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in-service training and advance training of civil servants
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NATIONAL ACADEMY FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
under THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE
           



OFF-CAMPUS AND DISTANCE LEARNING

Since the 2003-2004 academic year, the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine has instituted a new form of studies called "Off-Campus and Distance Learning."

Off-Campus and Distance Learning is an innovative form of learning directly at the place where the individual resides without interrupting the carrying out of their basic activities and using contemporary information and communication technologies (ITC).

Studies take place through the National Academy's Distance Learning Center in two specializations:

  • State Managment - at the National Academy and its regional Institutes of Public Administration in Dnipropetrovsk, L'viv, Odesa and Kharkiv since 2006
  • Managing Social Development - at the National Academy since 2003

The term of studies is 20 months (2.5 years) in the off-campus, distance format.

Additional requirements of students applying for Distance Learning (DL) are:

  • readiness to use modern Information and Communication Technologies, which is determined upon entering the program by a computer test as established by the Academy's admissions committee;
  • available access to the internet and e-mail.

DL LEARNING ORGANIZATIONAL MODEL

The learning process takes place during face-to-face sessions in the inter-semester period.

Face-to-Face sessions are of three types:

  • entrance;
  • examination;
  • intensive summer schools.

Entrance and examination sessions take place during the course of a single week, four times a year, and are designed to:

  • provide instruction regarding the general questions as to how DL is organized;
  • participate in lectures, seminars and workshops in disciplines that are being studied at a distance during the inter-semester period;
  • hold consultations and present a summation of the success of the individual's learning of the disciplines in the chosen program.

INNOVATIONS IN THE MASTER'S PROGRAM

Intensive summer schools that last two weeks are organized once a year and dedicated to studying disciplines in the curriculum, such as foreign languages, the art of business communication, and so on, in the form of intensive training.

 

THE ADVANTAGES OF DL

  • Students are provided with the entire package of teaching materials related to each discipline, including:
    • an electronic, interactive multimedia guidebook
    • a workbook (with a schedule and plan for the entire course, assignments, and information about all forms of activities)
    • access to an electronic library;
    • supplementary informational information on a CD
  • Students are able to apply what they learn in their day-to-day work immediately and directly.
  • Students learn about modern ICT, learning methods and activities in a hands-on fashion.

During the inter-session period (10-week semesters) students study at a distance without interruptions from their main activities, through the Prometheus computer learning management system by:

  • studying theoretical materials (learning methods set);
  • taking tests to establish the level of mastery over the theoretical portion for themselves (Prometheus);
  • completing practical assignments;
  • participating in workshop activities, business games, role-playing, and other forms of group activities (either simultaneously (internet chats) or asynchronously (internet forum), Prometheus).

Students in off-campus, distance studies who have completed the curriculum, defended their Master's thesis and passed the state examination are granted the degree of Masters by decision of a State Examination Board and issued a diploma of the established format.

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