IATP distance learning courses – are professional development courses on topics most popular among IATP participants: application of new information technologies in professional activities, modern communications and communication psychology. Such courses do not offer students in-class instructional sessions. All communications are carried out via virtual environment – Internet and specialized DL platform, and interactions are mainly non-synchronic via e-mail and web-forums (real-time chat sessions are uncommon).
Student groups usually include 15-20 learners. A course instructor, who is, in most cases, an author of the course, provides the timely support of learners and grade their control assignments. Courses differ in length; however, most of them last from 4 to 12 weeks (not more than 72 academic hours). All of the courses are provided in Russian.
- Title: Professional Development Through e-Learning
Date: April, 22nd
File: MS Power Point, DL-in-IATP.ppt (2 863 KB)
Terms and Conditions
In 2004/ 2005 academic year DL courses are suggested on a free basis to the target groups of alumni of exchange programs, conducted and financed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (ECA). Alumni could take any of existing IATP DL courses, and they are provided with a free and open access for the Internet from the IATP centers.
IATP utilizes the VLE platform for most of its DL courses. The VLE v.3.0 (Virtual Learning Environment) was developed by the World Bank Institute in 2000 and distributed in Russia by the Institute of the Information Society. The VLE format includes a set of introductory materials and recommendations for learners, structured learning modules with text and graphics, and interactive tools to support communication among learners as discussion forums, chat-rooms, bulletin boards and internal webmail.
After successful completion of the course graduates receive certificates of IATP Program. In some courses, organized in partnership with IATP partners, graduates receive certificates of both partner organizations.