Authors O.V. Galustyan
Month, Year 10, 2012 @en
Index UDC 378.146
Abstract This article is devoted to the theoretical foundations of a virtual learning environment in education. The article discusses virtual educational area as one of the innovative technologies in education. The article deals with student-centered and social (or social learning theory) approaches as methodological guidelines for the use of virtual learning environment, which are based on the election of forms and methods that encourage creativity, initiative and independence of each student. The author gives Digital Campus of Southern Federal University and Knowledge Forum as the examples of virtual educational area. The author comes to a conclusion that the use of a virtual learning environment in education enhances communicative orientation, provides intercultural communication, enables the development of informational and communicational competence, improves students" self-education.

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Keywords Innovative technology; virtual learning environment; educational portal; student-centered approach; social learning theory.
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