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Are We Ready for Cyberlearning? A Study by Students, about Students, for College Leaders

Version 1 : Received: 24 February 2022 / Approved: 25 February 2022 / Online: 25 February 2022 (15:20:55 CET)

How to cite: Davies, P.M.; Alotaishan, R.M.T.; Alabdulwahed, H.K.A.; Khan, A.M.F.; Ateya, R.M.; Alkhamis, T.S.; Alodhieb, A.A.A. Are We Ready for Cyberlearning? A Study by Students, about Students, for College Leaders. Preprints 2022, 2022020340 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202202.0340.v1). Davies, P.M.; Alotaishan, R.M.T.; Alabdulwahed, H.K.A.; Khan, A.M.F.; Ateya, R.M.; Alkhamis, T.S.; Alodhieb, A.A.A. Are We Ready for Cyberlearning? A Study by Students, about Students, for College Leaders. Preprints 2022, 2022020340 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202202.0340.v1).

Abstract

Many assumptions exist about online learning and its impact on college students. Hitherto, the views of those meant to be the beneficiaries of this technology have been given little consideration despite the fact that students use cyberspace for academic work and beyond. This qualitative case-study report is based on research conducted by college students at a private university in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The aim was to examine the online learning experiences of their peers during the first wave of the coronavirus global pandemic, with a view to understand how prepared their university is for an academic genre located in cyberspace. The findings are based on the perspectives of 2,298 college students responding to a survey administered to the entire student population comprising around 9,000 individuals. They suggest that increasing opportunities for cyberlearning could have positive effects on students. Also provided is cautionary advice about the need to improve teaching pedagogies and combat academic dishonesty.

Keywords

cyberlearning; educational innovation; higher education; online learning; student voice

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Education Studies

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