DOI: 10.5176/2251-1814_EeL12.37

Authors: Amal Al-Gallaf, Aneta Hayes

Abstract: According to the recent educational directive issued by the Ministry of Education in Bahrain, all university students in the country are required to study History of Bahrain and Arabic Language Courses. This poses additional challenges for higher institutions in Bahrain which need to accommodate extra contact hours for these local modules in their already overloaded undergraduate programmes. In order to solve these challenges, an online Modern History of Bahrain (MHoB) course has been developed at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain). This course does not only provide a flexible mode of education but also adheres to the principles of good online teaching and good use of technologies. This paper outlines the format and structure of the MHoB online course, as well as discusses the key issues facing designers of e-learning university courses. It finally highlights the importance of online courses in solving problems with overloading curricula and in developing specific student skills through their engagement in interactive activities. Results of course evaluation are also presented.

Keywords: overloaded curricula, e-learning solutions, History of Bahrain, interactive, online teaching

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