Rihanna Misfer

- How did you experience e-learning in KKU?
In point of fact, the experience was new and enjoyable. We had a variety of approaches to e-learning in KKU. In my studies for my master’s, the focus has been on how to extensively use computers for my learning; lessons were prepared by students, set via Microsoft Word, and presented via Microsoft PowerPoint. Students began to master computer and Internet skills when students made massive use of the World Wide Web for searching how to prepare and develop lesson plans, how to do assignments, and how to use online learning – this helped a lot in enhancing their online learning skills.Communicating with faculty via course email, chat rooms, and discussion boards is really one method of e-learning. This has given students the chance to communicate with their teachers on a continual basis for submitting assignments, making queries, asking for explanations, without being ever restricted by time or locale constraints.I was one of the early generations who studied for their master’s in education at KKU via Blackboard when faculty members employed one version of e-learning, i.e., blended learning. The experience has been successfully outstanding. Students could use Blackboard easily and efficiently for their learning in interactive discussions on tutorials available for e-learning via Blackboard. They also helped one another communicate with their professors to make Flash, a software development project, a reality. The Flash project assigned to master students helped them benefit by e-learning the most; most important of all is that it helped consolidate the notion of e-learning in graduate studies; it also drew the attention of students to e-learning as a replacement of traditional learning in the ordinary classroom.

-Can you explain why you were awarded the KKU E-learning Prize?                                                                        When I started my MA’s programme, I felt it an urgent need to communicate with people of expertise in my area of specialty. I also deemed it necessary to exchange ideas and information with other students in the MA programme in education. Therefore, I suggested the construction of a website specifically designed for MA and PhD students in KKU. I proposed this notion to my colleagues, and to Dr. Abdullah AlAmri, the vice dean for graduate affairs at the College of Education, and the proposal was much welcomed. Many seconded my suggestion, and the notion was strongly fostered. A website was looming large; we chose a title for it – Forum of Ambassadors of Education. In time, with the assistance of my colleague, Ms. Zahra Al-Shahrani, we started designing and constructing this website. We have received as guests many faculty members affiliated to KKU; educational discussions took a wide space on the website, and so many visitors benefited by our website, with the grace of God and the assistance of my colleagues who supported me morally and financially.When I read about the e-learning award granted by KKU, and when I recognized that one domain of competition is websites of a distinctive feature designed by studentship, I worked towards contributing to the competitors with the Forum of Ambassadors of Education – the website that was nominated to win a prize, and I really made it, with the help of Gracious God.I must not miss the chance in this forum to extend my heartfelt gratitude for all those who helped me and stood by me during the construction and further upgrading of this website, specifically Dr. Abdullah AlAmri, the primary supporter of my proposal, and Ms. Zahra AlShehrani, the webmaster, and my colleagues in the Master of Education programme.