Computational Statistics

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 481–491 | Cite as

Using wiki to build an e-learning system in statistics in the Arabic language

  • Taleb Ahmad
  • Wolfgang Härdle
  • Sigbert Klinke
  • Shafiqah Alawadhi
Original Paper

Abstract

E-learning plays an important role in education as it supports online teaching via computer networks and provides educational services by utilising information technologies. This paper presents a case study describing the development of an Arabic language e-learning course in statistics. Under discussion are problems concerning e-learning in Arab countries with special focus on the difficulties of the application of e-learning in the Arabic world as well as designing an Arabic platform with its language and technical challenges. For the platform we have chosen a wiki that supports LATEX for formulas and R to generate tables and figures as well as some interactivity. Our system, Arabic MM*Stat, can be found at http://mars.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/mediawiki/mmstat_ar.

Keywords

E-learning MM*Stat Wiki 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Taleb Ahmad
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Härdle
    • 2
  • Sigbert Klinke
    • 3
  • Shafiqah Alawadhi
    • 4
  1. 1.Tishreen UniversityLatakiaSyria
  2. 2.Center for Applied Statistics and EconomicsHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Ladislaus von Bortkiewicz Chair of StatisticsHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Faculty of ScienceKuwait UniversitySafatKuwait

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