Pandemic and the Critical Role of Knowledge Management
A Study of Students’ Opinions About Media Platforms and Distance Education in the Covid-19 PandemicFarnaz Zeidi, Lalah Azar
The coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world. People have been witnessed high mortality rates and the number of people suffering from this disease on a daily basis. During this time, much research was done on the discovery of drugs and vaccines against the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the world moved towards the use of digital media in the field of news awareness, education and business, and so on. Researchers also shared their research findings and opinions on social media, and official institutions disseminated a wealth of information electronically. Therefore, the reliability of the information shared over electronic platforms is a matter of curiosity about which platforms people mostly use and how often. On the other hand, in this process, states act to take necessary precautions in many areas from health to economy, from security to production. One of these areas is education. In Turkey, transition from the formal education model to the distance education model has been achieved at all levels from primary schools to universities. With the completion of the necessary preparations, the training process continues from where it left off. Discussions on the activities of distance education continue for a long time. Despite the many advantages of distance education, there is no consensus on whether it is as effective as formal education. Therefore this study investigates students’ opinions of distance education and media platforms in the COVID-19 pandemic when Turkey entered quarantine for first time and the distance education is completely switched. This study discusses two stages: In the first stage, students’ views on distance education were investigated. In the second stage, it examines which platforms students mostly use and how often these platforms are used. In this direction, the research sample consists of undergraduate and graduate students studying at Istanbul University.