Feasibility Assessment of Offering B.A. Levels of Humanities through Virtual Education in Iran (Case of Study: Payam-e Noor University)


Department of Art and Media, Payam-e Noor University, Mashahd, Iran


Since virtual education has been considered as an alternative for conventional education and it is in progress in M. A. levels in Payam-e Noor University (PNU) the feasibility assessment of B.A. levels has been studied for the present study. In this study, the facilities and equipment needed for virtual education and the shortcomings of it in PNU is studied. The research is of practical ones and imperative survey is used as the research method. Statistical society contains of 928 university teachers and all the 8954 students studying at B.A. levels in 2014. For the study of facilities and equipment, systematic observation method was used. Due to some restrictions of motivation etc., and for the increase of validity and reliability a questionnaire was also used to collect the data. According to the observations, the basic equipment and facilities as: computers, internet, skilled personnel needed, economical budgets, and digital textbooks have already been provided in Mashad Payam-e Noor University. On the other hand, possibility of offering virtual education from the view points of teachers was 3.09 out of 5 and from the student's point of view was 2.87. Therefore, it is possible to offer virtual education to B.A. students in PNU. Hence lack of a unique educational standard, very skillful personnel, small educational space, educational classes for teachers, are of the shortcomings of offering virtual education to PNU students.