Exploring Open Distance Learning at a Jordanian University: A Case Study


  • Khalil M. Dirani University of Georgia
  • Seung Won Yoon Northern Illinois University




Online Learning, ADDIE Model, Arab Region, Arab Open University


This case study explores an open distance learning program offered by the Information Technology and Computing (ITC) department at AOUJ, a major university in Jordan. It provides an overview of e-learning in the Arab region and explores factors that affect ODL quality in the Arab Open University in Jordan (AOUJ). The research utilized a qualitative approach, which included five lengthy semi-structured interviews with the program director, two instructors, and three students. Three important conclusions can be drawn from the study about e-learning in the Arab region: (1) the existence of adverse conditions, (2) the presence of strong instructional practices, and (3) the need to improve administrative support.

Author Biographies

Khalil M. Dirani, University of Georgia

Dr. Khalil M. Dirani, Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Organization Development (HROD) at the University of Georgia, has been actively working in the field of HRD for over eight years. Khalil was born in Lebanon and had his undergraduate degree at The American University of Beirut (AUB) and his master’s degree in Business Management from The Lebanese American University (LAU). Khalil earned his PhD degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).The focus of his research is to look at relations between learning cultures in organizations and work-related outcomes, such as organizational commitment and job satisfaction in international contexts, especially the Middle East. Khalil currently serves on different professional and academic committees within the Academy of Human Resource Development, the Academy of Management, and the AERA.

Seung Won Yoon, Northern Illinois University

Dr. Seung Won Yoon, a native Korean, is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment at Northern Illinois University. His teaching and research focuses on applying theories of learning, instruction, and message/information design to e-learning, blended learning, knowledge management, and human performance technology. He serves on the editorial board for the journals of Quarterly Review of Distance Education and the International Journal on E-Learning, and is an active member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and the Academy of Human Resource Development.



How to Cite

Dirani, K. M., & Yoon, S. W. (2009). Exploring Open Distance Learning at a Jordanian University: A Case Study. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v10i2.599