Journal of Management Information and Decision Sciences (Print ISSN: 1524-7252; Online ISSN: 1532-5806)


Arab Open University students??? perceptions and experiences regarding an online learning during covid-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia

Author(s): Belhaj, F.A.

The aim of this study is to explore universities students’ perceptions and preferences on online learning, due to the change happened on education process due to the COVID-19 pandemic and universities lockdown. This shift in education from face-to-face to online learning process has become more prevalent in KSA due to COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes particularly important to explore students’ experiences, and most important revealing their perceptions and preferences. The study employed a descriptive survey and the data was collected by using an online questionnaire. Simple random sampling was used and the questionnaire distributed to all students in AOU, KSA. Data was collected of 4031 respondents. The main results showed that 57% of the students liked online learning. In addition, 56% of respondents preferred to study in class, while 47% of them liked studying through blended learning. Moreover, 50% of the respondents showed their willingness to continue an online learning in future. The main recommendations that future researches can be conducted in different universities, and examine online learning effectiveness. It is also recommended for universities to shift in to online learning and urged them to offering blended learning

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