Western Caspian University distance learning programmes are regularly updated with input from top international experts. Training courses provide information about specially created platforms and the methods and technologies used in remote education. These training sessions implement international experiences in distance education and provide opportunities to participate in a successful education system. In 2016-17, training on distance learning in engineering was conducted for WCU staff by distance learning expert Anris Cirulis, Ph.D., Vidzeme University.
What is distance education
Distance education is an opportunity to learn from any distance (at home, at work, at educational centres) without direct contact with the teacher. It’s the modern universal form of professional education based on personal needs facilitated by the internet. At the same time, it allows trainees to increase their professional acumen in accordance with personal characteristics. In this process, learners use interactive teaching-learning materials for a certain period of time. By means of the internet and other communication resources, a student performs assessment under the guidance of teachers to pass the test.
Urgency of distance education
As one of the fastest growing forms of education, existing web servers and software capabilities make it possible to create interactive programmes for learning through a global network. Distance education, through internet technology, continues to expand its capabilities and is regarded as a system that reflects the synthesis of the international internet network as well as television, and employs specific teaching techniques. This new form of education not only allows for the intensification of knowledge-sharing for a wide range of potential learning, but also creates a market environment for education among consumers of new knowledge and technology.
Technology of distance education
Distant education technology is divided into two parts:
- Audio Conferences
- Video Conferencing
- Video-Conferencing on desktop
- Electronic Conferences
- Online Services (Skype, WhatsApp, etc.)
- Voice Mail
- Bilateral Satellite Connection
- Virtual Reality.
- Dump Materials
- Satellite Connection
- Television And Radio Broadcasting
- CDs and DVDs.
What is the basis of distance education?
A distance learning course includes a choice of methods that meet specific issues while organising the selection of technologies that meet the identified goals and methods.
- Traditional Education
- Experience & Education Issues
- Interactive Discussions
What is the process of interactive education?
- Faculty and staff interviews and teaching-advisory courses
- Online classes and lectures for international audiences
- Electronic access to linguistic translation programmes, teaching materials and interactive reading materials, hypertext books
- Concrete situations and e-business games aimed at real students, practice and specificity of professional activity
- Video conferences and seminars.