Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Learning: Perceptions of Students at a State University in Turkey
This case study explored English preparatory school students’ experienced perceptions of synchronous and asynchronous modes of distance education. Qualitative data from 24 participants, who study at a state university and experienced both modes, were collected via semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis was conducted to analyze the data. The analysis included themes generated from the participant responses. The results showed that participants favored the flexibility aspect of both synchronous and asynchronous modes by repeatedly stating adjectives like easy and comfortable. Cybersecurity, technical problems, and interaction themes were stated as the major weaknesses of both modes. The results of this study can be taken into consideration to create a better distance learning environment for language learning and increase learner satisfaction with the courses.
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