Distance training serves to solve the problem of a person’s permanent need in training, lack of time being among the main reasons this need fails to be satisfied. Retaining the basic advantages of instruction by correspondence (an opportunity to study without interrupting work), distance training allows you to take advanced courses in your professional field, irrespective of the place you live in, at a time (hours and dates) suitable for you, offering, at the same time, more flexibility and interactivity in the process of learning due to the following factors:
Distance learning materials are represented in a convenient compact electronic version;
The training period is not fixed so strictly as in the case of face-to-face training;
An opportunity is provided for personalized training and knowledge control for each learner;
A distance teacher is available to answer via email any questions, which arise when the course is being taken.
Electronic educational resources of the training-and-methodical complex (TMC) of the distance advanced training system make it possible to create flexible module-programmes for advanced training of various categories of learners, to effectively update the contents of the training-and-methodical materials, to provide entire current monitoring of the training process, to hold on-line seminars, forums, video lectures, group and individual consultations both on-line and via email.
The site "Distance system of advanced training" offers various types of users, those working in the field of education, in the first place, the following opportunities:
- Distance training within advanced studies programmes, individual courses, course modules, and topics.
- Personalized distance consulting, testing, and monitoring of training within advanced studies programmes.
- Development of new advanced training programmes for various categories of learners, using the site training-and-methodical materials.
- Use of the site resources (individual topics, modules, courses, and programmes) in the academic process of the advanced studies departments of higher schools, institutes of educational staff advanced training, resource and methodical centres, as supplementary training-and-methodical materials.
The site "Distance system of advanced training"
was created within the project "Advanced training of the education management bodies’ staff coordinating processes of informatization of education on municipal and regional levels, as well as of coordinators of personnel training and retraining programmes in the field of information technologies", within the framework of the major line of informatization of education specified as "Personnel training for information society", of the Federal Special-Purpose Programme "Development of common educational environment (2001 – 05)" launched by the Federal Agency of Education of the Russian Federation.