at the various tiers of government.