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Distance learning: pros & cons

O.G. Vasyukov
80,00 Р

UDC 37-042:004   


O.G. Vasyukov is Cand.Sci (Pedagogy), Ass. Prof. at sub-faculty “Information developing and educational systems and technologies” at Samara State Technical University e-mail:


Discussed is actual question about, how long distance learning has come to the Russian education system. Will this form of education become the main one in view of planning the federal project “Digital Educational Environment”? The results of the questionnaire of students on of their personal desire to switch to distance learning are considered. 59.87% of students do not want to switch to distance learning, 31.6% want to switch, 5.9% have not decided on the answer and 2.63% of students supported the joint use of traditional and distance forms of teaching. The positive and negative sides of distance learning from the point of view of the surveyed students are stated. Positive motives for the transition to distance learning were: the convenience of working on your computer; saving free time due to the time spent on the way to the university and back; more flexible study schedule; improving safety for one's health, improving the environment; students who live far from the university also noted the savings in money. Motives against the transition to distance learning were named: difficult perception of the material without live communication with teachers; an increase in the number of questions in comparison with regular training; disruption of some classes for technical reasons; lack of software on the home PC; non-compliance of the software on your computer with the requirements; an increase in the amount of time spent at the computer; some students cite the difficulty of self-organization at home as a reason. The attitude to distance learning of some government officials and the elite of the Russian state is shown. The negative influence on the creative component of the work of programmers in the remote mode is noted. The author of the article proposes to bring the issue of the large-scale introduction of distance learning planned in the government to a general wide discussion in order to prevent miscalculations in this very important issue and to choose a solution that is profitable at first, but incurring large losses in the future. The author notes a tendency for a more positive attitude of students towards distance learning compared to April and May 2020.

Key words: distance learning, traditional form of education, lectures, practical training, education.



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