Providing university students with distance education is of great importance in the global world. Because distance education is very useful source of knowledge for students. Distance education provides advantages and benefits especially for students who don't have the chance to meet lecturers from other universities face to face. Distance education connects the learner and teacher to resources that are difficult to access otherwise. It is not necessary to gather students in one classroom at the same time in a distance program. Through distance education facilities students and lecturers can store, update and transfer information very quickly.
Furthermore, distance education helps save money in terms of accommodation and travel expenses. This paper describes students' perceptions and attitudes towards distance education based on their gender, school types attended, age and access to educational technology such as computer and the internet. This paper also describes the specific program used by the faculty of Law at Akdeniz University, Turkey.
Distance education, if used well can make a great contribution to learning. University students can profit from distance education especially because of the way it enables frequent contact over great distances. Hence, the purpose of this paper is not to discuss the general advantages and disadvantages of the distance education. Rather, the paper relates to the students' opinions about distance education they have experienced and offers a few suggestions on how to use it effectively programs. The paper first discusses the potential of distance education and then reports on research findings related to this distance program.
The improvement of educational technology and the use of internet in educational life have created distance education. Distance education has much to contribute to university life, but it is not a panacea. The research has shown the importance of several crucial factors in the success of distance education. These factors include the role of the teacher, the frequency, and nature of the interaction between students and teachers and the provision of suitable appropriate using appropriate materials.