Distanсe education: e-learning
E-learning. General provisions
Distance education is becoming more common and commercially developed. This is due to the fact that most people who live in the province can not afford to travel to major cities in order to take a training course. Even more of those who can not pay for such courses (they are usually very expensive). So, in such a situation the Internet and distance education come to the rescue. Or, rather, its new direction - e-Learning, that is a way to train people using information and communication technologies and e-learning resources.
With such an education, teachers and students are physically located in different places. Often, this is a tutor or an administrator of the distance education system who performs the functions of the teacher. He hands out training tasks, supervises trainees taking courses and passing tests in timely manner, forms and provides to stakeholders reporting documentation on training courses taken by trainees and their tests results.
The main learning resources are usually the online courses. They contain a variety of tasks for self-assessment, interactive tasks, tests, simulators to drill specific skills and knowledge. Upon completion of course, there are a conclusion about the level of acquired knowledge (test results) and a certificate or diploma are given to the trainee.
Tutor communication with students, as well as communication among trainees themselves most often take place via a specified resource on the Internet. For example, there is e-learning portal. It may also be a corporate e-learning portal, designed for the needs of a particular company with a large number of branches and representative offices and wishing to quickly train its staff across Russia. In this case, it is better to draw up e-learning course programs from scratch, especially for a particular company, given the specificity of its activity.
Advantages of corporate distance learning system:
- online courses are cheaper than full-time training
- cost savings for travel of staff from remote locations
- possibility to draw up a course program especially for the company’s needs