E-learning policy in Saudi Arabia: challenges and successes

Aljaber, A. (2018) E-learning policy in Saudi Arabia: challenges and successes. Research in Comparative and International Education, 13(1), pp. 176-194. (doi:10.1177/1745499918764147)

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E-learning is a sector of Saudi Arabian education that is witnessing significant growth, particularly in higher education. This article aims to provide a historical overview of the development and evolution of e-learning in Saudi Arabia. With the Ministry of Higher Education at the core of education and e-learning, the article will explore recent e-learning-related developments in King Saud University, King Faisal University, King Abdulaziz University and the Saudi Electronic University. As part of this analysis, the article will explore the challenges that are being encountered and the strategies that each of these institutions is implementing to support and develop e-learning. It is equally important to evaluate the role played by international partners, particularly the UK and the US, in supporting e-learning financially, socially and technologically. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has obtained significant support from the US and UK, with both countries contributing to the establishment of an integrated model for e-learning curriculums and information management systems in Saudi Arabia. Finally, this analysis explores the growth potential of e-learning and the efforts being made to support Saudi Arabia’s growing university student population. The article includes an exploration of the methods of evaluating, securing and modifying the current systems.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Aljaber, Abdullah Awadh M
Authors: Aljaber, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Research in Comparative and International Education
ISSN (Online):1745-4999
Published Online:17 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Author
First Published:First published in Research in Comparative and International Education 13(1):176-194
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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