University Center For Sale Of E-learning Courses
The role the modern information technology plays in university education has constantly been gaining in significance as it is not only the e-learning courses designed for distance learning, which may be combined with regular classes or utilized independently of these, that are currently being offered, but also those falling into the categories of blended e-learning and rapid e-learning. The development of e-learning courses at Masaryk University has reached the point where they are becoming a commodity. That is also why the institution's authorities have decided to sell them as well as other services over the Internet. What makes this activity unique, besides many other things, is the fact that the Center for Sale of E-learning Courses has been integrated in the Information System of Masaryk University (IS MU). Linking the Center directly to the System, which currently hosts numerous e-learning applications, allows the institution to offer the products that are capable of meeting specific needs of the university - a service not usually offered by one-off eshops. Based on a shopping basket, payment-related mechanisms (linked directly to the University's economic system) and warehouse management, this system of offer and sale is expected to sell products and services on the basis of, for instance, some pre-requisites or criteria that are to be met by their users such as completion of some other preceding courses, the pre-requisite of being a member of a specific staff group, etc. Another advantage of the aforementioned integration is the transparency of the financial transactions that are to be carried out and seamless transitions from one phase to another (e.g. from the client's payment to their instant access to the e-learning services). The paper aims to acquaint the audience with the role of the Center and its relation to the e-learning courses administered under IS MU.