Distance learning, e-learning takes a strong position in the modern system of education, organically complementing the full-time training and a variety of full-time lessons and courses. E-learning is widely used in educational institutions and in enterprises and, according to experts, by the degree of popularity it soon will reach the full-time education. The world’s leading analytical companies predict a great future for distance learning and argue that the world market of distance learning systems is a source of great opportunities for vendors and investors. The best universities in the world have established e-learning centers, allowing students to receive a diploma without actually attending the university. The annual income of the e-learning market in a number of countries is estimated in the billions.
Such a great interest in e-learning can be explained quite simply. In the last decade, there have been significant changes in the labor market: increased demands on the staff, almost all spheres have been widely implementing IT technologies, and the staff itself has become more mobile. These changes made it necessary to create conditions for the continuous, fast, flexible, and at the same time high-quality training, and because the traditional education system is not able to meet these needs, the search for alternative systems was needed.
In future, according to experts of the American Educational Research Association, two-thirds of all education will be carried out remotely. Most likely, this forecast should be considered too optimistic, but one thing is certain – distance learning has become a viable alternative to the traditional education, and in some areas, especially in the corporate and public, it will give a clear preference, as it is the only way to quick learning at minimum cost.
The basis of the educational process in distance learning is purposeful and intensive work of a student, who can independently determine the sequence of study of the subjects, study in a comfortable place, with individual speed, and in some cases in a convenient time. The main advantage of e-learning is a certain freedom in terms of location and time of training, making distance learning attractive to those, who, for one reason or another can’t to study full-time, but wish to improve their level of education.
In the field of education, as well as in commercial training centers, e-learning will continue to complement the traditional full-time education. In most cases, education of various methods will be most appropriate, when some courses, depending on their nature, are studied in a conventional manner, while the others are studied remotely.
Distance learning, e-learning takes a strong position in the modern system of education, organically complementing the full-time training and a variety of full-time lessons and courses. E-learning is widely used in educational institutions and in enterprises and, according to experts, by the degree of popularity it soon will reach the full-time education.