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Exploring Omani EFL Students’ Perceptions of the Newly Adopted Online Learning Platforms at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah

Muna Kashoob, Rais Attamimi
Journal of Education and Learning , Volume 10; doi:10.5539/jel.v10n2p28

Abstract: Due to the rapid advancement of the relevant technology and the COVID-19 health pandemic, educational institutions have had to adapt to ongoing and ever-changing circumstances at a very rapid rate. Thus, the Moodle and Microsoft Teams platforms are being used by teachers to more directly teach students, as well as fulfilling its initial role in providing a supplementary tool to maintain, the convention of independent learning. The current study explores the perceptions of a group of Omani students who are currently enrolled in the English Language Center of the University of Sciences and Applied Technology, Salalah campus, (hereafter referred to as UTAS) regarding the new online learning platforms, i.e. Moodle and Microsoft Teams. To this end, a questionnaire was adopted from Rojabi’s (2020) study to measure the perceptions of the students towards both Moodle and Microsoft Teams platforms. A sample of 100 students was randomly selected from the population. The findings of the study have offered some important suggestions on how to improve the existing online platforms and pave the way for further research to be conducted in the same area.
Keywords: technology / perceptions / university / students / Moodle / online / platforms / adapt / Microsoft Teams

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