Learning Management Systems as Methodological Instrument for Added Effectiveness of Teaching Arabic in Higher School: the Case of Basic course of Arabic Language
The article offers a comparative analysis of teaching and learning of Basic course in Arabic language within "Oriental and African studies” Academic Bachelor Programme in the National Research University "Higher School of Economics" with the use of learning information environment (Learning Management System, LMS) as a remote support of discipline and without its use.
LMS is a dynamic learning management system used in the Blended Learning Programmes (combining face-to-face training with remote support of the disciplines). Accumulated results of the use of LMS for the period of two years in teaching of the course allowed the author to make an informed conclusion that a blended form of teaching Arabic language at the University is more effective compared to the traditional form, which is confirmed by the analysis of the course general and aspectisized results with statistical data, as cited in the article. The author describes the benefits of using an LMS from the point of view of the possibilities for differentiated flexible assessment system, as well as increase in self-discipline and development of self-management skills of students, efficiency and effectiveness of feedback in the course of "teacher-student" interactions when performing tasks for self-training, development, motivation of students studying in the discipline, enhanced coordination of the development of educational material and the objectivity of the assessment results in the simultaneous teaching of the discipline in several groups with different teachers, personalization of learning, etc. The article also highlights the constraints of organizational and methodological nature that accompany the introduction of LMS into the learning process, and identifies issues that require discussion in the scientific community and their subsequent solutions.