Commenced in January 2007
Frequency: Monthly
Edition: International
Paper Count: 32727
Challenges and Opportunities of Cloud-Based E-Learning Systems

Authors: Kashif Laeeq, Zubair A. Shaikh


The paradigm of education is drastically changing from conventional to e-learning model. Due to ease of learning with various other benefits, several educational institutions are adopting the e-learning models. Some institutions are still willing to transform their educational system on to e-learning, but due to limited resources, they are still compromising on the old traditional system. The cloud computing could be one of the best solutions to overcome this problem by providing hardware, software, and infrastructure resources with cost efficient manner. The adoption of cloud computing in education will bring revolution in this paradigm. This paper introduces various positive features of e-learning and presents a way how cloud computing technology can be provisioned e-learning model. This paper also investigates the numerous challenges and opportunities that would be observed in cloud computing adoption in e-learning domain. The concept and knowledge present in this paper may create a new direction of research in the domain of cloud-based e-learning.

Keywords: Cloud-based e-learning, e-learning, cloud computing application, smart learning.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI):

Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 1164


[1] Pocatilu.P.Alecu. F. & Vertici, M., (2009). “Using Cloud Computing for E-Learning Systems,” Recent Advances on Data Networks, Communications, Computers, ISBN: 978-960-474-134-2.
[2] A.Hossain Masud, X.Huang, “An E-learning System Architecture based on Cloud Computing,” World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Vol: 62, 2012.
[3] U. J. Bora and M. Ahmed, “E-Learning using Cloud Computing,” International Journal of Science and Modern Engineering, vol. 1, no. 2, (2013), pp. 9-12.
[4] K. Palanivel, S. Kuppuswami, “Architecture Solutions to E-Learning Systems Using Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Reference Architecture,” International Journal of Application or Innovation in Engineering & Management (IJAIEM), Volume 3, Issue 3, March 2014, p.p 547-559.
[5] Iskander, George. "Exploring the Dimensions of E-learning Maturity Model." International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) 7.2 (2012).
[6] Mayer, R., Clark, R.: E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, 3rd edn. Pfeiffer (2011).
[7] Sife, Alfred, Edda Lwoga, and Camilius Sanga. "New technologies for teaching and learning: Challenges for higher learning institutions in developing countries." International Journal of Education and Development using ICT 3.2 (2007).
[8] Hatakka, Mathias. "Build it and they will come?–Inhibiting factors for reuse of open content in developing countries." The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries 37 (2009).
[9] Liyanagunawardena, Tharindu R. Information communication technologies and distance education in Sri Lanka: A case study of two universities. Diss. University of Reading, 2012.
[10] Peter Mell and Timothy Grance, “The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing” Technical Report SP 800-145 Draft, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Information Technology Laboratory, January 2011.
[11] Kashif Laeeq, “A Study of Security Issues, Vulnerabilities and Challenges in Cloud Computing,” 1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technology Trends 2013 (ICICTT2013), Karachi, September 2-5 2013.
[12] T. Dillon, “Cloud Computing: Issues and Challenges,” 24th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Application, 2010.
[13] K. Zunnurhain, S. V. Vrbsky, “Security Attacks and Solutions in Clouds,” IEEE computer Society.
[14] J. Viega, “Cloud Computing and the Common Man,” IEEE Computer Society, Volume 42, Issue 8, Pages 106-108, August 2009.
[15] Behrend, Tara S., et al. "Cloud computing adoption and usage in community colleges." Behaviour & Information Technology 30.2 (2011): 231-240.
[16] E. Tuncay, "Effective use of Cloud computing in educational institutions," Procedia Social Behavioral Sciences, p. 938–942, 2010.
[17] Madan, Deepanshu, et al. "E-learning based on Cloud Computing." International journal of advanced research in computer science and software engineering 2.2 (2012).
[18] Madhumathi.C, Gopinath Ganapathy, “An Academic Cloud Framework for Adapting e-Learning in Universities,” International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer and Communication Engineering Vol. 2, Issue 11, November 2013, pp. 4480-4484.
[19] Fernandez, A., et al. "An overview of e-learning in cloud computing." Workshop on Learning Technology for Education in Cloud (LTEC'12). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.
[20] M.Masud and X. Huang, “A novel approach for adopting cloud-based e-learning system,” in Computer and Information Science (ICIS), 2012 IEEE/ACIS 11th International Conference on Computer and Information Science, 2012, pp. 37-42.
[21] Alghali, M., Alwi, N. H. M., & Ismail, R. (2013). Privacy in Cloud Based E-Learning. In The Second International Conference on Informatics Engineering & Information Science (ICIEIS2013) (pp. 355- 362). The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communication.
[22] Beatty, Brian, and Connie Ulasewicz. "Faculty perspectives on moving from Blackboard to the Moodle learning management system." TechTrends 50.4 (2006): 36-45.
[23] Zhou, M., Zhang, R., Xie, W., Qian, W., & Zhou, A. (2010, November). Security and privacy in cloud computing: A survey. In Semantics Knowledge and Grid (SKG), 2010 Sixth International Conference on (pp. 105-112). IEEE.