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RF Ministry of Education and Science: distance learning is extended until May 31

photo: Michil YAKOVLEV / from the archive of NEFU Newsroom

  • 13 May 2020
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RF Ministry of Education and Science: distance learning is extended until May 31

Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia Valery Falkov extended the distance learning regime in Russian universities until May 31. The decision was made to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection.

According to Vasily Afanasiev, a student at the College of Infrastructure Technologies, he became much more organized while studying remotely. “Online learning is hard: there are a lot of household routines that distract from learning. Nevertheless, I attend lectures consistently and do all the independent work on time, so I can say that distance learning does not negatively affect my academic performance. I learned self-control,” said Vasily Afanasiev.

According to Lilia Skryabina, a law student, distance learning made it clear how important real-life communication in the educational process for her. “It is much more convenient when the whole group and the teacher are in the same room. Distance learning for me greatly affects lectures: I master a topic additionally through textbooks or on the Internet after classes. At the same time, due to online learning, I have more time to prepare for the seminars,” said Lilia Skryabina.

Vice Rector for Educational Activity Aleksey Golikov previously noted that 50 percent of surveyed students as part of an online survey conducted at NEFU, recognized the combination of online and traditional forms of education as the preferred option. NEFU plans to develop online education: from the next academic year, up to 20 percent of the educational load will remain in the online format. The experience that teachers and students gain in distance learning will be in demand, the vice rector pointed out.

The corresponding order to extend the distance learning regime was signed on May 8 and posted on the official website of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. The document maintains a closed-door regime in universities and a prohibition on attending buildings of educational organizations by students until a separate order of the ministry. Classes will be continued remotely. Universities that are not subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Science are given recommendations to establish the same regime of visits and classes.

Author: Anna BAISAKOVA, NEFU Newsroom

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