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eLearning Penetration, Challenges and Opportunities in Saudi Arabia

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  • Management Information Systems, Dhofar University, Oman
  • Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • CIBER Research Ltd., Newbury, UK, CIBER-Research.eu, United Kingdom

Abstract


Objectives: The rapid advent of information technologies is addressing the role of location and time management in the education system. This exploratory study about eLearning developments in Saudi Arabia aims to reveal the current reality of eLearning progress in the country. More specifically, it seeks to find if Saudis are or, if otherwise, what is blocking this effort. Methods: A number of diverse types of administrative, technical and general challenges and issues related to this concept are covered. A pre-tested questionnaire was used during the data collection with data gathered from various individuals in Saudi Arabia. Findings: The Saudis are dissatisfied with the speed of the relevant developments and only blame the local telecommunications and other infrastructure not related to the academic institutions. Conclusions: It is believed that in just a short period of time eLearning systems will be fully utilized in the educational system like it happens in many other developed countries.

Keywords

Challenges, Education, eLearning, Opportunities, Preference, Saudi Arabia, Usage.

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