Radical changes in the information technologies in the 2nd half of the 20th century marked the formation of a new type of social reality – the information society. “Revolution of scientific knowledge” was a result of this process and had an impact on traditional education system. In the strategic development of society, the education system has acquired the status of crucial and leading factor.
Modern teaching methods don`t pay too much attention to teaching specific knowledge (because now they often become irrelevant in 3-5 years) but concentrate on gaining the ability to learn constantly («lifelong learning»). This marks conversion from” subjects “and” disciplines ” to a coherent educational project. In this project experiment and record of the intermediate results will be more important than setting goals and methods.
The purpose of modern education is the formation and consolidation of the individual skills that are necessary for innovation activity: communication, competence, innovation creativity, etc. In other words, the formation of a new educational environment where the priority is an individual who is trained for innovative work.
Here in Sigma Group of Institutes we effectively implement some trends in modern education:
1. Wider use of individual forms of education, which would allow to use the individual potential of the student to the maximum.
2. Popularization of distance learning technologies (including e-learning), that would be able to individualize the learning process. With the development of distance learning there are chances for solving vital problems: improving the general education level of the population, expanding access to higher education, training of specialists in various fields.
Distance learning is a complex of educational services provided to diverse groups of population with the use of specialized information and educational environment at any distance from educational institutions.
Below you can find some distinctive features of distance learning:
- economic efficiency;
- changing the teacher`s role in educational process;
- specialized quality control.
There are universities that provide only distance learning, mixed types, evening courses, as well as virtual universities. Preference for distance learning is given by people who get a second degree while continuing their job, people who get a new degree for career growth, as well as those who cannot get traditional education and attend lectures in the college because of their physical or mental characteristics.
Distance learning has a positive impact on the complex socio-economic problems of the provinces. Training of the population, providing opportunities to get additional degree, improve skills and thereby optimize professional activities naturally lead to the elimination of the gap between capital and periphery.
Distance learning increases the importance of an individual approach to the student, and therefore educational opportunities of the individual significantly increase – not only increase of the amount of information, but also the acquisition of new skills and abilities (the ability to freely navigate in modern databases, interact with members of the training team in order to achieve common and socially significant results, increase of the level of intellectual development based on search engines, etc.).