Academic journal article Modern Journal of Language Teaching Methods

A Study Model of Collating Russian and Iranian Experience in the Field of Distance Learning Technologies Quality

Academic journal article Modern Journal of Language Teaching Methods

A Study Model of Collating Russian and Iranian Experience in the Field of Distance Learning Technologies Quality

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Relevance of the issue

The article is devoted to topical problems caused by active implementation of distance learning technologies, which in various countries have both positive aspects and challenges. Thus, collating the experience of different countries the scholars should reveal actual ideas, the distribution of which will allow the expected productive results. In the previous research papers the authors of the given article described aspects of distance learning technologies formation (Zamani, Abedini, Soleymani & Amini, 2012), as well as the experience of information-and-environment and logistical approaches (Vlasova, Kirilova &, Masalimova, 2015). Further investigation of the described issues require the development of statistically verified research models of Russian and foreign experience collation, allowing to make well-reasoned conclusions and recommendations in the field of distance learning technologies quality.

The main aspects of the study

The article focuses on the problems of education quality in distance learning context, the solution of which can vary considerably in different countries. It reveals two aspects: firstly, the authors' statistical research model of international experience collation (comparative study), secondly, the results of its implementation for the scientometric analysis of Russia's and Iran's achievements in the field of distance learning technologies quality. It should be noted that the given model is founded on the universal philosophical (Nurullin, 2013) and historical understanding (Newman, Ward, Smith, Wilson, McCrea, 1997), oriented on developing standards (Sharifzyanova, Shtreter & Nauryzbayeva, 2015) and the experience of comparative research (Kamalova & Zakirova, 2014), as well as standardized invariant schemes of objects analysis that are applied to different data (Razinkov & Latypov, 2007). On the basis of the proposed statistical research model there can be compared the achievements and experience in the science and practice of different countries.

The article describes the model and the results of terminology comparative analysis in the areas related to ensuring the quality of distance learning technologies implementation in Russia and Iran.

Methodological Framework

Statistical research model

The paper proposes the statistical research model aimed at the division of the analyzed data into the following categories: 1) evidence that the countries in question are similar, 2) data showing that the countries manifest themselves in the designated field differently.

The general scheme of similarities and differences zones defined by the methods of mathematical statistics see in Fig. 1. The first category, respectively, includes: experience recognized and useful for both countries, as well as experience insignificant for both countries. The second category includes experience in which the leading position is occupied by one country, and experience, where the other country dominates.

This model was built in order to identify common and specific features of scientific research development and practical achievements in the field of training quality in the context of distance learning technologies implementation. Experience, in which the countries in question are similar, is based on global trends including the interest in the study and implementation of ways to ensure the quality of distance learning technologies implementation, which is due, on the one hand, to the development and implementation of distance learning technologies and on the other hand - to the increased interest in relevant quality systems. The experience, in which countries differ, is based on their history, legislation and the structure of their educational systems, as well as the level of information technologies and the established mentality, which determines the attitude toward education.

Research tools

For the given research model there were proposed and adopted the following rules forming the basis of research tools for collation, regulating the adequate inclusion of data into the specific category on the basis of statistically significant similarities and differences in the data obtained:

- comparable volume of the original samples of the studied materials;

- consideration of variations in synonymously similar concepts as a criterion to determine correctness of the formation of the main sets of terms;

- assessment of chronology and dynamics of the main synonyms and similar concepts emergence in the development structure of the investigated materials;

- reliance on relative statistical indicators of usage frequency of the studied term sets in the sample totals;

- assessment of the reliability of the studied data obtained by means of samples collation organized on the basis of keywords, titles of publications, abstracts, types of publications and full texts of the materials;

- consideration of completeness of compound terms coverage in literature and other studies. …

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