My experience : Byan Mohammad Al- Ghaberi

E-learning is a unique way of  learning   in a veritable and fun approach , it allows   students   skills to grow and exposes hidden  talents that have been   concealed   for years . As  a student that came across both ways in learning (Traditional and E  learning ) and  from  experiencing  e learning  through  one of the Islamic subjects  I studied,  I  noticed a big difference between the two approaches . Traditional  learning  defects were very obvious  to me after  my experience with e learning ,  traditional learning   limits  the methods  of learning  for these   mutual subjects ,  for we only attend  our lectures  as listeners and leave the class room as only that ! we memorize what we can on the day of the  exam and  receive grades  ,but  without  a clear  knowledge outcome  of the subject,   our grades may be excellent  ,but as for  many of us  the  content of the subject is still a wonder ! . On the other hand  e learning is  a two way  approach you  take as much as you  give , it is a very easy  and fun way to learn and the benefits seem to remain even after the end of the course .  

Therefore I encourage  e-learning specially in mutual subjects , mainly  if the  professor is  cooperative ,  qualified and helps  you   search and explore  all aspects  of the material .  Doctor Bandar Abdul  Wahab is an example  that had a  clear impact   in  describing  the course to us  in a  different   integrated way   , he also gave us the chance to discuss and express our opinions  and for that I sincerely  thank him and   all those   in this system . 

 

Jamila Mohammed Masoud Al-Bishi

 - How did you benefit from e-learning?

 Advantages of E-Learning were great , ranging from the completion of assignments required at any time, anywhere with the presence of lectures. Also, even though the student absent from class she found the lecture on Blackboard. The system is so easy to access and allow us to communicate with teachers of both sexes, it is really a great jump in the world of education.

- When and how you join to the team e-learning and what is the role that you have done?

In fact, I did not join the team of e-learning, but I wish to do so. But, although I did not join, I help my colleagues in how to log onto e-learning system and how to deal with the tools and options.

- What is the reason behind your support for e-learning at the university?

Indeed, the motivation for me that I always aspire for the advancement of education in our dear country, as I always think that is the right of every student to study at all educational levels by e-Learning.

- How do you see the future of e-Learning at the University?

It is great step shining in the sky of excellence which has many positives also has a downside, but I am confident that those negatives will be overcome by the University.

 

 

 

Abdullah Khanfur

A rare success in the field of e-learning, KKU is one of the few universities that have achieved progress in e-learning endeavours in KSA. The e-learning deanship has provided several opportunities to promote e-learning in too little a time since the establishment of the e-learning deanship.

Applications of e-learning have contributed to activating students’ learning in KKU, making it more effective and fruitful than ever before; it also made learning more lithe and blithe than traditional methods of learning with new tools, such as virtual classrooms, discussion boards, course for a, where students can overcome traditional barriers to learning.
E-learning conduced to easy application of modern educational ideology such as cooperative and collaborative learning. In my point of view, and in my own experience, e-learning has broken taboos and barriers traditionally encountered in ordinary classrooms; dimensions of e-learning are more spacious and inclusive than those of traditional learning; the former is elastic, interactive and bi-directional whereas the latter is rigid, teacher-centred and uni-directional; students sit passively to receive information in traditional learning modes, while they actively participate in e-learning through enquiry, exploration, interaction and participation at all levels and phases of learning, with a sense of preparedness compared to other traditional modes of learning.

One big motive for learning over Blackboard are our professors; the traditional unidirectional method of lecturing and inculcation have become obsolete; as students we no longer can learn under these circumstances due to time and locale constraints, not to mention the classroom factors which are not effectively conducive to active learning. E-learning has broken these barriers and learning has become student-centred.
In the long run, e-learning will reduce educational costs and make learning more effective; it will change the concepts of university learning sooner or later..

E-learning will facilitate traditional learning besides its own specific advantages, given the wonderful communication techniques available with it; it will also save time and effort, as well as break the red tape embedded in procedures with enrollment in traditional educational programmes; information exchange will be more easily accessible and more fun.
Therefore, with universities adapting e-learning to match their programmes and the advancements in informatics, motivation for e-learning is on the increase which has facilitated learning and made more efficient than ever before.
As for barriers, the biggest problem with e-learning is that the necessary skills for e-learning have not been mastered by students; all tools and facilities are new to students, but still the problem is a double-edged blessing; students are forced to train themselves and get accommodated to e-learning when in the not too distant future, they will be involved somehow with e-learning in their personal and professional lives after they will have graduated.

