Since the school year 2015/2016, access to the distance learning system is free, i.e. it is included in the tuition costs (electronic books, recorded lectures, audio recordings, electronic presentations of teaching content, video clips, access to licensed databases, etc.)
Since the school year 2015/2016, access to the distance learning system is free, i.e. it is included in the tuition costs (electronic books, recorded lectures, audio recordings, electronic presentations of teaching content, video clips, access to licensed databases, etc.) All students of Pan-European University “APEIRON” have full access to the distance learning system. Each student receives user data to access the multimedia content relating to subjects they have.
All content within the system is logically organized which allows easy use and satisfaction at work. Distance learning system Learning Cubes 4.0 reduces students’ travel costs, provides access to textbooks and presentations as well as flexibility of learning in every respect.
Distance learning system Learning Cubes 4.0 is an upgrade of classroom teaching, be it classical teaching or teaching supported by ICT and computer multimedia, with the aim of enriching knowledge in a new and interesting way by giving the user the option of complete control to manage multimedia content published within the distance learning system.
About 10,000 hours of video recordings of different teaching activities have already been published within the distance learning system!
Distance learning is an imperative of the modern educational system which should provide life-long learning (Bologna principle of »life-long learning«) and represent an educational support to modern post-industrial knowledge society, which in that way grows into learning society. When a student com-pletes the first part of studies and takes over any kind of social function (work, family, political, socio-cultural and other responsibilities), he/she can no longer upgrade his/her knowledge in a traditional way „from the classroom“, and during the life career he/she will have constant educational needs. The only way to reconcile this apparent contradiction (modern educational needs and traditional educa-tional methods and forms) is through flexible educational models, which apart from traditional meth-ods of learning also include distance learning and informal models of education. In the USA, all accredited higher education institutions offer distance education as a legitimate form of study.
Distance learning is, according to the Law on Higher Education of the Republic of Srpska (Article 34 of the Official Gazette of the Republic of Srpska, No. 73/10), defined as a teaching method, i.e. as a meth-od of performing teaching and studying process which can actually be applied to regular and extraordi-nary studies. With this approach of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska, the elements of distance learning, as methodological forms, are enabled at full capacity also to regular stu-dents.
Pan-European University APEIRON has been running distance learning studies since the academic year 2007/08 based on the decision on eligibility for commencement of work issued by Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska No. 07.2-4777/07 from 01/08/2007, and license issued by Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska No. 07.2-9624/07 from 28/12/2007. Pan-European University has been also issued with a special license for running distance learning studies by Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska No. 07.2-9624-1/07 om 28/12/2007.
Therefore, Pan-European University, by defining its mission and perceiving trends in the development of modern society, set as one of its strategic goals development and implementation of distance learn-ing. In order to achieve credibility of distance learning in conditions of misunderstanding by traditional academia and legitimize this form of education, Pan-European University has invested considerable personnel, logistics, research, material and financial resources in the development of this model of studies. At the Pan-European University, the teaching process in the distance learning system is orga-nized as a kind of synthesis of traditional educational forms, innovated in the form of interactive teach-ing, and modern educational forms of distance learning, technologically strongly supported by ICT.
All Pan-European University students have open active accounts for access to a protected WEB distance learning module, which enables them to effectively prepare for the exams by using appropriate learning sources placed through the system.
The recourses of distance learning system are available to all students regardless of the form, type, level, and place of studying.
a/ material support in the distance learning system:
At the Pan-European University, all classrooms, both in the headquarters and in licensed University departments, are digitized and equipped with multimedia equipment for the acquisition of digital con-tent, and professional teleconferencing, i.e. telecommunications equipment, which enables the use of modern methods of distance learning teaching process. Laboratory for Information/Communication Technology is specially equipped for the development and maintenance of Internet service introduced at the University, and for the development of multimedia applications and information-safety system.
At the Pan-European University, an integral university information system has been introduced, and information system of distance learning support. University “APEIRON” is the Microsoft IT Academy Platinum Pro partner in the area of education and implementation of Microsoft technology, and also a licensed test center in the world systems “Promet-ric” and “Pearson Vue”.
b/ logistic support:
All lectures, exams, and other educational activities, including the educational activities performed in classrooms, clinics, or outside (for example some activities in sports science), are recorded, digitally processed at the Laboratory of information and communication technologies, and then optimized for distribution in the system of distance learning and for control functions.
