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Analysis of factors affecting the implementation of e-learning in higher education (HE) in Libya

Khashkhush, A 2011, Analysis of factors affecting the implementation of e-learning in higher education (HE) in Libya , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    e-learning means the use of information and communications technology and the inclusion of the internet in teaching and learning, e-learning enhances the learning process by offering a different way of delivering education. Colleges and universities are using e-learning to make learning more accessible and efficient. It affords students of all ages and abilities the chance to learn anywhere, at any time and at their own pace. Despite the importance of e-learning in Higher Education (HE) and human development in Libya, implementation of e-learning is facing a number of challenges in Libyan universities. Those challenges can be summarized as follows: leadership support; strategy; ICT infrastructure; culture; instructors and learners, and technical expertise. This research aims to identify the factors affecting the implementation of e-learning in HE in Libya The main aim of this research is to identify and analyse the factors that affect the implementation of e-learning in HE in Libya. In order to achieve the research aim, four objectives have been accomplished. This research has adopted a phenomenological philosophy and has used multiple case studies as a research strategy. Two case study organisations were selected from Libyan Public Universities. The relevant data was collected using different sources of evidence such as semi-structured interviews, documentation, and direct observations. In this research, the NVivo software version 7 and Explanation Building Methods were employed to analyse the collected data. The research process allowed the researcher to combine those factors that were consistent with the literature and also some factors emerging from the empirical work. Thereafter, the framework for the study, developed and adopted in the light ofthe research findings, and was utilised to develop an implementation e-learning framework in Libyan HE The following contributions to knowledge have emerged from this research. The research provides specific original findings which include: absence of strategy; poor communications skills which encompass poor knowledge of English Language among staff members and poor knowledge of computer literacy especially among old-generation staff members; and the UN embargo against Libya. These factors have not been identified in any of the previous literature. In addition, the findings of this research strengthen the existing literature on e- learning in HE and reduce the gap in knowledge applying to Libyan studies, and will help the Libyan HE Ministry and University's Colleges to determine a procedure for e-learning implementation.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: Eaton, D(Supervisor)
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 14:02
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26759

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