Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 7. July 2021 Pp.359-376
Effect of COVID-19 on Education in Saudi Arabia and E-Learning Strategies
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah- Saudi Arabia
Intakhab Alam Khan
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah- Saudi Arabia
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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