Dr. Youssif Zaghwani Omar
Associate Professor, Department of English, Faculty of Languages
University of Benghazi
Purpose: The main purpose of this paper is to investigate the reality of using virtual online programmes in teaching English classes at Libyan state universities, highlighting the pros, cons, challenges encountered, and remedies provided.
Design/methodology/approach: The researcher used a qualitative research method, based mainly on interviewing a sample of instructors at Libyan state universities as primary resources of the study in addition to a literature review as a secondary resource.
Findings: The data analysis of the participants’ interviews showed various challenges regarding using online programmes in teaching. These challenges included the continuous disconnection of the Internet, loss of electricity, lack of technology devices, unfamiliarity with using online educational programs, and lack of interaction with students.
Research limitations/implications: Based on these findings, the paper gives some recommendations, focusing mainly on training instructors to deal with online educational programmes and handle them effectively. There is also a need to motivate teachers and students to enter the globalised world through the Internet.
Keywords: Virtual Online Classes, Media Literacy, Online Educational Program, Hybrid Education, Strategies of Teaching, Interaction, Traditional Teaching, Lecturing.