Sunday, February 05, 2023 | Rajab 13, 1444 H
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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

E- Learning Based on Social-Skills of Learners

Learning, essentially, is expected to improve the potential of learners to have personality tendencies and attitudes: moral strength, self-control, emotional intelligence, precious personality, as well as the skills needed by themselves, society, and nation. Keeping in view the advantages of E-Learning, a complete e-learning system implementation in lieu of in-person education is an ideal solution for educational institutes in any circumstances beyond out of control. Since the online learning cannot be separated from technology, consequently, some of the challenges that can frequently influence when teachers deliver online learning materials, especially for the Millennials’ generation often tend to be unresponsive and it could create behavioral or psychiatric disturbances issues for some students. This is due to the Millennials’ generation being more interested in various online games, social media, in comparison to the social, psychological, and environmental problems where they live. there are several factors that can influence students’ interest when learning online including social competence, emotional resilience, and self-efficacy. Another key point, in online learning, the three domains in the evaluation of learning must run in a balanced line: the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains, what’s more, as a resources, online tools cannot contribute in terms of emotional skills development and character growth of the students.


Referring to the view of Melinda (2021), the classroom education provides a structured environment, social support, direct contact with teachers and classmates, and further, engagement in classroom activities and school competitive activities that contribute positively in terms of learning experiences social, emotional, and the general wellbeing. The reliance on distance education for longer periods deprived them of such exposure. Moreover, the expected classroom conditions in learning based on social issues, values, and character growth are: Collaborative and interactive with the environment, effective student participation, tolerance between teachers and students, and feeling safe in the learning environment. Hence, it’s necessary to improve learning approaches and strategies during E-Learning, so that students can get used to being brave and confident in dealing with problems that exist in life.


Besides, the literature demonstrates that the successful outcomes of e-learning depend on personal factors, teaching processes, and resources. For instance, the findings analysis of (Hassan et al., 2022) study reveals that emotional intelligence was to be a protective factor to handle the psychological pressures associated with online studies. The findings further demonstrate that burnout and negative achievement emotions significantly associated with academic stress. The extended e-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic increases this risk. The authors of this study recommended that teachers should make appropriate adjustments during the online studies to create a sense of normalcy, which may include keeping regular contact hours and avoiding unexpected changes in the teaching process and assessment.


To sum up, teachers aim to inspire students to think deeply and critically about particular social and emotional experiences. Therefore, the learning presented to Millennials’ generation students should acclimate to situations and circumstances around them. To this end, the teachers should focus on teaching within social contexts, which integrate social issues, Islamic and character values in e-learning. Hence, the mentality of the learners protected and balanced between their cognitive and affectional dimensions. According to Melinda (2021), “the learning content delivered is not monotonous about formulas and theories, but rather towards implementing problems that occur in the surrounding environment, and no less important, namely the cultivation of character education, social skills, and religion’ values in learning”.


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