The Reality of Use of WhatsApp as a tool for Distance Education in Teaching and Learning: The Case of the Faculty Members at the Department of Information Studies at Sultan Qaboos University

Naifa Saleem*, Mohammed Al Suqri, Aisha Al Badri

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Abstract

his research aims to investigate the reality of WhatsApp use among faculty members at the Department of Information Studies (IS) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in the Sultanate of Oman as a tool for distance education (DE) and as a tool for teaching and learning. The study also focuses on the information retrieved on WhatsApp teaching groups and its use. Data was collected through the interview method. The results of the study showed that three faculty members out of nine are using WhatsApp in teaching and learning. They use it for class discussions and explanations of projects. The study showed that the three faculty members in the Department of IS who used WhatsApp in teaching and learning are using it in general to communicate with the students and also for educational purpose. In addition, the study showed a relationship between age, nationality, and specialization. The study also proved that students used WhatsApp as an open source of information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Online Education and Training Technologies
EditorsM Habib
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter12
Pages200-214
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Distance Education
  • WhatsApp
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Department of Information Studies
  • Sultan Qaboos University
  • Online Education

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