Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021                       Pp.359-376

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 Effect of COVID-19 on Education in Saudi Arabia and E-Learning Strategies 

 Dalal Bahanshal
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah- Saudi Arabia

  Intakhab Alam Khan
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah- Saudi Arabia
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Received: 4/18/2021        Accepted: 7/2/2021          published: 7/26/2021

The overall purpose of this paper is to explore the adverse effect of COVID-19 on the learning environment in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Considering that the impact of the coronavirus on education was abrupt, there was no contingency plan to mitigate the effect other than to shift to remote learning. The research addresses the question whether online/distance learning classes were effective. To deal with the research questions, the authors elicited teachers’ and students’ perceptions of regarding the challenges they faced amidst COVID-19 in learning via virtual mode- the only alternative e-learning strategy available at the time of social distancing. Hence it is important to mention that King Abdulaziz University (KAU) has been using e-learning/blended learning for more than a decade under the umbrella of the deanship of distance learning of KAU, however, in a different scenario. Data was collected from teachers and students through two questionnaires (adapted). The results reported that the majority of the participants had positive attitudes towards E-learning. It was also found that students were prepared to shift to online mode to avoid any academic loss.
Keywords: COVID-19, E-learning strategies, distance learning, Saudi Arabia’s education, perception, social distancing

Cite as: Bahanshal , D., &  Khan, I. A.(2021). Effect of COVID-19 on Education in Saudi Arabia and E-Learning Strategies
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (7). 359-376.


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Received: 4/18/2021 
Accepted: 7/2/2021
Published: 7/26/2021 

Dalal Bahanshal ,An assistant professor of Education Dalal Bahanshal holds an MA in TESOL (UK) and a PhD in Education (Scotland). An awardee of the Scientific Excellence Award, 2017 (UK), Dr. Bahanshal’s areas of interests include bilinguals and monolinguals teacher effectiveness, teaching methods, teaching/learning strategies, and educational policy reform. Her ORCID ID is:

Intakhab Alam Khan, an educationist, teacher, researcher and author from New Delhi-India, is presently associate professor (Education) at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-Saudi Arabia. An author of 18 books and around 80 papers in international journals/edited books, Dr Khan is an honorary chief editor/associate editor/asst. editor of many online international educational journals. His ORCID ID is: