The digitalization of self-access and advising services in times of a global pandemic

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Uzun T. , Güven Yalçin G.

Studies in Self-Access Learning (SISAL) Journal, vol.12, no.3, pp.248-265, 2021 (Journal Indexed in ESCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.37237/120305
  • Title of Journal : Studies in Self-Access Learning (SISAL) Journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.248-265


The global pandemic forced educational institutions worldwide to adapt to a new, fully online concept of education and a rapid digitalization to keep providing their services to learners. This paper reports on the digitalization process of the Independent Learning Center (ILC) and the Learning Advisory Program (LAP) unit at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University (AYBU), Turkey. The interrelated digitalization stories of the two units include the provision of learning resources and activities to learners with digital tools and their responses to the new format. Despite the challenges involved, the ILC has offered a considerably higher number of extracurricular activities than in face-to-face education days and reached a higher number of learners in the 2020-2021 academic year. As for the LAP, the participants' reflections showed how opportunities for offering engaging activities in the LAP created a cascading impact of affordances for both the individual learners and the members of the larger community.