E-learning requires much effort on the part of all concerned. As I have experienced first-hand, e-learning specialists are flexible enough and ready to extend their assistance; they are also open to accept criticism and work by our suggestions for improving and promoting e-learning in KKU by leaps and bounds. In response to faculty and students’ requests for more services and facilities with e-learning, the e-learning deanship is working hard to make it the primary mode of learning in KKU in the not too distant future.
The future of e-learning is bright – gorgeous! We have one scholar teaching huge numbers of students via e-learning tools as if he were teaching just one student; so many people benefit by these facilities without barriers traditionally encountered before with respect to time and place constraints. Costs are decreasing dramatically with e-learning.

For all what we have mentioned earlier, e-learning is becoming significantly integral to university education along the past few years. E-learning has now been integrated into quality world university education programmes.
 

Mousa Washili

-How did you benefit by e-learning?
E-learning, or rightfully calling it a quality shift towards a quality education, is now changing the educational arena in KKU as a pioneering e-learning university in KSA. KKU is taking forward steps towards making available advanced e-learning and distance education technology, including software and video material that will revolutionalise e-learning in KKU by leaps and bounds.
I thank God for this grace we are now witnessing on the march towards advancement and progress in education. I would encourage my colleagues to make best use of this technological advancement.
 

- What opportunities did you seize to make e-learning effective for you? 
E-learning systems have made available for us software and video material as well as other electronic courseware intended to make our learning more efficient and fruitful. Discussion boards and communication channels available on Blackboard enrich the tutorials available on the system.
 

-What are the problems that you used to meet before e-learning was launched in KKU?
E-learning has solved a lot of problems for us that we used to come across in traditional systems of learning but are now solved. We now have easy access to tutorials and course materials as well as other learning resources more easily and effectively as well as quickly than ever before. The course forum, discussion boards, course email are only examples that show how accessible learning has now become. E-testing is more handy and manageable than traditional evaluation methods.
 

-How do you see the difference between traditional learning and e-learning?                                                          E-learning is up to date and keeps pace with the latest developments in technology. But still we cannot do without traditional learning formats; traditional learning is also important in its own right. E-learning supports, complements and supplements traditional learning.
 

-What role did you play to promote e-learning in KKU?
I did my best to disseminate e-learning in my student community through course forums, discussion boards, and asking questions that are intended to promote and expand e-learning in my community. I downloaded tutorials and video materials related to the courseware and are intended to make learning more appropriate to learning styles and easier to pursue.
 

-What motivated you to pursue and promote e-learning in KKU?
E-learning is rich in a plethora of benefits and learning opportunities that have made learning easier to pursue for a life. I have already mentioned some of such opportunities available for us via Blackboard, but it can also be said that my motivation for learning has increased by dint of e-learning. Also, e-learning promotes creativity and critical thinking. In addition, curricular content can best be presented in e-learning formats, never available in traditional modes of learning.

-How do you envision the future of e-learning in KKU?
The future of e-learning is gorgeous; it will push us forward in our pursuits towards success and progress; it can disseminate knowledge and lead up to advancement. I would finally like to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the people working in the e-learning deanship for whatsoever they did to promote this medium of learning in KKU, our beloved university.
 

Mayy Hadaj AlReweili

- How was e-learning benefitable to you?
I use e-leaqrning extensively in my life; e-learning offered more opportunities for teacher-learner communication to the good of learning in the best way possible.
 

- What are the demerits and problems associated which e-learning systems have overcome in KKU?
E-learning has successfully dealt with many defects about traditional learning such as:
Insufficient time in classroom;
Students were unable to discuss and enquire freely in classroom due to problems of shyness or time constraints;
It fosters more activity on the part of students who initiate discussions and assignments that can be easily uploaded, solved and marked online;
Students can better communicate with one another and with course instructors at any time.
 

