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Title: An E-Learning Approach to Secondary Education in Palestine: Opportunities and Challenges
Authors: Shraim, K.
Khlaif, Z.
Keywords: e-learning; student-centered learning; readiness; conflict context; Palestine
Issue Date: 20-Jul-2010
Publisher: Information Technology for Development
Citation: Shraim, K. and Khlaif, Z. (2010) An E-Learning Approach to Secondary Education in Palestine: Opportunities and Challenges. Information Technology for Development, 16(3), 159-173.
Series/Report no.: 16;3
Abstract: The rapid growth of ICT, especially the Internet, opens up the possibility of a new teaching and learning paradigm. The e-learning approach has internationally been deemed necessary to enable twenty-first century learners to adapt to global changes. This paper explores the potential of e-learning methods in conflict situation with mobility restrictions to enhance the educational process and to provide continuous learning for secondary students in Palestine. An interactive web-based application prototype called the Alaws Educational Network (AEN) developed providing a variety of methods for a student-centered learning process including virtual classrooms, a discussion forum and e-training courses. Students and teachers were asked to evaluate different aspects of the AEN in terms of usefulness, self-efficacy, willingness and challenges as indications of their ability and readiness to embrace e-learning. The results show that both students and teachers have positive attitudes towards the usefulness of e-learning methods but that they might not yet be ready to adopt them. This paper further highlights several challenges to implementing e-learning in public schools in developing countries and discusses the opportunities offered by elearning technologies in a conflict context.
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