In order to provide a textbook support in the system of distance learning, University “APEIRON”, as a licensed publisher and through a network of agreements on the protection of copyright in their own publications, has provided all textbooks, presentations, and other written sources in electronic form, and published them in writing and in electronic form of web publications.
Through mobile computing platforms (tablets and smart phones), or the so-called smart TV, each student who is active in the distance learning system of education has access to the following:
c/ organization of the teaching process in the distance learning system
- Video recordings of all held lectures, and recordings of all lessons and other teaching activities for each individual subject including presentations which were used during the teaching activities in a single timeline;
- Audio recordings, i.e. audio extracts from recorded lectures;
- Textbooks which are used for the analysis of subjects in hypertext electronic form and PDF format;
- All other sources in written form which are used in subject analysis are available in the electronic form;
- Electronic presentations of all teaching content;
- Audio version of the majority of textbooks in the form of so called audio-books;
- Video clips, animations, a series of photographs and slides in electronic form which are used as addi-tional teaching resources;
- Access to licensed databases, scientific periodicals, and access to licensed study databases to which the Pan-European University is subscribed;
In remote locations, teaching in the distance learning system is provided by the projections of all lec-tures which are recorded in the Pan-European University headquarters, according to designated and published schedule. Also, students are able to individually follow all lectures at any time over the Inter-net, via secured distance learning WEB module, which allows watching of all lectures many times again. Recorded lectures and presentations for each individual subject are available to students via optic me-dia, DVD respectively. Students access teaching resources in the distance learning system via a secured distance learning module on the University website. In this way, students have access to electronic books (published in HTML and PDF format), electronic presentations developed by subjects, as well as lectures that are recorded for each subject and teaching block, lesson respectively. Students also have access to the textbooks in the form of audio-books, which can be accessed via Internet site of the dis-tance learning system.
Professors perform written consultations with students via e-mail. Every professor and student has an open e-mailbox within the University information system. Professors are obliged to conduct dedicated electronic correspondence with students in the form of brief consultations and operative answers to the questions.
In the distance learning system, students are provided over the weekend (on Friday afternoons and Saturdays) with a direct contact study performed by responsible professors and other employed aca-demic staff in the scope of no less than one-third of the contact study for regular students, and direct or on-line video consultations in the scope of 6 lessons. Classes held for regular students are broad-casted from the University headquarters to all licensed Pan-European University departments over the Internet. Since the broadcast is being performed with the equipment for professional teleconferenc-ing, in this way, full participation and interaction is provided to students in remote locations.
Practical classes, laboratory, clinic, sports and work practice are organized for students in the distance learning system in institutions and organizations with which the University has signed agreements on business, technical and academic cooperation, and whose allocation corresponds to the distribution of residence of students studying in the distance learning regime. Students, for whom, practical, laborato-ry and clinic classes cannot be provided, the realization of these program facilities in a condensed form is enabled at the institutions of the Pan-European University immediate surroundings in the frame-work of dedicated winter and/or summer seminar/campus which is organized for a period of 7-14 days.
d/ exam activities in the distance learning system
In the distance learning system, oral exams are being held directly at the university headquarters dur-ing the weekend, or in licensed University departments. Oral exams are also being held via teleconfer-encing from the headquarters in Banja Luka to licensed University departments. Exam conditions at remote locations are controlled by responsible teaching staff or authorized person – so called “proctor” who create the appropriate protocol, i.e. record of exam.
Written exam or pre-exam activities in the form of written or electronic tests, written exams with questions, or micro essays are organized for this category of students both in the University headquar-ters and in licensed departments. Other written resources for student evaluation such as seminar pa-pers, essays and projects are submitted to the professor responsible for the task of review and evalua-tion in electronic or written form via Student Service.
Defense of diploma thesis and specialist paper is organized in the headquarters and in licensed de-partments via teleconferencing. Master Thesis defense is organized exclusively at the Pan-European University headquarters.