In late September, a national online educational platform opens in Russia

    With the support of the Ministry of Education and Science, the “Russian National Open Education Platform ” officially launched by the country's leading universities was officially launched in Moscow . It is planned that in a few years a million students from Russia and other countries will study in free online courses. And their virtual grades will fall into real diplomas and resumes. Now users will be able to acquire knowledge in a specific specialty in a few months, instead of studying a huge number of often unnecessary subjects for three to five years.

    The most famous similar online platform, Coursera, was created in 2012 by professors at Stanford University. In just a few years, the Coursera audience has grown to 11 million students, about 120 universities, including Russian ones, collaborate with the portal.

    “Online education and educational platforms is a real breakthrough. We are confident that in the future, a person’s financial condition, social status, gender or place of residence will not prevent him from getting a quality education and succeed, ”says Anant Agarwal , president of edX educational platform .

    A few years ago, the French government sponsored the creation of the FUN portal with free courses of French universities, in the UK there is a similar website Futurelearn, in China, with the strong support of the state, the national platform XuetangX was launched . By creating courses at the national level, the authorities want to demonstrate the quality of education in the country, to attract foreign applicants, professors and, of course, investments.

    In Russia, eight leading Russian universities created a national educational platform that already had experience in developing online courses: Moscow State University, NITU MISiS, HSE, MIPT, ITMO, UrFU, St. Petersburg State University and St. Petersburg State University. Each university has invested at least 50 million rubles in the project and now must present at least ten training courses from its best teachers in a year. It is assumed that later, after careful selection, other universities will be able to join.

    “When creating courses, we use a modern approach that successfully works at the best foreign sites. The professor-creator of the course, specially for the “National Open Education Platform”, processes the usual one-hour lecture, adds multimedia materials (infographics, animations) developed with the help of web designers and programmers. As a result, the student receives a full-fledged course, consisting of small lessons, literally 10-15 minutes, ”tells the“ Kommersant ”rector of NITU MISiS Alevtina Chernikova.

    If necessary, various types of knowledge testing are introduced, classes are conducted on simulators and in virtual laboratories. In addition to the actual lectures, the student of online courses can communicate with other students on a special forum. Education on the national platform will be free - no exam or entrance exam is provided. So far, 46 online training courses have been launched on it.

    “The founding universities have developed a special document that sets strict criteria for the format and content of the courses,” the authors of the platform say. - In fact, courses must comply with state requirements for the content of a subject. Incidentally, this is also a Russian innovation - they offer courses at any level abroad, they are far from always really high-quality. Our principle: a student who has taken such a course should know and be able to do the same as the student who studied it in the audience of the university. ”

    “Currently, work is underway to create specialized centers for reliable verification of learning outcomes, the purpose of which is the final certification of users. After studying the online course, the student will have a choice: pass the exam to the professor-creator of the course or in a specialized center, ”says the rector of NITU MISiS.

    The first lessons on the platform will begin in late September, but you can sign up for them now. “According to world statistics, 15–20% of MOOC students are applicants. If earlier a significant part of schoolchildren chose a university on the advice of their parents or even just closer to home, now high school students want to make an informed choice. And online courses help in this, show the strengths of the university, give an idea of ​​the program, ”the authors of the platform believe.

    Our country already has such portals - Universarium , UNIWEB , Arzamas .

    Nevertheless, “the Russian market is still empty - there are a large number of people in the country who may be interested in distance learning. The space for work is huge, ”said Dmitry Guzhelya, founder of Universarium.

    “Online courses will never replace the traditional model of education, Anant Agarwal is sure.“ But the introduction of such blended learning into the educational process will significantly improve it. Online courses will be able to free up more time for teachers and students in discussions, workshops, communication, and joint resolution of problems. ”

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