Emirati Student Voices on E-learning Readiness
Fida Atallah, Jase Moussa-Inaty, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-05-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
The study investigates student readiness towards e-learning in a public university in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An online survey designed to explore student attitudes and readiness included items related to different aspects of e-learning such as time, cost, engagement and involvement, motivation and interest, emotional status, performance, computer skills, flexibility, credibility, communication and interaction, collaboration and readiness. Integrating the findings of qualitative and quantitative analyses reveals a willingness on part of students to enroll in e-learning courses due to the perceived value in terms of flexibility of time and location, time and money saving, time management and updating skills. Students unwilling to enroll in e-learning courses expressed concerns related to the lack of face-to-face interaction and physical presence in the classroom thus affecting interaction and engagement. They perceive e-learning as less effective than classroom based learning.
Atallah, F. & Moussa-Inaty, J. (2013). Emirati Student Voices on E-learning Readiness. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2013--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1730-1736). Las Vegas, NV, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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