Monday, August 21, 2017

UrFU hosts conference on distance learning, educational technology

On Tuesday, Ural Federal University hosted a conference on new educational technologies at the university aimed at improving online education, drawing experts from universities and educational organizations in Russia, the U.S. and Europe.

"Modern educational technology allows us to look forward with confidence and achieve a new quality of higher education in Russia," UrFU Rector Viktor Koksharov said. "We give our students a chance to learn the lessons of the best teachers in demand the world."

Koksharov also said offering open courses online is an indispensable element of the modern university. UrFU has initiated an "Open University" program to connect nine federal universities through online coursework. The group will work together to provide unique learning paths for students.

The conference included roundtable discussions, workshops and seminars about new educational technologies for universities. There were also exhibitions and a competition on the best practices of e-learning.