Determinants of Intention to Use Simulation-Based Learning in Computers and Networking Courses: An ISM and MICMAC Analysis

Shahla Asadi, Jordan Allison, Mohammad Iranmanesh, Masood Fathi, Mahmood Safaei, Faisal Saeed

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    Simulation-based learning (SBL) presents a wide variety of opportunities to practice complex computer and networking skills in higher education, employing various platforms to enhance educational outcomes. The integration of SBL tools in teaching computer networking courses is useful for both instructors and learners. Furthermore, the increasing importance of SBL in higher education highlights the necessity to further explore the factors that affect the adoption of SBL technologies, particularly in the field of computer networking courses. Despite these advantages, minimal effort has been made to examine the factors that impact instructors’ intentions to use SBL tools for computers and networking courses. The main objective of this study is to examine the factors that affect instructors' intentions to utilize SBL tools in computer networking courses offered by higher education institutions. By employing Interpretive structural modeling (ISM) and Matriced’ Impacts Croise's Multiplication Appliquee a UN Classement (MICMAC) analysis, the research attempts to provide an in-depth understanding of the interdependencies and hierarchical associations among twelve identified factors. Results showed that system quality, self-efficacy, technological knowledge, and information quality have high driving power. This study offers valuable perspectives for higher education institutions and for upcoming empirical studies and aids in comprehending the advantages of using SBL tools in teaching and higher education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Number of pages17
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 9 Mar 2024


    • Bibliographies
    • Computer networks
    • Computers
    • Digitalization
    • Education
    • Intention to use
    • Internet
    • ISM
    • learning
    • MICMAC
    • Reviews
    • Simulation-based
    • Systematics
    • Technology adoption


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