challenges of using virtual and concurrent e-learning in the faculties of Sebha University
Keywords:Sebha city, E-learning, Sebha University, COVID-19 pandemic, Libya
Because of technological development, the world has been able to face the variables of life and crises, especially those affect the continuation of the educational process, such as the current crisis "COVID-19 pandemic", which forced the world to move towards e-learning instead of traditional teaching. The present study investigated the challenges of using virtual and concurrent e-learning in the faculties of SebhaUniversity. Interviews and a questionnaires were used to collect the data using the descriptive, analytical approach and comparisons. Data were collected from several categories includes scientific affairs agents, quality officials, mechanization office officials, faculty members, and students. The results showed that a partial or total disparity were found between Sebha University colleges in terms of using e-learning with estimated an average of 22.22%, which falls within the average of concurrent virtual e-learning that use in the universities of Libya (i.e. 16-50%). The results confirm that the main challenges faces the virtual e-learning are the weakness of the Internet and power outages, as well as the lack of knowledge on how to use e-learning techniques among students and some faculty members. Also, the low income of students and parents is one of the problems that prevented from obtaining the e-learning requirements. Despite these challenges, the results confirmed that there is a desire to move towards virtual e-learning with a 90% acceptance rate for faculty of scientific affairs and quality in faculties, 100% by mechanization staff, and 91.2% by faculty members and 46.6% by students.
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