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Director of Distance Learning Institute at eLearning Stakeholders and Researchers Summit

From October 10-11, 2017, the international eLearning Stakeholders and Researchers Summit took place in Moscow. The conference was organized by the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in conjunction with the Web-based Coursera course platform. The Very Rev. Archpriest Gennady Egorov, Director of the Institute of Distance Learning at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of the Humanities, moderated a session on “Communication in Online Learning”.

Over the course of the conference’s two days, more than twenty sessions, roundtables, and masterclasses took place, being dedicated to various aspects of distance education. The question of communication in e-learning has long been recognized as being a key one. The part led by the Institute of Distance Learning drew a larger number of attendees than was expected and piqued the interests of foreign collaborators from the USA, Netherlands, and Israel, among other countries.

On the initiative of the Institute of Distance Learning of Saint Tikhon’s University, one of the conference sessions was called “Communication in Online Learning”. The session moderator, Fr. Gennady, presented the results of research conducted jointly with Tatiana Melalina, a head of department within the Institute of Distance Learning. “Our system of education is constructed entirely on communication between teachers and students,” Fr. Gennady said as he presented the results of a recent survey. In the survey, rules for communication were complied by teachers, and students were then given the chance to evaluate them. Over 80 percent stated that a teacher’s readiness in responding to their communications increases the effectiveness of learning, and that for this reason they wanted to have feedback within 24 hours. Over one third of students consider comments on any grades they receive, even including top marks, to be important. When asked whether, instead of taking courses, they would rather have video lectures with assessments embedded in them and a final essay, over half of students remarked that they would prefer to have only the current type of courses or such courses supplemented by video content. Only 17% of those taking the course on “Fundamentals of Orthodoxy” and 8% of those on the Theology program would elect to have audiovisual lectures as the main way of transmitting information.


Originally published on October 13, 2017

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