Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 6. July 2020                     Pp. 248 -260

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E-Teaching in Higher Education: an Innovative Pedagogy to Generate Digitally Competent
Students at King Khalid University

Shadma Iffat Rahmatullah
Department of English, College of Science and Art,
King Khalid University, Abha, KSA

Sufia Sultana
Department of English, College of Science and Art,
King Khalid University, Abha, KSA

Ghazala Sultan
Department of English, College of Science and Art,
King Khalid University, Abha, KSA



The education system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on the verge of digital advancement. Primarily, this research paper aims to examine how a digitally competent teacher can help the institution and its learners to achieve high-level competency in digital and academic learning, as well as to develop critical thinking. It also intends to focus on the characteristics of e-teaching and the consequences of learning competency with its implication in female undergraduate colleges of King Khalid University.  For the data collection, both the qualitative and quantitative approaches were employed. Several teachers were interviewed on their experiences with the utilization of digital sources, whereas, a large group of students from distinct study areas responded to a questionnaire to provide their feedback on their e-learning experience. The analysis indicates the necessity of appropriate trainings for e-teachers to handle the unexpected situations that occur during the teaching or evaluating process. Despite being a challenging task, they found it very useful to make students engaged with varied activities. The results also demonstrate that the e-teaching experience with digital media enables the teachers to assess their digital competence and teaching efficiency.
Keywordsdigital technology, e-teaching, e-learning, higher education, teacher’s digital literacy

Cite as:  Rahmatullah,S. I., Sultana, S., &  Sultan, G. (2020). E-Teaching in Higher Education: an Innovative Pedagogy to Generate Digitally Competent Students at King Khalid University. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (6).  248 – 260.


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Dr. Shadma Iffat Rahmatullah is an assistant professor of English literature at King Khalid
University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. Her Research interests include literature and Language studies,
educational technology, educational psychology, and pedagogical development. ORCiD ID:

Sufia Sultana is a lecturer in the Faculty of English language and Translation at King Khalid
University, Saudi Arabia. She has M.phil degree from Alagappa University, TN, India. She has
been teaching in faculty of language at King Khalid University for the past 11 years.

Ghazala Sultan is a lecturer in the Faculty of English language and Translation at King Khalid
University, Saudi Arabia. She is postgraduate in English Literature from the University of
Balochistan, Pakistan. She has been teaching in faculty of language at King Khalid University for
the past 7 years. ORCiD ID: