The potential role of collaborative learning in enhancing e-learning systems: evidence from Saudi Arabia
Salem Alkhalaf, Jeremy Nguyen, Anne Nguyen, Steve Drew, Griffith University, Australia
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Despite the considerable potential for e-learning to help bring about improved learning outcomes, particularly for female students and students who need to rely on distance learning, feedback from current users of e-learning systems in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) suggests a relatively low level of satisfaction. This study adopts a mixed -methods approach to investigate the underlying reasons for this situation. The results indicate that students are not unhappy with the information technology infrastructure or with other technical aspects. However, many students report a low level of interaction between them and their fellow students. When such interactions do occur, an overwhelming majority of students indicate tha t they find such interactions. Together, these findings suggest that greater student interaction, which could be fostered through the use of collaborative learning, is likely to be both popular with students and beneficial to their learning outcomes.
Alkhalaf, S., Nguyen, J., Nguyen, A. & Drew, S. (2011). The potential role of collaborative learning in enhancing e-learning systems: evidence from Saudi Arabia. In Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2011 (pp. 47-58). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.