Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Teleteaching in Belarus

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Teleteaching in Belarus

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The first class of teleteaching in Belarus is being held at the Belorussian Polytechnic Academy. This education institution has a satellite downlink, comprising a parabolic antenna and an automatic search device, plus a DPS-710 converter, a SunTrack-II programmed tuner, a videotranscoder with modulator, a polarizator, and 12 GoldStar VCRs and Gorizont 12" color TVs. Some equipment manufacturers are based in Belarus; others are from The Netherlands, Japan and Korea.

The main class began in April 1993. Its room has comfortable individual workspaces, which have been ergonomically designed. Students can individually view recorded programs. Further, in all foreign language departments as well as in other divisions of the academy, each branch of the main tele-taught class will be equipped with VCRs and TV sets.

This satellite-education classroom will be used to increase the qualifications of our engineers, of bachelor's and master's degree students, and also for the professional guidance of schoolchildren in their senior forms (equivalent to U.S, high schools).

* Vital Role

Velarus is a large but sparsely populated country, similar to Norway in that respect. Distance education is the only way to accustom our young people to modern standards of education and culture. We hope that the system we have created will become an example to others and a point of reference for all regions of Belarus.

To convince the government of Belarus of the importance of distance education, the recent international conference, Teleteaching '93, provided a new boost: the conference adopted the thesis that "the subject of teleteaching is one of the most important in education and training." This credibility is extremely important to government decisionmakers.

* Needs and Limitations

The educational programs offered by distance education on natural sciences (mathematics, physics and chemistry) are of interest, but the programs on modern engineering, industrial ecology, energy savings and the new manufacturing technologies to make products of high quality are of special significance. …

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