Taha M. Mohamed, Ibraheem Alharbi (Management Information System Department, College of Business, University of Jeddah, KINGDOM of SAUDI ARABIA).
Disciplinary: Management Information System, Education Technology (Distance Education, eLearning).
Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic; Social Distancing; BlackBoard; e-Education; e-Testing process; University of Jeddah; Educational platform; Online examination; BlackBoard (BB) platform.
COVID-19 and recently COVID-20 are spreading dramatically worldwide. Vaccines have been made available. Preventive actions are still the most effective in confronting this infectious disease. One of the preventive actions is the social distancing between people aiming to decrease the infection. Social distancing is very useful in many fields characterized by a large number of connections, like education. In this paper, we examine the effectiveness of the distance education delivered at the University of Jeddah, on the BlackBoard (BB), in the age of the COVID pandemic. A survey is conducted with a total of 791 student participants. The questionnaire has three main variables related to distance education, examinations, and other environmental factors. Different master's/undergraduate students are involved. All education levels are also involved as well as different GPAs. Results show that 89% of the participants agree on BB's effectiveness in the pandemic age. Also, 60.6% of the participants express the effectiveness of BB regardless of the pandemic continuity. Cronbach's alpha equals 0.9. Students are willing to use distance technology in the testing and examinations process more than using them in the education process. A positive correlation exists between the three variables at a confidence interval of 95%. ANOVA tests show response differences based on colleges, GPA, educational level, and educational stage. These results are significant as the University may decide to continue on these services after the pandemic ends.
Paper ID: 12A13M
Cite this article:
Mohamed, T. M., Alharbi, I. (2021). Effectiveness of Distance Education Systems in the COVID Pandemic: A Case Study from the University of Jeddah. International Transaction Journal of Engineering, Management, & Applied Sciences & Technologies, 12(13), 12A13M, 1-17. http://doi.org/10.14456/ITJEMAST.2021.265