JTIE 2017, 9(1):99-108 | 10.5507/jtie.2016.028

E-LEARNING TOOLS AND ICT USAGE OF OPEN AND DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS

Mehmet FIRAT
Anadolu University, Open Education Faculty, Department of Distance Education

The main purpose of this study was to determine the use of e-learning tools and ICTs by open and distance education students. Over than eighty thousand students from 40 different programs in the school year of 2013-2014 at Anadolu University participated to the study. A questionnaire form was developed and used as data collecting tool. According to the results of the research, open and distance students own at least one of the tools out of computer, Smart-Phone and Tablets. Almost all of the students have a Smart-Phone and internet access. It was determined that the majority of students use e-learning tools provided by the University, no matter which ICT tools they have. Internet accessibility increase the e-learning tools usage. But, remarkably high e-learning tools usage level observed also for students with limited internet accessibility. This result show that the variety and richness of provided e-learning tools have critical importance for students with limitations and disabilities to access education.

Keywords: Open and distance education; e-learning tools; ICT tools

Received: June 29, 2016; Accepted: August 23, 2016; Prepublished online: August 24, 2016; Published: February 1, 2017

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