Mahfoud Benghet - Transfer Talk - 10th December 2014

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Transfer Talk
Mahfoud Benghet

Title: Assessing Readiness of Faculty Members for e-Learning Adoption in Crises Countries

Supervisor: Dr. Markus Helfert

Abstract:

The rapid developments, widespread of Internet and communication technologies (ICT) have materially altered many characteristics and concepts of the learning environment. In crises countries like Libya, Tunisia and Egypt where a series of protests led to governments and leaders overthrown, education in universities were paralysed by the crisis. Moreover, fighting between different political parties has created a crisis of refugees. In fact, e-Learning method would have facilitated learning while students were in other countries as refugees and asylum seekers. However, despite considerable amount of research on e-Learning, little has been carried out from the perspective of faculty members, as a determinant for any successful implementation. In crises countries the concept of e-Learning is new and in order to benefit from e-Learning, it is imperative for educational providers in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) to conduct a substantial up-front analysis of faculty's readiness. This is essential to determine the potentiality of implementation as it is a preparatory stage of fully incorporating e-Learning.

The objective of this research is to develop an assessment instrument that allows assessing faculty's readiness. The key elements of the approach are an e-Learning Readiness Assessment Model (eL-RAM) with its Assessment Measurement Instrument (AMI) is described. The research was conducted using Design Science Research (DSR) which focuses on the development of artefacts. A major contribution of this research is the provision for practitioners an assessment instrument for assessing faculty under the constraints of crisis countries.