The potential role of collaborative learning in enhancing e-learning systems: evidence from Saudi Arabia

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Title The potential role of collaborative learning in enhancing e-learning systems: evidence from Saudi Arabia
Author Alkhalaf, Salem Saleh; Nguyen, Jeremy Duc Khanh; Nguyen, Anne T.; Drew, Steve
Publication Title ASCILITE 2011: Changing Demands, Changing Directions
Editor G. Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown & B. Cleland
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Tasmania
Publisher University of Tasmania
Abstract Despite the considerable potential for e-learning to help bring about improved learning outcomes, particularly for female students and students who need to rely on distance learning, feedback from current users of e-learning systems in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) suggests a relatively low level of satisfaction. This study adopts a mixed-methods approach to investigate the underlying reasons for this situation. The results indicate that students are not unhappy with the information technology infrastructure or with other technical aspects. However, many students report a low level of interaction between them and their fellow students. When such interactions do occur, an overwhelming majority of students indicate that they find such interactions. Together, these findings suggest that greater student interaction, which could be fostered through the use of collaborative learning, is likely to be both popular with students and beneficial to their learning outcomes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/hobart11/
Alternative URI http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/hobart11/downloads/papers/Alkhalaf-full.pdf
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 ASCILITE. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.
ISBN 978-1-86295-644-5
Conference name ASCILITE 2011
Location Hobart, Tasmania
Date From 2011-12-05
Date To 2011-12-07
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43583
Date Accessioned 2012-03-03
Language en_US
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Learning Sciences
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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