Exploring the challenges and opportunities associated with using eLearning system in the classroom (to teach) - a perspective of teachers in a primary school in Dubai

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
The study is based on exploring the opportunities and challenges which are associated with using the e-learning system of education as a teaching medium, from the perspective of teachers in a selected primary school in Dubai. Besides that, the study recommends strategies that teachers and the educational stakeholders can opt for to combat the identified challenges. The study followed interpretivism research paradigm, inductive research approach and case study as a research strategy following which 10 teachers from the selected primary school of Dubai were interviewed. The data was analysed using Thematic analysis by Braun and Clarke (2016). Results of the study highlighted that e-learning is equally effective for primary school students in terms of improving their educational development, academic progress, participation, and level of engagement in the e-learning class. It not only improves their learning but also instils the skills of critical thinking, brainstorming and independent learning. An increased understanding of the topic broadens their view which ultimately increases the academic grades of students. However, despite all these benefits, the teachers have also identified certain challenges which included the required assistance from teachers, cultural differences, communication barriers and lack of understanding of students of the given instructions about a task. The teachers also recommended certain opportunities for the management of schools along with calling for the need for them to collaborate with educational regulatory authorities to unleash the opportunities and attain them to their full potential for the benefit of students and teachers in an e-learning environment.  
eLearning system, primary school, United Arab Emirates (UAE), educational stakeholders, independent learning, critical thinking, educational development, academic progress, e-learning