Distance education, although different from the two forms of education – full-time and part-time, while essentially a hybrid of them. From the correspondence it “inherits” the fact of the remoteness of the pupil and teacher. However, in contrast to the stream, almost devoid of seminars – distance learning – is an individual. Just as in the classroom, the curriculum includes a personal and constant interaction with the teacher – tutor. The task of the latter – in charge of training, advice on complex themes and issues, check the test papers and tests to help prepare for exams.
From the usual full-time and correspondence MBA forms of remote features the possibility of self-selection sequence of learning objects and the pace of work. For example, in one semester can take a course, which in the full-time education devote an entire year – or, conversely, you can “stretch” him for two years. Another feature is actually before erasing the boundaries between formal high school, college and post-university education. If you had a certain discipline, a member of, for example, in the course of the program in Business Administration, could be taught only in the post-university level, it is now an independent training company can also teach it to students without a diploma.
Distance learning Courses is primarily an educational panacea, “hunger” regions. The inhabitants of the periphery, especially Russia, are not so many opportunities for basic and secondary education, or, for example, training. Traditionally, the outflow is the best specialist teachers in the center. Regional educational institutions usually do not have adequate financial and information resources that would enable them to retain or attract additional. In such circumstances, it is clear that universities, corporations, and commercial training centers need to create, develop and promote distance learning programs. And this kind of program in Russia is already being implemented.
5 advantages of distance learning for enterprises:
1. cheap: according to various expert estimates, online costs by 40 – 60% cheaper than traditional methods of retraining;
2. Availability: on each workstation, at any time, quickly;
3. in the center of the educational process – the learner: an unlimited choice of information about courses, supply of materials in the most desirable pace and consistency;
4. reuse of the same material, the ability to divide it into separate units and integrated into various courses;
5. way of preserving knowledge that can no longer “leave” the school or company, together with the departure of their “carrier”
The global market to grow at the expense of the USA
The development of global e-learning market continues to go fairly active, aided on the one hand the increased demand for educational services, and on the other hand – the actual development of information technology, the growth of the Internet audience. Computer literacy has long been a key factor in modern educational process. Students should be able to remote programs using e-mail, forums, chat rooms, online quizzes, and other networking tools, programs DO. For its part, the increasing bandwidth of networks makes it more relevant to use of simulation techniques, video and video conferencing.
Development should not be considered before solely as an additional service to the client-learner. Interested in this and the schools themselves, and the state, searching for ways to increase the number of students, while striving to reduce costs overall. For example, for the MBA in USA development of distance learning programs – a matter of principle, due to the cumulative budget deficit. As state universities, and most private, so deprived of sufficient funds for the further development of their campuses, they increasingly have to worry about transferring part of training programs on the Internet.