Are We There Yet? A Progress Report from Three Turkish University Pioneers in Distance Education and E-Learning

  • Colin Latchem Australia
  • Nurettin Simsek Ankara University, Turkey
  • Ozlem Cakir Balta Ankara University, Turkey
  • Orhan Torkul Sakarya University, Turkey
  • I. Hakkı Cedimoglu Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Alpaslan Altunkopru Ahmet Yesevi University, Turkey
Keywords: distance education, online learning, Turkey

Abstract

The international literature provides little in-depth analysis of distance education and e-learning activities, achievements, and challenges in Turkish higher education other than the country’s mega-university, Anadolu. This paper examines the development of, and lessons to be learned from, such undertakings by three pioneers, two regular state universities, Ankara University and Sakarya University, and the private, non-profit Turkish-Kazakhstan Ahmet Yesevi University. Drawing on the collective experience of the authors, the paper reaches some overall conclusions about embarking on distance education and e-learning, which may apply in other Turkish universities and similar economies.

Author Biographies

Colin Latchem, Australia
Open learning consultant, 2 Sherwood Road, Perth, Western Australia
Nurettin Simsek, Ankara University, Turkey
Director of the Distance Education Centre, Tandogan Campus, Tandoğan, Ankara,Turkey
Ozlem Cakir Balta, Ankara University, Turkey
Instructor, Faculty of Educational Sciences, 06590 Cebeci, Ankara, Turkey
Orhan Torkul, Sakarya University, Turkey
Director of Distance Education Research and Development Centre 54187 Esentepe-Campus, Sakarya, Turkey
I. Hakkı Cedimoglu, Sakarya University, Turkey
Distance Education Research and Development Centre 54187 Esentepe-Campus, Sakarya, Turkey
Alpaslan Altunkopru, Ahmet Yesevi University, Turkey
Instructional Technologist Istanbul
Published
2009-04-29
How to Cite
Latchem, C., Simsek, N., Balta, O. C., Torkul, O., Cedimoglu, I. H., & Altunkopru, A. (2009). Are We There Yet? A Progress Report from Three Turkish University Pioneers in Distance Education and E-Learning. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v10i2.686