A Proposal for Policy Framework and Emergency Action Plan after Covid-19 for Distance Education Practices in Higher Education

Yavuz M., Gündüz M., Çilligöl Karabey S., Uğurhan Y. Z. C., Karaman S., Kurşun E., ...More

ASIAN JOURNAL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION, vol.19, no.1, pp.99-119, 2024 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Journal Indexes: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.99-119
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed to investigate distance education practices in higher education during the pandemic, focusing on lived experiences, and to propose a policy decision framework for future distance education in similar conditions. Additionally, the study aimed to establish a design framework for an Emergency Action Plan for similar crisis periods. In study, case study was used to provide a detailed examination of the current situation's characteristics. The study group consisted of 63 administrators from 34 universities who actively participated in decision-making during the pandemic. Data were collected through 11 online focus group interviews, and the Miles-Huberman Model was used for analysis. The study proposed a policy decision framework for distance education in the post-pandemic period, consisting of 11 headings such as blended learning, open course materials, and Distance Education Center structuring. Additionally, the study presented an emergency action plan framework consisting of six components, including keeping the technological infrastructure working and supporting face-to-face courses with distance education. This study provides valuable insights for universities in preparing for potential future crises and improving their distance education practices.