E-Learning and Information Communications Technologies (ICT) in Saudi Arabia: An Overview

E-Learning and Information Communications Technologies (ICT) in Saudi Arabia: An Overview

Hadeel Alharbi (University of New England, Australia) and Kamaljeet Sandhu (University of New England, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5829-3.ch007
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This chapter argues that increasing the rate of e-learning technological adoption will provide educational affordances related to access to courses and better course delivery for Saudi citizens. Specifically, issues related to gender-related staffing issues and access to education courses. This is primarily because the e-learning technology has the capacity to adapt to dominant features in Saudi society and culture, as well as its potential to be efficiently applied in Saudi higher education settings. However, despite the widespread adoption of information communication technology (ICT) in society, Saudi Arabians have yet to fully experience the transformative effects of this medium, particularly in relation to e-learning. This is evidenced in a lack of deep understanding on how best to implement e-learning and distance learning applications.
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The term E-Learning refers to the adoption of electronic information, multimedia, and ICTs in education. E-Learning is a largely inclusive term incorporating of all forms of educational technology utilised in training, learning, and teaching. E-Learning is a form of elastic learning that utilises ICTs as connections and delivery instrument between persons and communities, to sustain students, enhance E-Learning management, and offer flexible learning (Xu, 2011). However, there are issues with some conventional E-Learning systems, such as Blackboard and Moodle, which are not appropriate enough to support the educational process at schools since they provide less collaboration, and less learner’s participation than traditional education and limited memorable change (Ebner, 2007). Moodle is an open-source tool that has been adopted as an E-Learning system by many universities around the world.

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