The Challenges Faced During the Implementation of Smart Schools in Oman

Ali Al-Badi, Ali Tarhini*, Hajer Al-Mawali

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Teaching today relies a great deal on IT resources and there are many schools opting to digitize they curriculum i.e. change the traditional style to what has recently been coined as “Smart School” style, in which ICT plays a significant role. The Smart School initiative seeks to enhance education in a smarter and more innovative way using ICT. The purpose of this study is (1) to explore the challenges faced during the implementation of smart schools from the perspectives/viewpoints of the service provider, teachers and school IT administrators; and (2) to provide a set of recommendations to minimize such challenges. In order to achieve the research objectives two case studies were conducted among schools that had already started implementing the process of becoming smart schools. Both case studies included a set of interviews with schoolteachers, the people in charge of the proposed project, school IT administrators and a service provider. In addition, there were sets of classroom observations conducted in the respective schools. Study results and the examination of data analysis revealed that there are many challenges faced by the perspective parties and these challenges are discussed in some detail. The researchers then provided a set of recommendations to minimize, or indeed to overcome the challenges encountered in becoming a Smart School in Oman.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT for an Inclusive World - Industry 4.0—Towards the Smart Enterprise, ICTO 2018
EditorsYoucef Baghdadi, Antoine Harfouche, Marta Musso
PublisherSpringer
Pages373-389
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030342685
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020
Event4th International conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Organizations and Society, ICTO 2018 - Nanterre, France
Duration: Mar 22 2018Mar 23 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
Volume35
ISSN (Print)2195-4968
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4976

Conference

Conference4th International conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Organizations and Society, ICTO 2018
CountryFrance
CityNanterre
Period3/22/183/23/18

Keywords

  • Implementation
  • Information and communication technology
  • Observation
  • Oman
  • Qualitative
  • Smart school
  • Technology adoption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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