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A Qualitative Study of Saudi Female Programming Lecturers’ Attitudes towards Mobile Learning and Teaching Approaches


Afrah Alanazi, Alice Li, Ben Soh


Vol. 22  No. 8  pp. 208-216


In Saudi Arabia, female students tend to struggle with the basics of computer programming, especially coding. To better understand why female students sometimes perform poorly in this discipline, this qualitative study aims to obtain the views of female computer programming teachers at a Saudi university on using mobile learning (m-learning) methods in computer programming lectures. Ten teachers from the all-female Aljouf University were interviewed to assess their perceptions of m-learning, in particular, the usefulness of ViLLE visualisation software. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Most interview responses about m-learning and ViLLE were positive, although there were some notable negative responses. The Saudi culture-related responses were evenly divided between positive and negative, reflecting the culture’s limitations.


Mobile learning, programming, lecturers’ perceptions, female students.