Online Learning Strategies: Cost effective, accessible quality education
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AbstractAn e-learning program was developed for the Speech and Hearing Program at King Saud University with the goal to make quality education from accredited institutions accessible to the undergraduate students. Professors from Harvard School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Boston taught undergraduate courses to Saudi students from different levels using e-learning mixed tools. The cost of the program was less than 25% of the cost of traditional recruitment. A survey of students revealed positive attitudes as well as great satisfaction with the quality of learning. Students also developed new competencies that otherwise would not be available. Interviews of university administration officials revealed positive attitudes and satisfaction. E-learning technology has also made accessible participation of world renowned scholars in teaching at King Saud University which positively impacts one of the higher education standards for accreditation. Sustainability of the program is discussed.