Abstract


UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' ATTITUDES TOWARDS DISTANCE EDUCATION AND PERCEPTIONS OF GOOD LECTURERS IN DISTANCE EDUCATION IN COVID-19 PERIOD

Because of the Covid -19 epidemic spread, universities have started to continue their education activities with the way of distance education. It is a new, different education system encountered by students, academicians and universities. Since this transformation took place very quickly, it brought many effects with it. In the study, it was tried to determine the attitudes of university students, who studied with the distance education system for the first time, towards distance education and perceptions of good academicians in distance education because of the Covid-19 period, and it was aimed to investigate the effects of some variables. 518 students from 7 different departments in the faculty of education participated in the study. The data were collected both with quantitative and qualitative research methods in the study. The relational screening model among the quantitative research methods and the interview in the qualitative research methods were used. The quantitative data were collected with the Attitude towards Distance Education Questionnaire and Good Academician Perception Questionnaire. The semi-structured protocol form was used in collecting qualitative data. At the end of the analysis of the data, it was determined that the attitudes of the university students towards distance education were negative and their perceptions related to the good academician in distance education were positive. It was also found that university students mostly experienced problems originated from the lack of necessary environment at home, problems arising from internet access and lack of communication with academic staff. It has been determined that almost all of the university students think that they do not want to receive distance education. However; that they find face-to-face education more efficient and that they cannot take distance education seriously, that it creates discipline and focus problems, that not everyone has equal opportunities, that the classroom environment is deprived of learning, that exams are unreliable, because of lack of computer skills, they have a problem life, working individually instead of collaboratively. It was determined that they thought that directing and creating understanding problems as their negative characteristics.



Keywords

Covid-19, University Students, Distance Education


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