Open and distance learning
Open and distance learning (in French, FOAD) is an education method which gives learners the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills through information and instruction provided from a geographical distance. It has three main advantages:
- Students can begin a training at any time.
- They can train themselves according to their personal availability and constraints.
- Time and place constraints do not apply anymore.
Open and distance learning uses a variety of methods and media, among which:
- delivery and return of lessons and exercises by postal mail;
- audio and video tapes;
- conferences aired on television and radio;
- e-learning platforms with advanced features: chat, forums, tests, polls, calendar, document storage, etc.
Each training is divided into credit units:
- Each credit unit is described as chapters and sessions with objectives, an agenda, homework, exercises, assessment tests, seminars and tutorials, ...
- There are an identified teacher and tutor for each credit unit.
- Meetings, whether in-real-life or virtual, may be programmed.
Most generally, the assessement comprises continuous assessment and a final exam at once:
- The continuous assessment often consists of homework or dissertations to be returned within a period of time.
- The final exam takes place in a center close to the student, in limited time and under the control of examiners.
Provision of distance learning at the University of Rennes 1
The SFC, the University department dedicated to continuing education, has a commitment to develop distance learning through the Internet. Thirteen curricula are already available and several other projects are currently being developped:
- ENVAM, campus numérique en environnement et aménagement, digital campus in Environmental Science and Land Use Planning;
- Master finance d'entreprise, Master in Corporate Finance;
- Master Métiers de la formation en économie et gestion, Master in training professions in Economics and Management;
- Modules de formation e-learning, training in e-learning;
- Master 1 Droit des affaires, first year of Master in Business Law;
- Master 1 Droit social, first year of Master in Labour and employment Law;
- Licence en droit, Licence in Law;
- Diplôme d'Université Finance pour les managers, Diplôme d'Université Finance for managers;
- Préparation à l'agrégation d'économie et gestion, preparation to the agrégation (recruitment examination allowing its holders to teach in a secondary school or at University) in Economics and Management;
- E-mi@ge (méthodes informatiques appliquées à la gestion des entreprises), Business Computing;
- DUT Gestion des Entreprises et des Administrations - option RH, DUT Business and Administration Management specializing in Human Resources;
- DUT Gestion des Entreprises et des Administrations - option PMO, DUT Business and Administration Management specializing in small and medium enterprises;
- DAEU B (option scientifique), diploma providing access to university studies and specializing in Science.