E-learning-An important aspect in Higher Educational organizations in Kuwait

E-learning-An important aspect in Higher Educational organizations in Kuwait

E-learning, a storm that is blowing the present world furthers greater access to knowledge. It has first emerged as the necessity to meet the challenges triggered by the rapid development of information technology.

The introduction of the e-learning took place in the developed countries leading to the benchmark of adoption and utilization of the new models. One can argue that the influential factors as well the barriers regarding the e-learning adoption within various regions and the societies can differ due to the difference in the degrees of intensity.

The education sector around the globe is adopting e-learning method widely. It has become one of the principal subjects of research and examination in the higher educational institutions. Kuwait is a well-established country concerning wealth. Since few decades, Kuwait’s government along with some reputed educational institutions is corely focusing on higher education with the involvement of e-learning. But, the regretful fact is that regardless of the higher standard of living in the country, it is lagging behind the other countries due to the insufficient innovation and production potentiality. The government and the specific organizations are undertaking joint venture for upgrading and updating the subject skills of the students, teachers, employees, etc.

The constant increasing use and adoption of the communication and the information technologies through the hands of Kuwait government and the allied institutions have led to the making of the infrastructure competent to adopt new technologies like e-government, e-learning, and e-commerce.

The term ‘e-learning’ is new to the Kuwaitis. Few numbers of local supplies proffer the systems of e-learning. The financial and the petroleum sector are the first to accept it. Presently, more organizations are coming forward to take e-learning system in their operations.

  • E-learning – A blessing of internet:

Owing to the intensive research and development to enrich the country with higher education, expansion of the use of technology is taking place. The internet and its usage are gaining much importance than ever before. The report of the Arab Human Development says that the number of internet users during 1990s was nil. It increased to around 23% n 2003. Again, in 2009, it has reached almost 37%.

Bearing in mind, the international movements nearing a society which will be information based, the method of e-learning is coming into the sphere of acceptance for the improvement of the training and learning of the organizations in Kuwait.

  • The proposed plan:

The Education Ministry of Kuwait has come forward to usher in the latest technologies in all the schools for the promotion of the interactive electronic learning. As per the director-general of the information center at the Education Ministry, Hana Al Sharrah, the plan is a portion of the educational modernization’s comprehensive strategy that is sponsored by the Minister of Education. The aim is to raise an entire generation of students who will be able to deal confidently with the scientific developments worldwide and educate themselves uninterruptedly.

Again, the plan is focused on promoting the methods of interactive electronic learning and strengthening the teachers’ capacity in bringing the creative talents of the students into full force. Hence, in 2008, the ministry adopted the educational modernization strategy that demanded e-learning or electronic learning. In September 2008, a ministerial decree was issued that is based on the clear strategy for setting up a precise supervisory panel for electronic education. The panel made headway to the standards of the e-educational projects and the relevant procedures. The middle school and the elementary schools and even the kindergarten gradually started following e-learning methods. The programs have the goal of creating education-friendly environments that help in employing the latest information and telecommunication technologies’ (ICT) application in the sphere of education.

  • E-education :- Merits:

If we concentrate on the merits of e-education, we can see that it helps in creating an interactive environment that is parallel to the traditional education. The students can now increase the barriers of time and place throughout the learning process. The learners can also effectively interact with the faculties and refine their individual skills. The ministry is presently executing essential projects for ameliorating the ICT infrastructure like Kuwait Gateway and an advanced data center. It is the largest center in the region of Middle East and connects all the schools to the ministry through an optical fiber network in alliance with the CAIT or Central Agency for Information technology and the Ministry of Communication.

Therefore, we can conclude by stating that Kuwait is also progressing in the matter of e-learning like other developed countries and gradually many universities and private institutions are opening the doors for the Kuwaiti students to get the taste of e-learning and pursue higher and professional education.

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