Implementation of interactive television technology in distance education higher learning programs in Saudi Arabia
Sami Abahussain, University of Southern California, United States
University of Southern California . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to review the feasibility of offering higher education programs through distance learning via interactive technology television (ITT) to those living in remote areas of Saudi Arabia. Specifically, the study examined the following questions: (a) What is the administrators' and teachers' perception and attitude regarding the use of Interactive Television Technology (ITT) in higher education, adapting the current curriculum in Saudi Arabia to interactive television technology, and the practicality of implementing interactive television technology in remote communities? (b) Is there a difference between administrators' and teachers' attitude, and perception toward distance education via ITT in general? (c) Is there a significant difference between administrators' and teachers' attitude and perception associated with adapting the current higher education curriculum to distance education via ITT? (d) Is there a significant difference between administrators' and teachers' attitude and perception toward the practicality of implementing distant education via ITT in remote communities?
Saudi Arabia is a large country with many communities isolated from major cities and established colleges and universities. It was believed that providing higher education program through distance education via ITT would greatly benefit the people and the nation. However, it was also recognized that such programs would not be successful unless they had the full support of universities, administrators and teachers.
The study investigated 86 subjects, 25 were administrators and 61 teachers currently working in higher education in Saudi Arabia. The Methodology selected was to investigate the current use of ITT in higher education based on previous research studies. Primary research consisted of the distribution of a questionnaire to administrators and instructors working in higher education in Saudi Arabia to identify perception and attitude toward the feasibility of introducing higher education via ITT to remote areas of Saudi Arabia.
The results of this study found that administrators and teachers currently working in higher education in Saudi Arabia favor offering courses to remote areas of the Kingdom. The misconception regarding the use of technology for delivering higher education wen not found to exit as the respondents were found to be knowledgeable and aware of the need and benefits of delivering such programs using ITT.
Abahussain, S. Implementation of interactive television technology in distance education higher learning programs in Saudi Arabia. Ph.D. thesis, University of Southern California. Retrieved March 22, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/124083/.
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