Developing a mobile curriculum vitae using weblog: A cross-disciplinary survey on university students’ perception based on Technology Acceptance Model

Journal of Southeast Asian Research 01/2011; 2011 (2011):1-11. DOI: 10.5171/2011.919804


A traditional Curriculum Vitae (CV) fails to highlight the candidates’ strength, skills and achievement effectively. Thus, graduates are unable to sell and present themselves in an interactive way in order to impress the employer. In the digital age, mobile phones and Wi-Fi are ubiquitous; thus, an online CV namely “Mobile Curriculum Vitae” (m-CV) is created and proposed to be the alternative. It uses weblog as the developing platform that comes with both web and mobile versions. It can be accessed using mobile devices such as smart phones wherever and whenever they are. The objective of the study is conducting a survey to investigate the acceptance of m-CV on a group of 200 diploma students in one of the Malaysian universities-Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Penang campus using questionnaires based on Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). After conducting a two-hour seminar on the m-CV, a total of 191 questionnaires were collected. Descriptive analysis was done using SPSS based on 4 point Likert scale. The study found that m-CV was perceived to be more useful rather than ease of use. It reports on how far the diploma students are in favor of using the online method instead of the traditional way to create their CVs. The study attests the process involved in user acceptance of using information and communication technology (ICT) in the making of CV that can be modeled and predicted.

Citation (APA 6th ed.):
Mah, B. Y., Hissan, W. S. M., & Ch’ng, P. E. (2011). Developing a mobile curriculum vitae using weblog: A cross-disciplinary survey on university students’ perception based on Technology Acceptance Model. Journal of Southeast Asian Research, 2011, 1–11. doi:10.5171/2011.919804

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Questions & Answers about this publication

  • Dr Mah Boon Yih asked a question in Blogger:
    What are your findings on using blogs for educational/pedagogical/instructional purposes?
    Based on my previous studies as shown in the links below, blogs are perceived to be more useful rather than easy-to-use for online journal writing among Malaysian undergraduates with and without hands-on experience. The same findings also appear in Malaysian university diploma students, who have been exposed to using blogs for journal writing and CV writing in different studies.

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      ABSTRACT: The web log is an exceptionally valuable tool for the teaching of second language writing, particularly written communication skills (Johnson, 2004; Wu, 2005). More and more international educators have applied this easy-to-use technology to classroom instruction and language learning (Campbell, 2003; Johnson, 2004). However, what is largely unknown is Malaysian students’ reaction to writing web logs in English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the perception of writing web logs among Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) HM115 diploma students who took the BEL311 English course in their third semester based on the three Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) variables. Specifically, the study sought to identify whether the two TAM determinants,Perceived Ease of Use (PEOU) and Perceived Usefulness (PU), affected the students’ behavioural intention (BI) to use web logs for specific writing tasks. This study employed Davis’s TAM (1989) and its questionnaire-based measurement instrument and three hypotheses were formulated based on the objectives of the study. The pilot test’s result confirmed the reliability of the modified TAM-based questionnaire. The findings showed that students accept writing web logs as a classroom activity since they perceived online journals to be more useful rather than easy to use. Additionally, the findings revealed that TAM can be used to diagnose and interpret the attitude of new technology users and most importantly, PEOU, PU, and BI were positively and highly correlated at a significant level. These results did not reject the three proposed hypotheses. Citation (APA 6th ed.): Mah, B. Y., & Er, A. N. (2009). Writing Web logs in the ESL classroom: A study of student perceptions and the Technology Acceptance Model. Asian Journal of University Education (ACRULeT), 5(1), 47–70. Retrieved from
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