How Course, Contextual, and Technological Challenges are Associated with Instructors' Individual Challenges to Successfully Implement E-Learning: A Developing Country Perspective

Hanan Aldowah, Hosam Al-Samarraie, Samar Ghazal

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Abstract

Many universities and colleges in developing countries around the world have started using e-learning courses to keep up with the technological revolution of the higher education sector in the developed world. E-learning has served as a catalyst for higher education to expand in the last decade. However, there are still many challenges facing universities in the developing world, as they attempt to implement e-learning. This paper investigated the main challenges that could significantly impact the implementation of e-learning in developing countries. The main objective of this paper was to identify these challenges and examine how they are related to the challenges facing instructors when using e-learning systems. A total of 107 university instructors responded to an online questionnaire about their perceptions of the main challenges in implementing e-learning in a university context. A partial least squares structural equation model (PLS-SEM) was employed to test the relationships between certain course, contextual, technological, and individual challenges. Challenges related to the design of the course, the support provided, societal/culture, and technology were found to have a significant impact on the instructors' use of e-learning systems. Several implications for the policymakers and practitioners were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8685091
Pages (from-to)48792-48806
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Access
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Open Access journal

Keywords

  • E-learning
  • Higher education
  • Individual challenges
  • Technology utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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