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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

Case study: Applying Online Courses at King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia

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Author Adel Ibrahim Qahmash
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 672-675
Volume No. 5
Issue No. 9
Issue Date October 1, 2014
Publishing Date October 1, 2014
Keywords Online learning, higher education


The integration of online teaching into higher education in Saudi Arabia occurred relatively late and is still dealing with difficulties in terms of instructional delivery, quality, and most importantly students’ learning outcomes. This study focuses on students’ performance when using both traditional and online learning methods based on data collected from a course taught by one of the faculty members in the Computer Science College at King Khalid University. In the course, called Computer Ethics, students were divided into two sections: (1) a face-to-face section, with 43 students; and (2) a fully online section, with 28 students. An independent sample t test was used to compare the means of students’ final grades from both sections. We assumed that both sections’ means would be equal; however, the results of the independent sample t test revealed that this was not the case. Therefore, we rejected the null hypotheses and accepted the alternative.

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