An Exploration of Distance Learning in Saudi Arabian Universities: Current Practices and Future Possibilities
Abdulaziz Aljabre

Abstract
Distance learning is a growing topic in education. Studies have reported both benefits and drawbacks to the use of distance learning. Many higher education institutes have recognized the benefits that distance learning provides to its students and developed successful distance learning courses. The universities in Saudi Arabia have also recognized these benefits and have since begun implementing distance learning programs. Despite the implementation of distance learning programs in Saudi universities, a void still exists. The growing number of women joining new programs and the growing number of students denied admission due to overcrowding show that there is room for growth. This paper analyzes the current distance learning programs in three Saudi universities, as well as the need for the expansion of distance learning. Finally, the future possibilities of distance learning in Saudi Arabia are explored.

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