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Who is in the lead role: digitalization in the Russian supplementary education system

Experts from the Presidential Academy studied the impact of digital technologies on the sector of additional professional education in the regions of our country.

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As part of their scientific work, Elena Semionova, a leading researcher at the Center for Economics of Continuing Education of the IPEI, and Galina Tokareva, a researcher at the Center, found that rapid technological development and the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the need to introduce high technologies into the work of Russian enterprises. This required additional development of workers’ knowledge and skills, and also led to the inevitable digitalization of education. In a word, new realities have expanded access to education.

Research by the Presidential Academy showed that digital technologies open up new prospects for additional professional education in Russia. At the same time, training is actively adapted to the needs of the digital economy.

Extensive digital transformation processes consist of the development and implementation of technology-enabled training programs. Such realities require companies to implement modern human resource management systems, strategic personnel planning, and create personalized educational ecosystems.

Experts are convinced that today it is more important than ever for companies to support the continuous growth of employee competencies. To do this, it is necessary to correlate your career with professional development opportunities.

Digital technologies contribute to achieving high results in education and the formation of personalized learning systems. The growth of online programs in further education is mainly associated with the possibility of choosing the time and place of study. The effectiveness of online learning, according to research, depends on the quality of programs and resources. At the same time, digital technologies do not replace live communication, which is important for successful mastery of the program.

The use of big data and the industrial Internet in further education allows us to adapt the additional education system to the requirements of the digital economy and develop the material and technical base.

Among the main risks of digitalization are the lack of consistency in mastering technology, a decrease in the quality of learning the material, as well as the development of screen addiction and a reduction in face-to-face communication. In addition, there is a danger of reducing the written recording of the material to a minimum. However, according to researchers, there are no plans to reduce the volume of the continuing education market, since the realities of the digital economy require new competencies.


According to estimates by experts from the Presidential Academy, from 2018 to 2022 in Russia the number of organizations training their employees in additional vocational training programs increased by 13.3%. The main driver of growth was the corporate sector. The rapid introduction of online learning has led to an increase in the number of online programs and distance learning technologies, as well as the number of students.

It is noted that in 2022, 53.8% of organizations had an electronic educational environment. Moreover, the share of such organizations varies depending on the region – from 16.7% to 77.8%.

In recent years, the share of online learning in Russia has increased, and also increased the role of the corporate sector and EdTech companies in the system of additional professional education.

Thanks to flexible conditions and short training periods, the further education system quickly adapts to market needs. Participants are actively developing professional competencies in the context of technological transformation of the economy.

In addition, distance education technologies helped avoid a decline in activity in the further education market. The forecasts of a number of researchers are given, according to which a recovery and growth in activity in this area is expected in 2022–2025.


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