Danica Pirsl – University of Nis, Faculty of Sport, Nis, Serbia
Andon Kostadinovic – University of Nikola Tesla, Faculty of Law, Management and Security „Constantine the Great”, Nis, Serbia

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.2019.309

5th International Conference – ERAZ 2019 – KNOWLEDGE BASED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Budapest – Hungary, May 23, 2019, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans – Belgrade, Serbia
Conference partners: Faculty of Economics and Business, Mediterranean University, Montenegro; University of National and World Economy – Sofia, Bulgaria; Faculty of Commercial and Business Studies – Celje, Slovenia; Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance – Belgrade, Serbia;

ISBN 978-86-80194-20-2, ISSN 2683-5568, DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/ERAZ.2019


Domain-specific cognitive competencies refer to generic skills, more specific to e-learning competencies
in Physical education (PE) students over their academic lifespan. When higher education standards
benchmark students’ competence development, they relate to all educational stages. E-learning in sports
sciences in Serbia is still being developed and is attracting attention of wider educational arena. Faculty of
Physical Education and Sport in Nis wanted to contribute more to this area trying to diminish limiting influence
of technical and cultural factors. Therefore, the University of Nis and National Sports Academy established
distance learning centers for sports sciences to promote e-learning and higher-level diploma attainment. This,
in itself, poses educational and economic challenges as well. This paper presents problems, advantages and
drawbacks of this IPA Cross-Border cooperation project, how after one-year joint distance learning centers
in Serbia and Bulgaria for sports sciences were accredited, and how students benefited from it in the labor
market thus meeting economic challenges of introducing distance learning mode of instruction. However, the
objective of this paper is not only to describe learning environment and assessment of learning outcomes, but
also to emphasize e-learning specific teaching methods and perceived and realistically acquired skills and
abilities. Sports sciences courses at the Faculty of Sport in Nis aim to develop generic and sports specific
skills. The underlying theory used is Sloan-C Five Pillars managing the quality of online education, its effects,
students’ satisfaction, teaching staff commitment, price and investment returns, and access. They encompass:
1) mode of learning, 2) integration manner, 3) forms of learning content and objectives delivery, 4) variety of
sports sciences teaching methods, 5) participation of learning subjects, and 6) place of teaching method execution.
81% employers’ satisfaction survey results point to the justification of introducing the e-learning mode
in sports sciences at the Faculty of sport and physical education in Nis, Serbia.

Key words

E-learning, distance learning centers, educational challenges, generic and sports specific
skills, labor market challenges.


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