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The perceptions of Saudi students on using fully online courses at university level

Online learning is still emerging in Saudi Arabian universities. The literature review in this study showed the educational and cultural backgrounds that Saudi students have. The literature review also showed the seven generally used components of online learning. This study is an attempt to investigate the Saudi Arabian students’ perceptions of online learning, specifically regarding the seven components. This study investigates the questions of: What are Saudi Arabian students’ perceptions of online learning, specifically regarding seven generally used components? To what extent do Saudi ESL students perceive these components to help or hinder them in their fully online courses at the university level? Finally, to what extent do Saudi students believe online learning can be successfully applied in Saudi Arabia? A survey with 30 likert-scale questions was created by using SurveyMonkey. The survey was piloted by using the Cognitive Interviews, and then posted in Saudi students’ Facebook groups and also on my personal Twitter account to get as many participants as possible. The data were collected after three weeks, and 709 participants completed the whole survey. The data were carefully analyzed, and some recommendations were suggested.

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