The Reality of Using E-learning Applications and The Readiness of Faculty Members: A Case Study

Galal edlin Abbas Eltayeb


E-learning has a significant role in motivating the faculty members in higher education, so the objective of this study is to investigate the real implementation of e-learning tools, and the readiness of faculty to experience e-learning in their educational activities, and how that motivates them. Faculty members of Qassim University (QU), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) participating in the research confirmed that e-learning is an element that affects their motivation and they have a favourable attitude towards the use of E-learning to enhance the educational activities. A questionnaire was applied to collect data from faculty members questioning the computer knowledge, knowledge of requirements of e-learning, the readiness of faculty members to use e-learning in teaching, and knowledge of e-learning tools that being able to use in teaching. The statistical method including comparing means and Pearson's correlation coefficient used for data analysis. The outcomes of this paper give a view of the real use of e-learning and its tools in normal teaching activities, and explore the readiness towards that. Over 90% of faculty members have the needed equipment, over 70% have the ability to use any LMS to deal with their courses, and over 95% can use good communication tools. Well, that entire represents attitude towards readiness of using e-learning applications based on their high knowledge of needed information and tools, this helps the institute to develop new techniques and methods for educational activities in higher education.


e-learning; faculty; readiness; motivation; higher education; Qassim University (QU); learning management system (LMS)

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