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Using R, LaTeX and Wiki for an Arabic e-learning platform

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  • Taleb Ahmad
  • Wolfgang Härdle
  • Sigbert Klinke
  • Shafeeqah Al Awadhi

Abstract

E-learning plays an important role in education as it supports online education via computer networks and provides educational services by utilising information technologies. We present a case study describing the development of an Arabic language elearning course in statistics. Discussed are issues concerning e-learning in Arab countries with special focus on problems of the application of e-learning in the Arab world and the difficulties concerning the design Arabic platforms such as language problems, cultural and technical problems, especially ArabTeX works difficulty with LaTeX format. Thus Wiki is offered as a solution to such problems. Wiki supports LaTeX and other statistical programs, for instance R, andWiki offers the solution to language problems. Details of this technology are discussed and a solution as to how this system can serve in building an Arab platform is presented.

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  • Taleb Ahmad & Wolfgang Härdle & Sigbert Klinke & Shafeeqah Al Awadhi, 2008. "Using R, LaTeX and Wiki for an Arabic e-learning platform," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2008-030, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:hum:wpaper:sfb649dp2008-030
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    1. Taleb Ahmad & Wolfgang Härdle & Julius Mungo, 2006. "On the Difficulty to Design Arabic E-learning System in Statistics," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2006-062, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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    Keywords

    E-learning; MM*Stat; Wiki; ArabTeX; Statistical software;
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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • C19 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Other

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