E-learning: Russian educational policy and international experience

Tyumen State University Herald. Social, Economic, and Law Research


2016, Vol. 2. №1

E-learning: Russian educational policy and international experience

Author: Oleg N. Smolin

About the author:

Oleg N. Smolin, Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Academician of Russian Academy of Education, Vice Chairman of the State Duma Education Committee, State Duma Deputy; smolin@omgpu.ru


In the beginning of the ХХ century, the e-learning became the main trend in the development of national educational systems and this fact is reflected in numerous official documents of OECD, UNESCO and EU. Geopolitics recognizes informally e-learning as a new technology of intellectual colonization and a powerful factor of international competitiveness. Such countries as Finland, Ireland, South Korea, China, India, France, and others built up their innovative economics on the base of new forms of education. According to the criteria of UNESCO and WB, Russia occupied only the 57th place in the list from 65 countries in development and information technologies use in the middle of the current decade. However, even such criteria require special attention to the quality and term of education. 
The State Duma Education Committee alongside with the national legislative documents is working out substantial criteria that should ensure a high quality of e-learning. It is possible on the base of the three level nation’s legislative system: national, federal, municipal and especially the law “On Education in the Russian Federation”. Still, the success of international mass open on-line courses (MOOCs) that has an explosive character require decisive measures of the national education system to develop e-learning as the main strategy in the race for the national human capital.


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