Reflections on a Trial Implementation of an E-Learning Solution in a Libyan University

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Rhema, Amal and Miliszewska, Iwona (2011) Reflections on a Trial Implementation of an E-Learning Solution in a Libyan University. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 8. pp. 61-76. ISSN 1547-5840 (print) 1547-5867 (online)

Abstract

E-learning is fast becoming an essential method of delivering education. Recently, many tradi-tional education systems have shifted towards new methods of teaching and learning thanks to the proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs); this shift includes e-learning initiatives undertaken in developing countries. This paper describes a pilot initiative in-troduced at the Department of Data Analysis of the Faculty of Accounting of the Aljabal Algharbi University in Gharian, Libya. The initiative was conceived in the context of a project that aimed at solving the Department’s educational problems and improving the flexibility of its educational offering. This paper outlines the status of e-learning in the Department prior to the pilot project and presents an analysis of the strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats (SWOT) of the De-partment with respect to using web-based instruction. It discusses the details of project implemen-tation and its capacity to support a new pedagogical framework (‘before’, ‘during’, and ‘after’ activities) for teaching and learning in the Department. Finally, the paper presents the reflections of students, instructors, and technical staff on the trial implementation of the e-learning solution and concludes with a set of proposed recommendations for the future.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7869
Official URL http://iisit.org/Vol8/IISITv8p061-076Rhema216.pdf
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Keywords ResPubID22789, e-learning, developing country, web-based system, higher education, SWOT analysis, flexible learning
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