The changing perception of education and the concept of digital education during the Covid-19 pandemic
Keywords:Digital Education, Distance Education, Pandemic, Higher Education
This article presents a study conducted with the purpose of identifying the views of university students regarding the concept of digital education and the changing perception of education during the COVID-19 pandemic period, as well as the positive and negative aspects of this new understanding of education. Discovering the positive and negative impacts of the new learning perception caused by the digital education process on the students, and contributing to the future process in the context of the results constitute the primary purpose of this student-focused study. The case study method, which is one of the qualitative research techniques, has been adopted while conducting this study. Data have been collected digitally through a structured interview form prepared by the researchers, and the purposeful sampling technique was used to choose the participant students In the light of the data collected, it has been concluded that the participants have been negatively affected by the digital education processes in general; and when comparing digital education to face-to-face education, it has been determined that the majority of them preferred face-to-face education to distance education in terms of different educational outcomes. With regard to students' negative views on digital education, the reasons such as not being in the university environment physically, not being able to access the university's digital education resources due to physical and/or economic factors, psychological (feeling of inadequacy) and demographic factors come to the fore.