Diffusion of Distance Education in North Cyprus

Aytekin ISMAN

The purpose of the present paper is to explore how distance education has diffused in north Cyprus. In this paper, Rogers’ diffusion theory (1995) was used to analyze the acceptance and implementation of distance education in institutions of higher learning in north Cyprus. The four main elements of the diffusion paradigm -- the innovation, communication channels, time, and a social system -- were used to analyze the North Cyprus distance education project. The results of this research indicate that the Rogers’ four elements were useful in analyzing the innovation of distance education in north Cyprus.

KEYWORDS: Diffusion Theory, North Cyprus Distance Education Project