Arab Learners' Cultural Values and Their Interference with e-Learning

Khalid Said Rabaya'h


This paper is set to identify the role of cultural norms on the adoption of e-learning practices in Palestine as an instance of the larger Arabic culture. This stream of research is currently receiving mounting attention, as e-learning systems and practices become a global issue, which crosses various cultures and boarders. The paper relies on the experiences of the researcher, his observation and experience in teaching both online and traditional courses at university level. Focus group discussion and interviews were also employed to deepen understandings of various research issues. This research proposes that domestic culture dimensions of collectivism and relationship-orientation of the Arabs greatly impact their appreciation of e-learning. Oral-interactivity and synchronous chatting were also basic drivers for Arab students to value e-learning. However, the need for structurization, and continuous management and follow up were found crucial for the success of these solutions among Arab learners. This analysis presents concrete guidance for global firms in the domain of electronic learning and training to understand the role of the diverse cultural scope on e-learning. The guiding strategies stemmed out of this report can be applied in other Arabian countries, as they more or less have similar cultural norms and practices.


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Paper Citation

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Said Rabaya'h K. (2013). Arab Learners' Cultural Values and Their Interference with e-Learning . In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-8565-53-2, pages 154-159. DOI: 10.5220/0004390401540159

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author={Khalid Said Rabaya'h},
title={Arab Learners' Cultural Values and Their Interference with e-Learning},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Arab Learners' Cultural Values and Their Interference with e-Learning
SN - 978-989-8565-53-2
AU - Said Rabaya'h K.
PY - 2013
SP - 154
EP - 159
DO - 10.5220/0004390401540159