yA Short History of Payam-e Noor University Payam-e Noor University is a long-distance mega university and open college, whose name means “The message of Light” in Persian. It was established by decisions based on the meetings (No. 94 & 97) dated 27/8/65 and 25/9/65 by SCCR (Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution of Iran) and actually accepted the first group of students in Mehr 1367 (September 1987).
After the founding of the university, it began its educational activities by accepting the first group of students in five branches and in the remaining 28 centers of the University of Abu Rayhan and Iran Free University. The development of new branches and departments came from the people and local aids and provided by the board founder. One of the pillars of the scientific development of the country is expanding education, which result social development along with the blossoming of talents, and prepare human creativities.
Conventional and current training alone is not sufficient to establish this important point. So new methods of education and training programs, such as training contents, open, remote or virtual education, to achieve development objectives, is necessary. Training contents educational is a system, which, with the use of educational technology, textbooks tutorial and student-centered learning, reduces student necessity to attend classes and courses. In fact, in this type of training, taught classes can be effectively replaced with revisal over the course and troubleshoot classes.
Advantages of this system consists of student-centered teaching, possibility of independent study, comprehensive coverage, offering courses in less time in terms of student attendance and, consequently, reduced costs and less dependence on the educational requirements than traditional methods, and yet , effectiveness of Training. The most important purpose and meaning of open training is reducing barriers related to limitations of time and space in conventional educational system, which has some special rules.
So that, provide an appropriate field of higher education to people who have lesser potency to attending and benefiting traditional training, because of distance or lack of access to educational centers and time constraints and job or climate obstacles. Training contents include the organization of the teaching-learning process, so that each training center is powerful in the selection and application guidelines for the use of one or more types of educational materials, media and other mass media.
In this type of training, using information and communication technology (ICT) will facilitate learning process with learners’ participation. Payam-e Noor Mega University with over 800. 000 students enrolled at many programs offered by local study centers and units based in different cities and towns is the largest governmental network of public higher education in the country. It carries and supports about 22 percents of high educational learning in Iran and ranks 6th among the world’s open universities and 2th in Asia.