Abdulrahman Al-Asmari has been vice president for academic affairs and development at Taif University since October 2016.
Al-Asmari received his doctorate in applied linguistics — computer-assisted language learning (CALL) — in 2008 from the University of Melbourne.
Al-Asmari’s academic career began in 2000 when he was an EFL instructor at the Saudi Royal Air force for a year.
He then worked as a teaching assistant at Taif Teachers College for 5 years. Later, he performed the same role at Taif University for two years until 2008. He also worked as an assistant professor at the same university until 2012.
Al-Asmari was then promoted to director of the English Language Center at Taif University until March 2017.
He is currently working at Taif University as a professor. His areas of expertise include EFL/ESL teaching, technology-enhanced language learning and teaching, language program evaluation, sociolinguistics, CALL software design and management, computer-based statistical data analysis, and computer-based qualitative data analysis.
Taif University has recently revealed the conversion of more than 12,000 divisions into a virtual classroom system. After the urgent activation of the academic plan, the departments transitioned to digital learning platforms and virtual classes.
Al-Asmari stressed that the university had been keen to activate all axes of e-learning for years and in multiple domains, whether through e-learning management platforms, or open education platforms, which are currently common on digital learning platforms. This, he claimed, improved attendance and learning outcomes.