E-LEARNING SYSTEMS USED AT UNIVERSITIES

J. Fabus, Z. Kolarovszka, J. Fabus

Zilinska Univerzita (SLOVAKIA)
This paper deals with the education at universities using information and telecommunication technologies, explains the basic concepts of e-learning and the division of e-learning systems in terms of usage rate and also whether it is an open source or commercial e-learning system. It further describes the existing national and international rankings used in the quality evaluation of universities in the world. It captures the situation of use of e-learning systems in selected countries based on secondary research prepared by the leading companies in this area. It analyzes which e-learning systems are the most used at these universities, according to the quality evaluation system at universities - Academic Ranking of World Universities. E-learning systems are also analyzed depending on whether it is an open source or commercial e-learning system with aim to find the largest provider of these systems at universities. The last part of the contribution deals with the availability of courses in e-learning systems of universities.
The aim of this work is to analyze the use of e-learning systems at the top-rated universities and evaluate the trend in this area and to find mutual connection between the way of communication among teachers and students and quality of education. This work will help universities in selecting e-learning system, because it analyzes e-learning systems at the best universities, which have a high quality of education and years of experience in education.
The analysis shows that the use of e-learning systems is already a common part of the education and the top rated universities prefer commercial e-learning systems and are willing to pay fees for licenses. But the trend is changing and we can assume that there will continue the growth of Open Source software against commercial e-learning systems.
E-learning systems are an enhanced way of materials provision, testing of students and other activities during the education. In some cases also the graduates of the university shall entry into the e-learning system to acquire further education after graduation. A limited approach is also provided to those outside the university or college.