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ERIC Number: EJ855812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1741-8887
Instructor Perceptions of E-Learning in an Arab Country: Kuwait University as a Case Study
Al-Fadhli, Salah
E-Learning, v6 n2 p221-229 2009
The rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICT), especially the recent explosive growth of Internet capacities, offers tremendous educational opportunities. The future growth and development of e-learning technologies is, perhaps, the most important of these trends in the realm of education. In fact, e-learning in particular is slowly being accepted as one of the criteria of a progressive, innovative, and leading higher educational institution. The Internet has created a new paradigm of learning which can allow teachers and students to teach and learn collaboratively via web-designed courses. While the quantitative impact of e-learning, such as cost effectiveness, can be easily measured, articulating the qualitative effectiveness of e-learning is more challenging. While the bulk of the studies related to e-learning focus on the quantitative impact of e-learning, the purpose of this research is to study the pedagogical impact of e-learning on higher education, specifically the university-level educational institution within an Arab university setting. Despite the existence of the varied number of significant challenges associated with teaching staff attitudes toward the e-learning model and with the institutional support for staff engaged on working with the e-learning environment, this study shows that e-learning has an important role in the enhancement and development of students' critical thinking. As a result, if academic institutions wish to develop e-learning initiatives, they must be receptive to implementing effective strategies to support such a beneficial and innovative initiative for the benefit of student learning. (Contains 8 tables.)
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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: Kuwait