The Centre for Open and Multimedia Education is a university-wide unit at the University of Warsaw.
COME was created on 23 June 1999 on the basis of the Senate of the University of Warsaw resolution as a result of the transformation of the Open Education Studies.
The mission of COME is to expand and facilitate access to university education. In order to bridge social, geographical and time barriers in reaching the educational offer of the University of Warsaw we use new communication technologies, multimedia and information tools.
COME aims at:
- promoting and coordinating the activities of the University in the field of e-learning,
- preparing and carrying out courses via the Internet,
- organizing and developing the e-learning service maintenance,
- providing educational services for adults, regardless of their education and place of residence,
- conducting research into distance learning with ICT
- participating in the e-teacher training process to help the staff meet the requirements of the new forms of education,
- collaborating with the Open University in the area of on-line courses,
- co-operating with institutions carrying out similar activities in Poland and abroad.
COME popularizes e-learning supported by the use of the Internet. It promotes the idea of distance learning, offering academic teachers and students a special educational platform to run Internet courses. It organizes courses for academic teachers, who are trained in the methodology of distance education, using the tools applied to e-teaching. Moreover, COME provides technical support for both students and e-teachers.
Courses on various subjects that COME has included in its offer are addressed to stationary and extramural students of the University of Warsaw, students of other universities as well as those who have completed their formal education or have not started it yet but would like to broaden their knowledge and improve their qualifications at the academic level, regardless of the geographical localization or their education. E-education makes it possible to provide the knowledge and skills to people who do not have the opportunities to participate in stationary classes due to the geographical, time or social barriers (e.g. mothers with children, disabled people, people who work or study abroad or who are professionally active).
COME cooperates with units which carry out similar actions within the country or abroad. It also takes part in carrying out projects concerning distance education which are financed from the national budget and EU funds (research, courses, trainings, post-graduate studies etc.).