Sevastopol State University Introduces Distance Learning

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Sevastopol State University Introduces Distance Learning

More than 40 teachers at Sevastopol State University have already tested a pilot version of the course ‘Online Technologies in the Educational Environment of a University’, created by the working group for the introduction of a distance learning environment. The course is focused on advanced training in the field of IT technologies.

“This small course is 16 academic hours in length for beginners, where teachers will learn what online training is, how it is implemented in our university and how you can embed your own online course in the classical learning process. An important component of the course is motivation - an easy method for entering a distance learning environment”, said Victoria Shevchenko, PhD, who works in the Department of Information Technologies and Computer Systems and the head of the working group for the implementation of a distance learning environment.

Olga Chengar PhD who also works in the Department of Information Technologies and Computer Systems, talked about the three educational trajectories in the course.

The first is e-learning technology. Becoming familiar with current trends, such as gamification (using game thinking and game dynamics) and personalized learning.

The second is working with documentation. This section is interesting to all listeners and deals with general questions regarding norming the introduction of distance courses.

The third is working with the remote environment of our university, demonstrating with examples of how to start work, what opportunities there are and what bonuses the teacher receives.

Classes are held via online webinars, then students perform the proposed tasks.

“The next course will be released in September, during which, students will be able to create their own product. The online course is a great help to the teacher, rather than their replacement in the educational process. The teacher uses the course during classwork  with students, and students will be able to enhance their knowledge, and train and communicate with the teacher”, said Victoria Shevchenko.

Over the past year Sevastopol State University has created and piloted about 80 online courses in the educational process, in total 147 are in different stages of development, and 21 have passed the approval stage and have documentary confirmation.

The Institute of Information Technologies and Systems and Control Engineering leads the way in the number of courses created followed by the Institute of Finance, Economics and Management and then jointly by the Polytechnic Institute and the Institute of Humanities and Pedagogy followed by the Institute of Social Sciences and International Relations.

The work on the development and support of online courses are considered to be part of an ‘Effective Contract’ for teachers. In addition, these tasks may be included into the teacher’s work. Applications are accepted by the Institute of Additional Professional Education at Sevastopol State University.