Saudi Gazette report
RIYADH — The distant learning programs of the Technical and Vocational
Training Corporation are proving to be highly successful and are expanding in
numbers, Al-Watan reported.
Head of e-learning at the
institute Abdullah Al-Dakheel said in 2014 the program had a total of 47,711
registered trainees. “Our distant learning program held virtual classes and
sessions in 49 different centers all over the Kingdom. We offered 1,141 virtual
classes for a total of 3,973 hours and nearly 10,000 trainers and instructors
in 2014,” said Al-Dakheel. He added the institute always aims to provide access
to training and education to as many applicants as possible. “We must utilize
the technology we have within our own grasp. If we can offer virtual classes
and offer education to those who might find commuting an obstacle or do not
have an institute where they live, then why don’t we do that?” said Al-Dakheel.
He added the virtual classes
offer a beneficial experience that is unique from the brick-and-mortar classes.
“The trainees have access to
discussion circles and forums to exchange knowledge and experience. Students
can also use social media to improve their learning experience. In virtual
classes, they can record the lectures and replay during their own time,” said
He said the program is open for
most colleges and for both men and women. “Trainees of distant learning
programs are just as qualified as their peers attending brick-and-mortar
classes. We plan to continue the program given its undeniable success. We have
an evaluation strategy in place to ensure that all students are honest and
authentic in their work and do not plagiarize,” said Al-Dakheel.
He added the program first
started in 2014 and it follows a trimester system, as the brick-and-mortar
classes at the institute do.