September 27 -29, 2007 Villach, Austria
Advantages and disadvantages of e-learning at the technical
O.A.Sheypak, G.G.Artyushina, A.O.Atryushina, S.A.Sheypak
“MATI” – Russian State Technological University named after K.E.Tsyolkovsky.
advantages and disadvantages
The term Electronic Learning or e-Learning is being used in Russia rather rarely. It
integrates a number of terminological notions in the sphere of application of modern
information and communication technologies in education such as multimedia,
education on the base of web-technologies, etc. Teachers and learners must realize
that new opportunities are offered by modern on-line communication. A person with
basic Internet and Web skills is open to a new world of knowledge, from free Web
surfing and self-organized education – through on-line resources and familiarization
with Internet culture, its places, sites, search engines etc. – up to a more structured
Among developed countries Russia takes only 55
place in introduction of e-learning so far.
Since 2005 the leaders of “MATI” have paid much attention to the problems of development
and introduction of e-Learning technology into educational process. Among 34 Russian
universities taking part in the rating of information technologies in education “MATI” takes
Experts say that in future distance learning will become the most popular format in education.
As if it is well-designed e-learning allows getting the newest knowledge in any field: on-line
text-books are worked out by professionals, the classes can be organized without breaks of
job and in convenient periods of the time for a learner. “MATI” has some experience in this
field but all attempts still have fragmentary features.
Nowadays e-Learning has become the most important component of innovation, education
technologies, especially in the fields of retraining specialists and improvement of professional
It is in fact possible to learn either from downloaded texts and manuals helping to teach
student a foreign language with the help of Internet (self-study), either from real Web-based
and Web-structured course like the course for former Russian military men, or the external
education of distant learning or distant learning for university entrants, at “MATI” – Russian
State Technological University named after K.E.Tsyolkovsky. ”To introduce e-Learning
technologies widely in the training process of “MATI” is a priority of the present days”, says
the rector of “MATI”. Today it is really possible due to the currently working unique
Common Information System of the university, supported by corresponding programming
and apparatus facilities.
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