Title

The expansion of e-learning in the UAE: Implications and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Shytance Wren, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education during COVID-19: International Perspectives and Experiences

Publication Date

8-13-2021

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced higher education institutions (HEI) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and globally to hastily rework their systems and become more innovative in their online teaching and learning approach. This chapter presents the conceptual basis for understanding, analyzing, and designing an informed implementation plan for new e-learning systems in the UAE. Rogers' (2003) Diffusion Innovation Theory is used to assess which factors affect the UAE’s public higher education institutions’ intention and ability to adopt e-learning during the COVID-19 era. It is determined, to lower complexities the pandemic presents and promote the UAE’s post-crisis growth, public HEI must rework their traditional higher education model while safeguarding the UAE’s social and cultural standards for e-learning. Overall, with the observed benefits of increased access and developing a new generation of technologically skilled creative thinkers, the UAE’s advanced infrastructure is equipped and ready to become a global hub for e-learning.

ISBN

9781000426762,9780367647155

First Page

229

Last Page

240

Disciplines

Education

Scopus ID

85114659655

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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