- What challenges did you overcome when you started e-learning in KKU?
The worst was that students did not like it at the very beginning; they thought it an intrusion on the traditional method of learning. Sometimes, the notion of e-learning is vague to some students, and at many times, there is no connectivity to the Internet at home or in college. Some students rejected it altogether at the inception, but over time, they started to appreciate it with the efforts of faculty who encourages us to use the medium for our efficient learning.
 

-What are the motives that made you support e-leaqrning in KKU?
I love new innovations in education, and I think that this medium is profiting for us if we apply it in the best fashion.
 

-How do you envision the future of e-learning in KKU?
By the help of Allah, it is going to be a promising future with the efforts exerted by students, faculty, and e-learning deanship when the system becomes integral to university education in KSA. I hope it will become more widely used and constantly developed.
 

Nader Al-Shahrani

- How did you make use of e-learning?
I learn quickly with e-learning in a new instructional medium compatible with the way young learners think nowadays.

- What chances did you get with e-learning?
I can participate in e-learning in audio and video formats with peers as with teachers; I expect that the system gives me instant feedback to my contributions so efficiently that I consider blended learning as a time and effort saving mode of e-learning when individuals can learn at home or anywhere else synchronously or asynchronously. In addition, students do have easy access to curricular material and course tutorials instantly on Blackboard which is more convenient than the traditional blackboard.
 

- What do you think the difference is between e-learning and traditional learning?
Clearly, in a nutshell, e-learning is more convenient and more lively and lovely; it panders to the whims of compu-philes – those maniacs about computers and the Internet. Incorporating learning, a rigorous human activity, with a source for entertainment for many youths today is a gorgeous idea appropriate to up to 90% of students in Saudi universities. Traditional learning, which we have brought up on in the past, has become tediously boring; we, as youths, need to keep pace with the latest developments in a way that is commensurate, too, with our Islamic Sharia and religion, our customs and mores, and I think that e-learning does not clash with these things.

-What are the challenges that you overcame when you started to e-learn?
Only one obstacle! Namely, I didn’t have a PC, but the university has made available e-learning labs for blended learning and other purposes of relevance, but I eventually got one for my own use.
 

-What role did you play to promote e-learning in KKU?
I sought to disseminate e-learning among my peers and colleagues.
What motivated you to support e-learning endeavours of KKU?
As earlier mentioned, e-learning is easy, fast and effective as well as efficient.
 

- How do you envision the future of e-learning in KKU?
With constant support, and tangible technical assistance on the part of the e-learning deanship, I anticipate that the endeavour will be a real success not only at the level of KKU, nut nationwide.
 

 

Abdul-Ilah AlAbasi

- How did you use e-learning facilities in KKU?
Today, we live an age of technology; whatsoever takes place in this age is speedy, interactive, and can occur ubiquitously. Education had a share of technology which made it accessible at a distance to keep up with the pace of life and the developments in technology. E-learning has revolutionalised the educational process; it impacted teachers, learners, resources of learning – even libraries have become digitized. These new e-learning sources have made the learning process more handy and efficient than traditional modes of educational delivery. The e-learning deanship of KKU is prominent amongst other deanships in the university locally and nationally; their efforts have provided a quality shift in educational progress in KKU and as compared to other Saudi universities nationwide.The deanship includes an elite staff and faculty members renowned for their good manners, erudition, patience, and instant helpfulness; they are redy to support students and staff members as well as faculty at anytime, anywhere in the country.The best about our e-learning initiative in KKU is the variety of educational activities that have become digitized; the variety of modes of delivery and presentation had made education more interesting, more exciting and more motivating for teachers and students alike. Such digitized interactive curriculum can easily be developed or upgraded quickly and efficiently. There are other benefits I could detect about the e-learning system in KKU:
Teaching methods varied with the advancement of e-learning technology;
Attending classes can take place synchronously and asynchronously in virtual space with fast and effectively;
Free communication with faculty and peers via course email and discussion boards and chat rooms available through Blackboard;
Multi-modal in presentation, Blackboard could provide learning content in visual, audio, or audio-visual and text fashions that suit a variety of learning styles of students;
Virtual classrooms are marvelous facilities on the Blackboard; the facility makes it accessible for faculty and students to communicate easily in audio or audio-video modes; other tools and facilities are richly available through Blackboard;
Teachers can be accessible on campus and off campus at any time of the day, even on off days;
Students can express their views easily and freely as never before; they can access knowledge in fashions more efficient than ever before in traditional classrooms;
Continual interactions between peers and with teachers are characteristic of this new learning environment.
 

