Distance education is education without borders
1. What are distance education technologies?
Distance education technologies (DET) are combination of information technologies that provide distance learning. DET is based on online and offline distance learning sessions. Online learning sessions establish learning process in real time (video conference, online messages exchange via internet, phone conversations).
Offline learning sessions create learning process when teachers and students communicate at various times (e-mail, students’ study of a course book assigned by teachers with further semifinal and/or final test).
2. The aim of distance education technologies:
Distance education realizes the basic principal of the State Policy of Education, availability of education for all segments of the population.
DET is applied for the following groups of students:
- the students on reduced educational programs on the basis of elementary, secondary, technical and professional, graduate and postgraduate types of education;
- people with disabilities including disabled children, persons with category I and II disabilities, persons disabled from childhood at all levels of education;
- the students who travelled abroad due to international exchange programs for graduate and postgraduate studies with the exception of Bolashak fellows;
- the ones on long business trips abroad (for more than 4 months) for graduate studies.
3. What is Moodle?
Moodle is Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Moodle is based on Learning Management System relying on computer, telecommunication and internet technologies. Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages utilizes Moodle system as a platform for distance education technologies (DET).
4. How to be enrolled for a distance course?
The students who wish to learn via distance education technologies (DET) make an application to the university management with motivated justification on their opportunity to use DET with confirmation documents.
Disabled children provide recommendation letter from Psychological, Medical and Pedagogical Consultation regarding their capability to learn via DET.
5. Learning policy regarding DET
Learning policy is based on general policy and aim of Ablai Khan University in the field of the quality of educational services in accordance with innovative and adaptive model of the university. Education is provided with credit technology.
According to this concept the following items are being renewed annually:
- course programs;
- syllabus with consideration of labour market needs for foreign languages;
- teaching materials (Teaching Aids) defining the schedule and content of education.
The students enrolled to the distance learning program start with one week session in the university location, further on they learn via DET.
An academic year consists of 2 semesters, each semester includes two semifinal and one final tests/exams. The following forms of learning are applied:
- online sessions;
- offline sessions;
Advisers and tutors conduct individual and group tutorials according to schedule All lessons are in English language except such disciplines as Professional Russian/Kazakh languages.
Students may attend online lessons by individual schedule except some study forms where group work is necessary or include specific tasks as forum, chat, video conference, webinar/seminar. These forms are described in syllabus.
Professional training is provided by Ablai Khan University in accordance with a chosen speciality.
Forms of education: daytime full-time on basis of DET/ evening full-time on basis of DET.
6. Attendance policy (DET)
Regular attendance is one of essential requirements in education process. ‘Attendance’ means virtual presence at online lessons, active participation in all academic activities according to the syllabus. To attend online lessons, one need to register and sigh in to a Moodle course.
- Completing lessons;
- Weekly submission of tasks regularly and in time to a tutor/teacher.
Seven-day access is given to complete all lectures and tasks of a week. Then access is denied, and the next week lessons are available.
To acquire professional knowledge and competence successfully, a student is to attend not less than 85% of lessons. In case non-attendance makes up more that 15 % of total amount of study time in one subject, a student is not allowed to take semi-final and final examinations in this very subject. Retake is possible in additional summer semester (for additional payment) according to University schedule.
7. Evaluation policy (DET)
Evaluation of a student's knowledge, skills and competence on a course is made in accordance with international standards by letter (A-F) and numerical grades. E-marks are registered in e- registers and e-mark-sheet.
8. Assessment policy (DET)
Types of assessments: everyday control (EC), semi-final control (SC), final control or examination (FC).
Study schedule is based on approved academic calendar. According to this calendar every seven weeks semi-final assessments are held. Students get online assessment tests on Moodle for all courses. Final control requires personal presence as it is held offline (except special cases such as health reasons etc).
A student is allowed to do semi-final examination in case he/she has completed and submitted all required tasks.
9. Academic support policy (DET)
Academic support includes education portal of Abylai Khan University, Moodle platform, e-library, computer and multimedia labs, additional software, teachers’ and advisors’ tutorials, IT trainings and consultations.
10. Academic honesty (DET)
According to General requirements for International Baccalaureate academic honesty is essential and inevitable requirement of Abylai Khan University.
Academic honesty is:
- appropriate student’s behaviour while completing any assessed academic activities/tests etc (exclusion of fraud , falsifications, plagiarism etc);
- independent / original researches , projects, essays etc;
- appropriate reference, authorship indication while academic researches and projects (exclusion of plagiarism)
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