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Basel Mohammad Issa ABUBAKER, Heba AbuZayyad-NUSEIBEH

THE REALITY OF TECHNOLOGY USAGE TO ENHANCE SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING AT ‎KHADOURY UNIVERSITY'S MASTER STUDENTS DURING THE DISTANCE LEARNING ‎PERIOD

Palestine has witnessed pivotal changes in its educational system since the beginning of ‎the Covid-19 pandemic, and it has switched suddenly to using e-learning in its various ‎institutions. E-learning is a modern form of education that has been accompanied by ‎challenges and difficulties that must be studied. This study aimed to find out how to ‎use technology to enhance self-learning among graduate students at Palestine ‎Technical University–Kadoorie in Tulkarm city in northern Palestine to improve the ‎expected outputs and reduce the transactional distance between the teacher and the ‎learner as much as possible during the e-learning period, and to monitor the obstacles ‎and strategies for the teaching staff to achieve self-directed learning in that period.‎ The researchers used the qualitative approach to analyze the study by conducting ‎individual face-to-face interviews using a random sample as a tool for data collection. ‎The study population covered 64 faculty members from the master programs at the ‎university. The study sample consisted of 21 members, or 33% of the study ‎population, who were selected in a simple random method.‎ One of the most important results of the study was that 47.6% of the sample members ‎confirmed that self-directed learning depends on the student's readiness and desire to ‎learn, 14.3% of them prefer blended learning, and 9.5% of them that students are ‎unable to manage self-directed learning.‎ In addition, the faculty efforts to create a positive interactive dialogue in the educational ‎process, and to design comprehensive educational content that encourages ‎experimentation, has partially achieved the principles of adult education theory ‎‎(Andragogy) by Knowles (1970), and the theory of Transactional Distance by Moore ‎‎(1986), but did not accomplish the willingness to learn, and the lack of the desire for ‎self- directed learning as the answers of the faculty members sample revealed. ‎ The study provided several recommendations, mainly the establishment of a quality ‎accreditation body for e-learning, the need to control the quality of e-learning, and the ‎preparation of interactive online courses that promotes self-directed learning.‎

Keywords: Technology, Khadoury University, E-Learning.

http: //dx.doi.org/10.47832/2757-5403.16.11


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