Readiness Switching Traditional Learning Form at Saudi Arabia University as a Quick Action to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic

  • Ibrahim M. Alarifi


Saudi Arabia is among the fastest-growing countries in the world in terms of population (national and expatriate), economic expansion, and social-cultural developments. It is the largest country in the region (2,149,690 km2). It has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of inhabitants, and both as a result of international people and natural causes over the years. The learning institutions are among the best in the world. The country has embraced technology in recent years through the adoption of novel ICT ideas. The adoption of 5G networks in most of the major cities has also been witnessed in recent years. This has promoted economic growth and development and macroeconomic stability. The usage of technology in education is foremost essential, especially with the current global crisis of the COVID-19 outbreak. Saudi Arabia is among the few countries that have gone fully online continuity with education. The purpose of this research essay is to investigate the actions taken by Majmaah University in ensuring learning continued in light of the global pandemic. The paper reviewed current literature on past pandemics and epidemics as well as their effects on the social, political, and economic fronts. The paper also paid close attention to the impacts on education while comparing the COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia with a previous Ebola outbreak in the west and central Africa. Finally, the paper examined the current learning and assessment techniques (online, distance, classic, and blackboard) used in Saudi Arabia Majmaah University.