Abdul Habib Khalid, doctoral candidate of Curriculum and Instruction, presented a research-in-progress at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2019. His paper was titled “An Evaluation of E-learning Prospects in Afghan Higher Education.”
Since 2001, Afghan higher education has changed an improved significantly. However, one of the biggest challenges that the country’s higher education is facing today is improving the quality and increasing access to higher education for all across the country. The number of university admitted students in Afghanistan increased from roughly 8,000 in 2001 to nearly 270,000 students in 2018. Further, it is estimated that by 2025, there will be nearly one million students in Afghan universities and higher education institutes. One can argue that the current challenge of higher education are not easy to tackle due to a lack of professional faculty members, space, and resources.
The Afghan ministry of higher education has to look for alternatives such as e-learning to pave the way for the nearly one million students to have access to quality higher education. In this presentation, an investigation of university faculty, administrators, and students’ perceptions of e-learning in Afghan higher education was addressed. Specifically, the session explored possible approaches to investigate the opportunities and challenges of e-learning implementation in the Afghan higher education.