Distance education in higher education in Saudi Arabia in the post-COVID-19 era

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Amani K. H. Alghamdi
Wai Si El-Hassan
Arif A. M. H. Al-Ahdal
Ahmed A. Hassan


COVID-19 has changed the field of education. This paper aimed to re-envision the post-pandemic higher education landscape in Saudi Arabia. This study employed descriptive-qualitative research design. Twenty postgraduates completed a journal task at a public university in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The responses revealed their first-hand experience of multi-sectorial communities caused by the COVID-19 lockdown, including students, parents and teachers. Results showed that there are seven positive and eight negative impacts of emergency distance education caused by the pandemic lockdown and various themes have emerged, including Social and Educational. To succeed in the post-pandemic era, teachers need to acquire online pedagogical content knowledge and teaching strategies, conduct effective student evaluation and engage students in both virtual and in-person labs and classrooms. This study contributes to quality access of students toward online learning in countries, where distance education is still in its infant stage, such as Saudi Arabia.


Keywords: Distance education, post-secondary education, teacher training, teaching strategies, networked learning


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Alghamdi , A. K. H. ., El-Hassan , W. S., Al-Ahdal, A. A. M. H., & Hassan , A. A. (2021). Distance education in higher education in Saudi Arabia in the post-COVID-19 era. World Journal on Educational Technology: Current Issues, 13(3), 485–501. https://doi.org/10.18844/wjet.v13i3.5956