Social sharing in virtual learning environments differs from real
environments, resulting in a need for a specialized data collection tool
related to social anxiety in these environments. This study seeks to
develop a scale to identify the levels of social anxiety experienced in elearning. The study group consists of 275 students who have previously
experienced an online or a blended learning environment. The data
were analyzed through exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor
analysis, convergent and divergent validity tests. The interpersonal
interactions of learners in online environments were considered in
developing the tool. Two subscale forms were created to identify the
levels of social anxiety in learner-learner interaction and learnerinstructor interaction. Each subscale of the Social Anxiety Scale for ELearning Environments (SASE) consists of 23 items and three subfactors.
These sub-factors are called negative evaluation, somatic symptoms and
avoidance of interaction. The analyses indicate that the SASE is a reliable
and valid measurement tool useful for assessing the social anxiety levels
of online learners.