July 3, 2009 - 15:34 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net
- The Armenian Virtual College (AVC), AGBU's newest learning institute, announced registration of students for the new course of study. 382 applicants have been already registered: with the 17-year-old youngest applicant and 82-year-old oldest one. The majority of applicants are from U.S, Russia, France, Argentine and Armenia.
The AVC is currently comprised of three departments - Language, History, and Culture, each offer 4 courses. All courses have been made available in six languages: Armenian (Eastern & Western), English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
As Yervant Zorian
, AVC director told a news conference today, the AVP aims to provide Armenians throughout the world the opportunity to receive a full-fledged Armenian education, regardless of their age, country of residence, or knowledge level. With the latest advances in the world of virtual education, it will create a virtual learning community that can foster both the cultural education and social connections, otherwise out of the reach of most students across the Diaspora and the homeland.
Through the use of multimedia technology, the virtual college will enable students to learn new material at their own pace, but also to confer with tutors and classmates face-to-face during office hours. In addition to weekly lectures, students will have access to multimedia study tools, games, assignments, course calendars, syllabi, quizzes, drop boxes, and gradebooks. Moreover, discussion forums and live chat options will provide students with the opportunity to better connect with their classmates. The multimedia courses are authored by renowned topic experts from Armenia, reinforced by international pedagogic experts in online learning. The learners are supported by virtual teachers, who provide distance guidance, drive discussion forums, respond to student inquiries, and grade assignments, projects, midterms and finals.
AVC learners can choose to earn credits for each course that they complete, ultimately leading to a diploma from the AGBU Armenian Virtual College by completing 12 courses, or a minor in a subject domain by completing 4 courses from a single department. Moreover, students may transfer credits from AVC courses to various universities, high schools and learning institutes across the world. Currently, the AVC is actively pursuing accreditation with recognized educational institutions in Armenia, North America and Europe. Such accreditation may help students transfer credits from AVC to their corresponding university programs or obtain credit as Advanced Placements courses in their corresponding high schools programs.