Well-developed electronic information and educational environment and powerful IT infrastructure have been created at the North Caucasus Federal University long ago.
NCFU server infrastructure is more than 150 servers, 500 virtual workstations providing remote desktops for employees and horizontal scaling for all distance learning informational systems.
All academic buildings and hostels are combined into a united telecommunications infrastructure with high-speed communication channels providing access to the resources of distance learning informational systems.
NCFU electronic information and educational environment currently includes several elements:
eCampus educational portal – self-designed solution, with dynamically enhanced capabilities, created to improve quality and convenience of supporting educational process for students, teachers and applicants;
LMS Moodle-based education management system of NCFU, which accumulates educational courses on major educational programmes, including video lectures, practical, presentation and textbook material, test material databases;
digital resource repository, which accumulates more than 10 thousand educational learning material and scientific content prepared by the University teachers;
"Foliant" e-catalog, which capabilities were enhanced with full-text documents storage module back in 2006, providing access to more than 16,5 thousand educational learning publications; and two external e-library systems ("University library ONLINE" and "IPRbooks") that provide educational literature practically for all disciplines taught at the University.
Interaction between teachers and students is facilitated by eCampus portal, all its services are intended to build individual learning paths for students.
The eCampus integrated database (1 Tb capacity) contains information about all the students of the University since 2001, from admission to graduation. The system monitors all actions of students and analyses them to create digital tracks and rating positions.
Students study lecture, methodological and informational materials using their personal accounts of the eCampus portal, upload completed reports in accordance with the schedules posted on the portal, consult with their teachers via chat.
But a simple study of lecture texts and doing practical tasks cannot solve the problem of organizing distance learning. Due to the Internet, video courses have become a very popular content. Students find it far more convenient to quickly watch video lectures instead of reading a book or a manual. NCFU does not set a task to fully substitute live communication between teachers and students, but pays great attention to creation of original video courses by University teachers.
LMS Moodle-based education management system of NCFU provides students with access to 139 e-learning courses. Electronic video materials must comply with modern requirements of digital world, which is a challenge to be reckoned with. That is whyin March 2020 a new up-to-date video-recording studio was created at NCFU; it is based on Jalinga hardware and software suite which allows to make a video course emotionally appealing as well as informative.
Teachers conduct lectures online and consult their students using videoconferencing to compensate for lack of live communication.