Authors: Tatiana Noskova; Tatiana Pavlova; Olga Yakovleva; Nataliia Morze; Martin Drlík
Addresses: Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Nab. R. Moiki, 48, Saint-Petersburg, Russia ' Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Nab. R. Moiki, 48, Saint-Petersburg, Russia ' Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Nab. R. Moiki, 48, Saint-Petersburg, Russia ' Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, Vice-rector on Informational Technologies, 18\2 Vorovskogo Str, Kyiv, Ukraine ' Department of Computer Science, Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra, Slovakia
Abstract: The paper represents the preliminary results of the ongoing comparative study of information environments in the frame of the European project 'IRNet'. The aim of this study is to substantiate and verify a set of external indicators for the virtual educational environment of the University, which allows to determine its quality and to identify concrete ways for its further improvement. This research phase was conducted within three universities: Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University in Ukraine, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovak Republic and Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. The Research instrument contains three sections (dimensions): characteristic of Open University resources; the questionnaire, detecting students' information behaviour and attitude towards different networking activities in university information environment; global ranking of university internet integration. The study shows that the proposed set of indicators allows to determine the overall level of university virtual learning environment development and to identify specific areas for its improvement. For a more complete study of the university virtual environment, the developed set of tools must be supplemented by internal indicators reflecting e-learning methodology, achieved educational outcomes, etc. But it is the task of the next phase of the study.
Keywords: global ranking; information environment; open resources; quality; student behaviour; university information; higher education; external indicators; Ukraine; Slovak Republic; Russia; open university; student attitudes; networking; internet integration; virtual learning environment; VLE; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning.
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2016 Vol.26 No.2, pp.196 - 216
Received: 20 Apr 2015
Accepted: 30 Sep 2015
Published online: 21 Apr 2016 *