Distance education technologies are learning technologies implemented with the use of information and telecommunication tools in mediated (remotely) or not fully mediated interaction of the student and the teacher.
At the beginning of the academic year there are 859 students studying at the University using distance education technologies.
The distance learning system provides 2 modes of operation (offline and online modes) through the personal account page of the student and the teacher.
The offline mode provides interaction between the teacher and the student through cases. Cases are curriculum guidelines for the course, which include the following items:
1. Electronic lecture notes
2. The content of practical and seminar classes
3. Tasks for independent work
4. Midterm examination materials
5. Final examination materials
6. An additional package.
The online mode provides for online sessions (classes) in real time. The module of online sessions (lessons) includes:
1. Chat: the exchange of short messages
2. Room’s Documents/Files: downloading of previously placed files
3. Online Board: two-way visibility of information through the Board (boards): the teacher has the opportunity to demonstrate previously prepared items: videos, images, texts. The teacher and the student have the ability to perform any action using the tools installed on the Board
4. Desktop broadcast: the teacher can show the desktop (content) of his / her computer
5. Video, audio broadcast: using a web camera.
The advantages of distance learning are:
• studying at any time from anywhere;
• handling a job while studying;
• availability of educational information, intensive dialogue between the student and the teacher through the use of new information and telecommunication technologies in the educational process (online sessions);
• equal opportunities for education regardless of the place of residence, health status, elitism and material security of the student.