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Table 3 Interpretation of Rogers’ diffusion of innovation for PGMeL

From: Influencing factors in the implementation of postgraduate medical e-learning: a thematic analysis

Step Rogers stage PGMeL equivalent
Decision process
 1 Knowledge inform users of existence
 2 Persuasion convince users of importance
 3 Decision start or reject the e-learning
 4 Implementation reach the target audience
 5 Confirmation evaluate the learning aims
Attributes of the innovation
 1 Relative advantage added value
 2 Compatibility design should fit the organization
 3 Complexity adjust to target audience
 4 Trialability personalize learning path
 5 Observability results should be visible
Adopter categories
 1 Innovators creator team
 2 Early adopters pilot group
 3 Early majority first users
 4 Late majority last users
 5 Lagers unwilling
  1. Legend Table 3: Rogers distinguishes three aspects of innovation implementation. The decision process of the user, the attributes of the innovation and the categories of users called adopters. The decision process contains five steps that the user will go through. Those steps can be translated into PGMeL, shown in the last column. The attributes should be linked to the created e-learning, making it more likely that the user will decide to accept the e-learning. Finally, defining the users/adopter factors might help identify barriers for each group.