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ERIC Number: ED608878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 253
Abstractor: ERIC
The State of Online Learning in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A COVID-19 Impact Study for Higher Education
O'Keefe, Lynette; Dellinger, Justin T.; Mathes, Jennifer; Holland, T. L.; Knott, J.
Online Learning Consortium
With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting education across the globe in early 2020, many educators found themselves rapidly transitioning to remote learning without the appropriate knowledge, skills or resources. For many higher education students, this resulted in less than optimal learning experiences. To ensure that high quality online learning is being offered in the future, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) commissioned a study to understand the state of online learning pre-, peri- and post-COVID. The study culminated in a number of recommendations to allow the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to effectively build infrastructure and capacity and to deliver high quality online learning. The study focused on eight dimensions, each with several subdimensions, and included survey and interview data, contextualized within the KSA higher education environment for both development and analysis. Dimensions included Leadership, Curriculum Design and Planning, Online Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Technology, Student Support, Training and Support, and Evaluation and Continuous Improvement. Each of these dimensions and their associated subdimensions are discussed at length in the report, but there were several overarching themes that emerged. This report has been organized into four primary sections and includes several appendices. The introduction provides context for the study, the methodology section provides information regarding the development and analysis of both quantitative survey instrumentation and qualitative protocols as well as a summary of participants, the recommendations section provides data interpretation and recommendations by dimension and subdimension (aligned with the Future Action Framework), and the considerations for future study section contains recommendations for further research based on this study as well as findings indicating potential future expansion. Finally, the appendices provide details on evaluation, research, and action frameworks, a glossary of common terminologies recommended resources, the literature review, survey and interview protocols, and a full listing of tables, charts, and graphs. [This study was coordinated with the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia's National eLearning Center.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A