The activities of the Institute of Distance Education of TSU have been developing in the sphere of additional education for children since establishment of the Institute of Distance Education, when the first projects of distance education of high school students were implemented at peripheral centers of distance education in Novokuznetsk and Prokopyevsk.
A new phase of this work relates to the development by employees of the Institute of Distance Education and implementation of concepts of open (distance) profile school based on application of distance technologies. In 2003, pre-profile and profile distance education of high school students in various academic disciplines was organized.
By 2010, profile education was implemented at 5 profile schools: a correspondence physics and mathematics school, correspondence schools “Young Chemist”, “Young Biologist”, “Young Manager” and a correspondence “School of Young Journalist”, as well as USE preparation programs and programs of preparation for Olympiads of various levels.
In 2011, TSU became one of the winners of the competition for implementation of a complex project “Development and Implementation of Models of Interaction Between Higher Vocational and General Education Establishments for Implementation of General High School Education Programs Oriented at Development of Skills of Gifted Children and Teenagers on the Base of Distance Schools Under National Research Universities” in 5 areas. As part of project implementation, 5 distance schools aiming to develop and support gifted children were established within the university structure.
In order to expand the work with high school students as part of the implementation of the Program of TSU International Competitiveness Improvement, in the beginning of 2014, TSU online lyceum was established as a platform enabling distance interaction between the university and students of secondary schools.
Since 2014, the Internet Lyceum has transferred its educational programs to Electronic University—Moodle, as this system offers wide functionality both to educators and students. Learning under educational programs implies regular communication of students and teachers through the video communication system.
As of 2014, more than 1,200 high school students from 39 regions of Russia and 3 foreign states underwent training under various programs of TSU online lyceum.
On January 28, 2016, TSU online lyceum was segregated from the Institute of Distance Education.