PJJ APTIKOM-AMIKOM is a distance education program dedicated to help Indonesian IT lecturers get a postgraduate IT education. This distance education program uses both synchronous and asynchronous communication tools to deliver learning materials. Hence, this study focuses on the analysis of the students' perceptions when using synchronous and asynchronous communication tools in PJJ APTIKOM-AMIKOM (i.e., Cozora, WhatsApp, and Moodle Learning Management System). The aim of this study is to provide recommendations regarding the use of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools and discuss the relationship between the finding and seven principles of good practices. This study uses open-ended and close-ended questions in the form of a questionnaire distributed online to 51 participants to evaluate their performance. The data gathered from the participants were analysed using theme-based content analysis (TBCA), and the weight percentage of participants' answers was calculated. The evaluation results show that the communication tools are able to accommodate distance education and applied with some principles from seven principles of good practice in teaching such as encourage contact between students and faculty, develop reciprocity and cooperation among students, encourage active learning, and provide prompt feedback.