The Effectiveness of E-learning in Saudi Arabia During the Spread of COVID-19

  • Anas Ali Alhur Department of Health Informatics


E-learning is becoming increasingly popular, and learners are being offered expanded opportunities to continue their education at a wide range of ages. No geographical boundaries prevent them from learning and various other benefits based on their situation and needs. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning in Sadia Ariba during COVID-19. Three hundred thirty-two respondents took part in the survey, with different grade levels, ages, and locations in the country. Among the respondents, 28.6% were males, and the females were 71.4%. The majority reported that e-learning is effective; according to the findings, 72.3% accessed the material easily. However, 23.2% and 29.2% responded naturally and disagreed regarding experiencing a good internet connection. In addition, 25.6% were not satisfied with teachers' skills in designing electronic learning content.41% accounted for natural and disagreed with receiving information through electronic learning, the same as traditional learning. The ministry of education should invest in electronic learning to utilize it even after overcoming COVID-19.


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How to Cite
ALHUR, Anas Ali. The Effectiveness of E-learning in Saudi Arabia During the Spread of COVID-19. International Journal of Advanced Research in Education and Society, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 4, p. 156-165, dec. 2021. ISSN 2682-8138. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 may 2022.