- What advantages did you seize with e-learning systems in KKU?
- ICT facilitates learning potentials in students;
- E-learning is rich in a variety of learning sources and methods never available in traditional learning;
- Teaching methods available via e-learning are tactile enough to pander to the varied learning needs and anticipations of students;
- Promoting learning skills and aptitudes as well as attitudes of learners;
- Fostering self-development;
- Enabling self-reliance in learning and activating self-directed learning as well as developing learning potentials of students inasmuch as academic achievement is concerned;
- Providing equal opportunities for learning;
- Enabling students to express themselves and their ideas as well as fostering enquiry-based learning in a fashion more useful to them than it is in traditional methods of instruction.
 

- What are the problems that were overcome by e-learning systems?
- Time and place problems
- Testing and evaluation errors have been nearly done away with in e-testing;
- Flexible communications are more available than ever before;
- Tutorials are available for downloads to be reloaded and replayed if need be at anytime, synchronously and asynchronously;
- Time and effort are more saved in assignment uploading and marking procedures;
- Time and effort are more saved with educational innovations when everything can be available through e-bulletins, discussion boards, chat rooms, course material and tutorials all accessibly available online.
 

- What do you think the difference is between e-learning and traditional learning?
In traditional learning,
The classroom is teacher-centred, with the teacher being the primary source of knowledge and learning;
The student is better seen as a recipient of knowledge in a uni-directional educational process from teachers to students;
Individual differences are ignored, and one teaching method is there for all students no matter what their aptitudes, attitudes, or learning styles may be;
Students receive one primary training, and a follow-up training is only resorted to if need be;
A distinguished student is recognized and is later given more learning opportunities by teachers, whereas slow learners are ignored;
Learning resources remain the same for years without undergoing developmental upgrading;
Traditional learning is memory training, and is grounded in inculcation; it emphasizes the cognitive needs of students to the disadvantage of other aspects of the psychomotor dimensions of learning, such as skill development, problem-solving development, critical thinking and creative thinking skill development, enquiry-based learning, and attitudes, value systems, motivational aspects of learning, In e-learning,
The teacher is only a facilitator, a guide and counselor for students as to how to make best use of learning resources;Students learn by trial and error, by enquiry and exploration;
Individual variations are attended to, and needs are satisfied idiosyncratically;
Students are constantly learning, with a primary training via the system that initiates a life-long learning attitude;
Students have access to learning resources and to knowledge with no time or location impediments for a life;
Resources of learning are upgradable electronically to keep up with the latest developments in knowledge disciplines;The method is problem-based solving which fosters the creative and critical powers of students.

- What was your role in disseminating e-learning in KKU or your local community?
First of all, I joined a student team to support e-learning in KKU – a team that is affiliated to the e-learning deanship in KKU;Then, I organized training sessions for my colleagues in the college of medicine to train them on how to use Blackboard. And finally, I offer technical assistance to whoever requires it in my local community.

-What motivated you to support the e-learning endeavour in KKU?
E-learning is a modern instructional trend that offers immense services for students, and it has prominently been a widely used mode of learning worldwide. Since ours is an age of accruing ICT when technology and informatics have invaded our life ubiquitously, I feel motivated to spread it in my community and I do support it in KKU.
 

- How do you envision the future of e-learning in KKU?
It is a bright future, I anticipate, especially now that it is strongly consolidated by Dr. Abdullah AlWaleedi, the dean of e-learning and other e-learning specialists and experts in this wonderful deanship.

 

 

Zahra Said AlDhafer

 -How did u use e-learning? What learning chances did Blackboard bring forth to you?
None can ever deny the informatic revolution brought about by computers in our life, especially in our educational life. Our experience with e-learning makes it clear how important this mode of learning has become in our lives – a successful experience spawning out of tremendous efforts exerted by the e-learning deanship in KKU, especially as far as Blackboard and Flash are concerned. We used both systems in our learning of computer courses in the master’s programme. We had first hand experience with the two e-learning systems, and we had serious discussions about the use of both systems in our teaching as available via the e-learning deanship website. We had been introduced to the theory of e-learning as well as to practical applications of the two systems which we made use of in designing our Flash projects.
 

