Russian Student Completes SPP Course From Overseas

Posted: August 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Moscato

Moscow State University student Dmitry Skripichnikov recently received a certificate of completion from Kingsley Haynes, dean of the School of Public Policy, for a course offered completely online.

The course, PUBP 726: Fundamentals of International Electronic Commerce, was taught by Steve Ruth, professor of public policy and technology management and director of the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology (ICASIT). Ruth communicated with Skripichnikov by sending him individual homework assignments via e-mail. He also posted questions and class notes online. In return, Skripichnikov e-mailed his coursework directly to Ruth. According to Ruth, Skripichnikov was an exceptional student who consistently turned in first-rate work.

PUBP 726 was offered as a fully online course as an ICASIT experiment in distance learning. As part of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ICASIT is conducting these experiments to prove the validity of the GMU Model, which was created to determine the cost of distance learning programs. Ruth feels that distance learning is more expensive than traditional methods, but anticipates an eventual decrease in cost.

Skripichnikov has received his bachelor’s degree and is currently studying economics and social politics at Moscow State. In addition, he has participated in many high-profile projects in Russia, including the development of insolvency law, which was adopted by the State Duma and is awaiting approval by the president. He also participated in the program “Electronic Russia.” He intends to earn both a J.D. and an M.B.A. in the future.

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