THE ICT POTENTIAL FOR TEACHING SOCIOLOGICAL COURSES
The present state of information and communication technologies in teaching sociological disciplines defined promising directions of improving interaction between teacher and student through wider implementation of ICTs in the educational process. The authors elaborate on advantages and disadvantages of using ICT in teaching sociological disciplines. The paper discusses results of a sociological survey, held in Dniprovsk State Technical University with the aim to analyze the scope of ICT use in teaching. ICTs are efficiently applied in various classrooms with different content, in case professors evaluate the quality of mastering learning materials and students’ independent work. Modern lecturers of sociology widely use individual digital materials to support classes (presentations, display materials) and students' independent work (digital textbooks, assignments, tests); recommend as basic and additional sources of information various e-manuals and related sites; some digital media training applications from available collections, university repository, electronic curricula and resources from research databases. The use of the aforementioned ICTs in teaching sociology enhances cognitive activity of students, develops research skills, creative potential, promotes more efficient formation of general and specific competencies. The use of ICTs in the teaching social sciences is the evidence of competences of modern teachers.
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