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ERIC Number: EJ1139080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2222-1735
The Developments of ICT and the Need for Blended Learning in Saudi Arabia
Alzahrani, Majed Gharmallah
Journal of Education and Practice, v8 n9 p79-87 2017
The provision of information and communication technology (ICT) to academic staff and university students is critical in order to offer them more effective learning environments. Investigating the current status of the developments of ICT may help decision makers and academic staff to employ them successfully by overcoming the needs and reinforcing the good aspects. This study focuses on the pertinent literature that intends to present the developments of ICT in the Saudi higher education context and the reasons behind the need for blended learning at Saudi universities. The findings indicate that the supply of ICT equipment appears to be adequate which might be due to the recognition of its importance, but that training in using ICT is required for some academic staff and students. Academic staff and students seem to be using ICT unevenly with different levels of skills and experiences that vary from one university to another across the country. The findings also indicate that learning style, the dominance of traditional learning, and the universal pedagogical demand are likely to be some of the reasons behind the need for blended learning. Implications of these findings are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia