The IAFOR International Conference on Education, Hawaii, United States Of America, 8 - 11 January 2016, pp.1
Distance learning consists of different factors such as lecturers, courses, materials, technological infrastructure etc. We researched and analyzed all of the main components of distance learning in one of our previous studies. As a result of that study, we discovered the most important components of distance learning are about technology–based components. But, technology is a main and wide field that contains lots of various sub–criteria. Some of these sub–criteria are about totally technical details like ingredients of the software, software quality, security of the system, friendly user interface etc. Therewithal, students’ technical competency, lecturers’ technical competency, digital documents, the impact of the improving technology on education are also contained by the technology components. In this study, we aim to find out the sub–criteria that make the technology–based components much more important than the others. To this end, we will use Grey Analytic Network Process (G–ANP) to determine the most important technological factors and sub–factors of distance learning with the network structure. First of all, experts who is working on distance learning will be interviewed to determine the criteria. After determining the criteria, the pairwise comparisons among the criteria will be evaluated to the students who is in distance learning system. In the end, after the grey ANP analyses, we will rank the technological factors of distance learning according to their importance weights.