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Abu Dhabi: Saudi educational experts have called for a move away from questions that Google can answer in remote tests and evaluation.

They urged examiners to ask good test questions that allow students to demonstrate what they have learned, elicit answers that reveal students’ intellectual progress, motivate students and help them structure their academic efforts. Questions should help discriminate between students who have learned what they had intended them to learn and those who have not.

Mohammad Al Melhem, an educationist, said educational institutions should develop original questions that require understanding and awareness, to stop others from answering instead of students in educational platforms.

“There is a high level of credibility among students, and each of them has a commitment to answer the evaluation tests themselves without the help of others,” Al Melhem said.

Appropriate educational model

Al Melhem stressed that distance learning classes attract students and make them more attentive, due to the graphics they contain, interaction between groups, and students’ search for knowledge, obtaining it and increasing the cognitive authority.

He stressed the need to choose an appropriate educational model for distance education, suggesting the structural model may be the most appropriate one.

Challenges

Dr. Faten Al Muhanna, a member of the teaching staff at King University, indicated that there are a set of challenges facing quality in elearning, including lack of adaptation to different environments and cultures, failure of some students in participating in activities, lack of feedback, failure to activate the mechanism for receiving responses and acting on performance and teaching effectiveness.

Dr Al Muhanna stressed the need for dedicating a unit for support and guidance in the educational administration.

Dr. Badr Al Saleh, an educationist, explained that there are seven factors influencing the improvement of learning outcomes in distance learning environments, and they are:

Student characteristics, teaching, student support, level of social presence, size of virtual class and design of distance education course.