-What motivated you to support our e-learning endeavours at KKU?
Our professors, especially Dr. Abdullah AlAmri, Dr. Mostapha Ibrahim, and Dr. Noha had a great influence on us; they also extended their help expansively inasmuch as communication and collaboration are concerned. We also experienced the benefits of e-learning to the advantage of our own learning efforts.
 

- What did you do to disseminate e-learning in KKU?
We felt grateful to KKU; so, on our website (www.sofra-edu.com) , we devoted a section on e-learning in KKU, supervised by Dr. Mostafa Ibrahim, assistant professor of e-learning; the man exerted strenuous efforts on the site, but the division is still seminal, and is in need to more efforts and continual developments to give its well-aspired fruition.
 

- How do you see the differences between e-learning and traditional learning modes?
It is not only a matter of modal differences, but it is a difference of quality inputs, processes, and outputs of the whole educational system. E-learning enhances inputs, processes and outputs of this educational process occurring in cyberspace because it levels up to a quality education, new methods that enliven learner motivation, and excites lively discussions and interactions; in addition, information is presented in a multi-modal fashion that addresses a variety of learning and teaching styles.
 

- What challenging difficulties did you encounter while you were e-learning, but you overcame?
Like any new idea, difficulties crop up at the beginning, but are later solved with some degree of individual variation thereto. Some who joined the master’s programme via e-learning were basically teachers with some experience of how to employ e-learning in their own learning and teaching, but still there are many who had not had access to e-learning before. Overcoming emerging problems was not impossible – we could manage our own success; we had great ambitions which motivated us to continue our graduate studies in this new e-milieu. Thanks be to Allah, anyway!
However, the significant challenges that we encountered can be tacitly summed up in the following points:
Some were not interactively responsive to the new mode of e-learning;
Less support was presented to us by authorities concerned so as to activate e-learning in our own teaching;
Older versions of curricular activities are better suited to the traditional fashion of presentation rather than e-learning modes; these need to be upgraded to be compatible with the e-learning environment;
We need newfangled methodologies of pedagogy and andragogy that are commensurate with the mission of e-learning and that can make it an efficient method of self-directed learning.
 

How do you envision the future of e-learning in KKU?
The future is brightly promising, Inshaallah! Supported by an elite professoriate in KKU, this mode of learning will give fruition in the not too distant future. We extend our helping hands to you to make it effective, and we are ready to exert more effort to make the current practice a pioneering successful story in the history of e-learning in KSA.
 

Reem Talbi

E-learning for All
Under this motto, I penned my successful story with e-learning. Since I was in my tender years, I had a dream to pursue my graduate studies, and I really wished I could do realize my dream in King Khalid University. I never conceived of such a dream that could be easily facilitated into being through a medium so efficient as the e-learning environment. E-learning systems keep up with my dream; it supports it, and makes me feel that learning can make a difference if pursued through e-learning endeavours – an experience I can never had elsewhere in Saudi universities.Since my early errands with e-learning, I could realize at first blush the big difference between traditionally delivered learning and e-learning. I had a chance at both modes, but the difference, I could realize, was patently hugeous. It is different when you communicate in cyberspace with your professors via course email at any time, in any place wheresoever on earth. Swiftly! Marvelously! Not ever tedious or boring! Not a query is asked but quickly will there be an explanation or a reply that indicates fleet interactivity between students and teachers or peers when feedback is accessibly available on the spot when assignments are submitted or evaluations are carried on. The medium provides access to tutorials and lectures that can be downloaded direct off the e-learning pages, ready for a multi-modal reception anywhere, anytime on the globe.
I should not shut my eyes off the success of the virtual classroom experience – so wonderful an experience!
All such advantages of e-learning made me identify the success of the e-learning experience in all scopes – this experience has really added to my success and to the success of KKU as an emerging e-learning university that any student should be proud of joining as an e-learner.I cannot help but calling upon all students to join our e-caravan towards a purposeful e-learning endeavour at KKU.
I would love to thank all those who provided this chance to myself. I also thank in anticipation all faculty, staff members and students at KKU for their effective roles in activating e-learning in KKU as a seminal learning endeavour on my way to learning.

 

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.