Comparative Student Success Analysis of Distance Education and Traditional Education in Associate Degree Programs
Gizem Ilyas, Sinan Ilyas, Hayrettin Evirgen
In this study, success rates of students enrolled in distance
education courses to students enrolled in traditional courses at
Sakarya University’s associate degree programs are compared.
Success rates of students enrolled in distance programs and
traditional programs in semester spring 2013 were analyzed
with outcomes. The comparison is made for the following 3
programs; Computer Programming, Electronic Technologies
and Mechatronics. Results indicated that average grades of
distance students are lower than those in traditional programs.
Distance associate degree programs of Sakarya University first
started in Adapazari Vocational High School in 2003. By 2013,
there are 5 programs available, which are Computer
Programming, Electronic Technologies, Mechatronics,
Information Management, and Internet and Network
Technologies. Two of these programs, Information
Management, and Internet and Network Technologies programs
aren’t being lectured in traditional education, only in distance
education. For this reason, the other 3 programs which are being
lectured in both distance education and traditional education are
The students’ grades for each course which are common both
for distance education and traditional education are analyzed.
As a result of these analyzes, it is inferred that traditional
education is more successful than distance education in
associate degree programs.