Over six million children directly benefited from the online learning platform ‘Madrasati’ whilst receiving online education at home, according to a report by New World Bank, titled “Saudi Arabia’s Digital and Distance Education”.
The study involved a nationally representative sample of almost 18,000 students, teachers, school principals, and supervisors alongside other members, with virtual classroom observations.
As a result of the online learning, teachers reported that they saw an increase in their students digital literacy, time management, creativity, independent learning and problem solving. In addition, over two-thirds of teachers believed that their students academic achievement and skills increased thanks to online learning.
Despite not all students, teachers and parents having a preference for online education, with some finding it more beneficial than others, there was a clear shared opinion amongst the majority. Most felt that a mix of both digital learning and returning to the classroom was the most beneficial combination. This was largely due to limitations such as those without access to devices or having to share devices, or other issues such as feelings of boredom, isolation, laziness and lack of interaction with their peers.
Overall the study has reflected that there is still a high demand for digital learning, both inside and outside the classroom. To continue along this trajectory of success, the report has outlined the importance of identifying each students individual needs so a style of blended learning can be effectively adopted throughout schools.