The challenges of developing blended learning in the first electronic university in the Arab world (Saudi Electronic University)

Abstract

This article reviews the impact of electronic learning (eLearning) on universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. eLearning (also known as distance learning) was initially seen as a solution to overcome two major challenges faced by the higher education sector. The first was to ensure there was sufficient provision within the HE sector to match the rapidly growing population of high school graduates; the second was to provide a means for potential students to engage in undergraduate study where travel to university campuses was difficult or impossible. The latter objective was intended to have distinct appeal to women who are not allowed to drive. After much enthusiasm for such provision graduates discovered that distance learning degrees were not being recognised by potential employers or by universities as an entry requirement for postgraduate study. Consequently, the Ministry of Education determined that the newly created electronic university was to lead on all eLearning which was to be a mix of face to face and distance learning – blended learning. The challenges facing SEU for effective implementation of this provision are examined here.

Alshathri, S. (2016) The challenges of developing blended learning in the first electronic university in the Arab world (Saudi Electronic University). Educationalfutures, [online] Vol. 3(7). Available at: http://educationstudies.org.uk/?p=6138 [Accessed 18 Nov, 2017].


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Volume 7(3) 2016


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