Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

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eLearning in Saudi Arabian Universities: Toward Blended Learning

  • Sulaiman Alshathri
  • Trevor MaleEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60013-0_223-1

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Introduction

This entry discusses the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), a country with an immense natural resource of oil, the production and sale of which underpins the economy of the country. The country has a rapidly growing population that in 2018 was over 33 million, of which 58% were below the age of 34 years. One consequence of such rapid population growth is that colleges and universities within the country have been confronted with two challenges during the current century: to improve the quality of education and to make higher education available to a vast and increasing number of students.

There have been some key emergent issues in that scenario that initially led the Ministry of Education to permit universities to develop wholly online degree programs. First, the physical size of the country makes it difficult for all potential students to attend university campuses, especially women...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCL Institute of EducationLondonUK
  2. 2.London Centre for Leadership in Learning, UCL Institute of EducationLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bill Davey
    • 1
  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia