Case Study of Integrating Moodle into University Teaching in an Islamic Environment

Nashbat, Mohammed A. (2012) Case Study of Integrating Moodle into University Teaching in an Islamic Environment. In: 1st Moodle Research Conference (MRC2012), 13-15 September, 2012, Heraklion, Crete.

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In the academic year 2011/2012, Alfaisal University started admitting female students, becoming the only educational institution in Riyadh city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to teach both male and female undergraduates in the same (split-level) classrooms, with men sitting on the ground floor and women in the balcony. This trial integration carried with it some cultural and religious restrictions designed to limit the amount of interaction between the sexes, and this impacted the structure of our learning management system. Male and female students were allowed to communicate and collaborate directly with one another while the instructor was in the room, but on Moodle communication between them was prohibited as were all collaborative activities, since the interaction could not be adequately monitored. However, both male and female students needed access to the same course content and were allowed to collaborate with members of their own sex. Male and female faculty members, on the other hand, were allowed to communicate and needed to do so, as many of them teach identical courses. In this case study, we will focus on our experience of using Moodle with shared content and gender restrictions and how this arrangement affected the quality of instruction received by the students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Moodle, learning management system, Collaborative learning, E-learning, Constructivism, Islam
Subjects: Educational technology > Other educational technology
Divisions: Higher education, Universities, Vocational training, Colleges
Depositing User: Dr Michael de Raadt
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 22:15
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 22:15

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