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Sanna Turoma
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Polina Pekker (Moscow State University named by Lomonosov, Russia)

Distance Education in Russia: Form or Technology

The aim of this work is to analyze the development and predict the future of distance learning in further years in Russia. The work is based on quantitate research. In research took part nearly 1600 people from 48 Russian subjects, 18 years and older (adulthood in Russia). The results of research show the relation between socio-demographic specifications such as: sex, age, education, income, social status and use of distance learning. The results of interviews show that this form of education hasn't yet found its function and role in Russian system of higher education. It should be noted that demand on distance learning is low at the moment in Russia, although it has potential for development, considering the geographical area of Russia. The results are discussed in regard to theoretical explanations of distance learning (especially the population ecology theory by G. Carroll and H. Aldrich). Opponents of distance education believe that this format won't find a response on Russian market and will be just a part of traditional education. It is concluded that it may take 3-5 years to improve the effectiveness of distance education in Russia.