Learning Object Repositories in e-Learning: Challenges of Learners in the Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Almegren, Siti Zuraiyni Yassin, Jul 01, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The very fact that it's Saudi Arabia, a nation of 29 million people with a unique culture and economy, makes open learning repositories a challenge. "There is no doubt that the financial demand for the implementation of e-learning and its technology is enormous, especially in Saudi Arabia [but] Saudi Arabia has lacked the local expertise or mastery necessary in various areas of Internet and e-learning technologies and has therefore relied highly on foreign professionals [and] a person’s actions through sight (e.g., reading and watching), speech, sound (e.g., listening) and touch (e.g., doing) must be in line with Islam." Also, "Women do not receive equal e-learning opportunities, a reality reflected in Saudi universities, where the majority of accepted students are male."

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