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Oman, also known officially as the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab nation in southwest Asia, situated on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, comprising nearly 120,000 square miles of total geographic area.  The country shares borders to the northwest with the United Arab Emirates, to the west with Saudi Arabia, and to the southwest with Yemen, and its coastline is formed by the Arabian Sea to the southeast and the Gulf of Oman to the northeast.  Oman is an absolute monarchy, one in which the Sultan of Oman holds outright authority, although its parliament does have some legislative powers and oversight.  The capital and by far the largest city in Oman is Muscat.
 
Oman has a population of roughly 2.8 million, of whom roughly 2 million are ethnic Omanis.  Most inhabitants live in the country’s urban areas, particularly in Muscat, the nation’s capital, where roughly 50 percent of the population resides.  Another 20 percent live on the Batinah coastal plain, and smaller groups inhabit the remote regions near the Musandam Peninsula on the Strait of Hormuz.  Approximately 600,000 foreigners are counted towards Oman’s population, particularly foreign workers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India and the Philippines.
 
Arabic is the lone official language in Oman and is spoken as a first language by nearly all of the country’s permanent residents.  It is also the language used officially in government, the courts, media, commerce and education.  English is the most popular linguistic minority and is taught in many Omani schools as a second language.  Nearly 75 percent of the population practices Ibadhi, a branch of Islam that is entirely distinct from the more widespread Sunni and Shia denominations.  Sunni Muslims account for roughly 24 percent of the population, while the remaining one percent is of the Zaydi Shi’ite sect, which is different than the Twelver Shia branch that is practiced in many neighboring Arab countries.
 
Education in Oman
 
Prior to 1970, the year Sultan Qaboos came to power, there were fewer than 1000 students receiving education in Oman.  Since that time, however, a high priority has been placed on education as a way to develop a qualified workforce, and today there are over 650,000 students receiving education at over 1000 state-operated schools.  The education system is divided between three distinct levels: basic education, secondary school and university education.
 
Basic education begins at age six in Oman and spans ten years, divided into two cycles. The first cycle covers grades 1 through 4 and the second cycle covers grades 5-10.  At basic education schools, students are initially taught reading, writing and basic count, with subjects such as mathematics, Arabic, English, science, technology, history, geography, social studies and physical education added gradually throughout each grade level.  Grades earned during the second cycle of basic education, along with scores on standardized tests, determine which type of secondary education a student will receive:  either general secondary education, which helps prepare students for university admission; or vocational education, geared towards training the less-academically successful in careers important to the Omani economy.
 
Higher education in Oman is relatively new, as the first university did not even exist until 1986.  Prior to that, those that were academically inclined were usually sent by the government to study in neighboring Arab countries such as Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.  The relatively new university now has nine colleges, each with a different academic or professional focus.  There also six colleges of applied sciences in the country, with instruction in fields such as international business administration, engineering, communications and IT.  These were formerly colleges of education, but were recently transformed to meet the demands of the current labor market.

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Oman, officially known as the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab nation in southwest Asia, situated on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula.  The country is bordered to the northwest by the United Arab Emirates, to the west by Saudi Arabia, and to the southwest by Yemen.  Oman’s coastline is formed by the Arabian Sea to the southeast and the Gulf of Oman to the northeast, and the country’s two enclaves, Madha and Musandam, share land borders with the United Arab Emirates, with the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman forming a coastal boundary in Musandam.  Oman has a population of nearly 2.8 million and is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, primarily due to its exportation of oil and other petroleum-based products.  The capital and largest city is Muscat and the national and sole official language in the country is Arabic, which is also the language of instruction at most Omani schools and universities.
 
Distance Education in Oman
 
Distance learning, a term now widely used to describe the pursuit of an education or degree via an online format, has been around for more than three decades, but it wasn’t until the mid 1990s that this form of education and learning really blossomed, both in the quality of the programs and their popularity among students.  As access to the Internet grew, many Omani colleges and universities began to incorporate distance learning into their higher education system, and as they quickly discovered, this form of educational delivery has many advantages.  For Omani students who were once limited by time, distance or even handicap, online education allowed them to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees from the comfort of their home, working at their own pace.  And for the colleges and universities in Oman—institutions that were once limited by available classroom space—distance learning has allowed them to significantly increase their enrollment and offer a quality education to students who would otherwise be excluded.
 
Distance education in Oman is called E-learning and its aim is to provide training and education programs via the Internet in a synchronous and non-synchronous manner.  There are two types of E-learning provided by the colleges and universities in Oman:  virtual classroom system and self-learning system.
 
Virtual Classroom System
 
The virtual classroom model of distance education is very similar to the traditional classroom experience, only the students who are taking the course attend it with the assistance of their computers and Internet connection.  Under this system the instructor uses an “electronic whiteboard” and delivers the day’s lesson much like he or she would with a room full of students.  Participants can listen to and watch the lecture through their computer, taking notes and typing questions as they arise, giving them the same level of access to the instructor as a traditional classroom student would have.  Students can tape the lecture as it is delivered, which gives them the benefit of returning to it as needed for clarification, and their assignments are sent and received via email, as are their exams and other projects associated with the course.
 
Self-Learning System
 
The self-learning system in Oman is the most popular form of distance education among students.  Under this system, students are sent a number of assignments all at once and are given a due date by the instructor as to when they should be completed.  Students can then work at their own pace when it’s most convenient for them, including nights and weekends if they prefer.  This allows those who are employed full-time or those with other responsibilities—students who would otherwise be too pressed for time to attend regular classroom sessions—the opportunity to pursue a degree in their chosen field, without having to travel to the university on a regular basis.  Once assignments are completed they are returned to the instructor, who will evaluate the work and share his or her comments as to how the student can improve.  Some programs require students to occasionally attend one or two classroom sessions, usually for things like exams or guest speakers, but there are now many programs that require no attendance whatsoever.
 
According to school administrators, over 80 percent of students in Omani colleges and universities now take at least a portion of their education through an online format—a percentage expected to gradually increase over the next five to ten years.

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