The reciprocal and correlative relationship between learning culture and online education: A case from Saudi Arabia

  • Amani K Hamdan university of Dammam Amani Hamdan, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.A.Ed., Ph.D. University of Western Ontario Alumnus Assistant Professor College of Education, University of Dammam KFMMC 31932 DAHRAN P. O. Box 946 Dammam, Saudi Arabia Tel and Fax: 03-890-4026 amanihamdan2004@yahoo.ca
Keywords: Education, Distance Education, Open Learning, Open Education, E-Learning

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to build on the insights of educators regarding the relationship between culture and online learning. More specifically, this paper aims to explore the ways in which students’ culture of learning is changing as a result of the introduction of various modes of online learning. It also aims to explore the ways in which culture and cultural values affect the application and success of online-learning strategies. Particular attention is directed to learners’ perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of online communication. The paper is based on primary data drawn from undergraduate female students’ responses regarding how online education is changing their learning culture and how their culture is influencing online education. Sixty-seven undergraduate Saudi female students participated in the survey. The literature in the field of online and distance education is explored to help answer these questions. The participants indicated that online education helped them to challenge some cultural norms, enhance their learning culture, and improve their communication skills.

Author Biography

Amani K Hamdan, university of Dammam Amani Hamdan, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.A.Ed., Ph.D. University of Western Ontario Alumnus Assistant Professor College of Education, University of Dammam KFMMC 31932 DAHRAN P. O. Box 946 Dammam, Saudi Arabia Tel and Fax: 03-890-4026 amanihamdan2004@yahoo.ca

Assistant professor

Faculty of Education

Published
2014-01-27
How to Cite
Hamdan, A. K. (2014). The reciprocal and correlative relationship between learning culture and online education: A case from Saudi Arabia. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v15i1.1408
Section
Research Articles