Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021                      Pp. 80- 94

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Devices and Platforms Used in Emergency Remote Learning and Teaching During
Covid19: A Case of English Major Students in Saudi Arabia

Mishal H. Al Shammari
English Language and Translation
College of Languages and Translation
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Received:  2/4/2021               Accepted:  3/24/2021                    Published:  4/26/2021 

This study investigates the experiences of English major students at the College of Language and Translation (COLT) in King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, with Emergency Remote Learning and Teaching (ERLT) during the Covid-19 crisis.  It focuses on the students’ preferences for devices and platforms, and gender differences influencing their choices. The study is of significance because it considers the student-centered learning approaches.  The paper also seeks to answer the question as to the factors that lead students to make their preferences for the online teaching tools and devices. A total of 150 students, both men, and women, participated in the study. An online survey was carried out in the form of questionnaires to elicit their responses. The results showed that laptop computers were the dominant devices students used and preferred. They also revealed that the Zoom platform came first in students’ preferences, followed by Blackboard. Also, the findings showed that although participants used smartphones in their ERL, they did not recommend it, and it came last compared to laptops, tablets, and desktop computers in their order of preference.  Gender differences existed in preferences to desktops and tablets in ERL. Another gender difference existed in preferences to platforms. Women students preferred Blackboard to Zoom while men students expressed the opposite.
Keywords: Blackboard and Zoom, devices and platforms, emergency remote learning and teaching, English major students, gender differences, Saudi universities.

Cite as: Al Shammari, M. H. (2021). Devices and Platforms Used in Emergency Remote Learning and Teaching During Covid-19: A Case 0f English Major Students in Saudi Arabia. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (1) 80- 94


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Received: 2/4/2021  
Accepted: 3/24/2021
Published: 4/26/2021     

Dr. Mishal H. Al Shammari is an assistant professor at the English Language and Translation Department at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His research interests include digital learning, digital transformation in higher education, mobile learning, and academic leadership and change.