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The training seminar «Video as a learning tool for teachers and students» has been held at the University of Porto (Portugal)

 

During the seminar, the representatives of the leading institutions of Armenia, Georgia and Belarus were offered to discuss a wide range of issues related to using video as a learning tool in academic process of higher educational institutions:

– Video as a tool in higher education.

– Interactive technologies in the classroom: video as a tool for flipped learning.

– Using video for educational purposes as viewed from teachers’ and students’ perspectives.

– Development and editing of educational video contents within Panopto platform.

– Educational video in distance learning.

– Video as a tool for teaching special needs students.

The participants not only visited the lectures, seminars and workshops but also developed their own educational video using Panopto educational platform working either individually or in groups. The videos presented at the final day of the course were highly assessed by the course moderators Maria Pinto and Nuno Regadas and lead to a lively discussion among the participants.

After studying educational innovations at five European institutions, the participants of PRINTeL project from Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno will become moderators of skills upgrading courses “Educational innovations university: theory, methods and practice of modern education” for the university faculty. The courses will be conducted in several stages from January till May, 2019. The faculty of all University departments will have an opportunity to take part.

Two representatives of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno have taken part in the training «Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom» held in Linköping University (Sweden)

The training was organized as part of the Erasmus+ project “Change in classroom: promoting innovative teaching & learning to enhance student learning experience in Eastern partnership countries” (PRINTeL).

Darya Shpak, PhD (Physics and Mathematics), Associate Professor, Head of Academic Affairs Department on Educational Quality Management and Kanstantsin Smatrytsky, PhD (Physics and Mathematics), Associate Professor, Associate Professor at the Department for Fundamental and Applied Mathematics as well as the representatives of the leading higher educational institutions of Sweden, Armenia, Georgia and Belarus discussed a wide range of issues related to the development of active learning based courses, flipped projecting and using digital technologies in teaching.

During the seminars, discussions and workshops, the participants were offered practical tasks on the given topic in order to improve the skills of using the technology in teaching.

As a final project, the participants were supposed to develop a course curriculum based on active learning in the flipped classroom.

On completion of the training all the participants received the certificates «The PRINTeL Project Training-of-trainers course «Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom».

After studying educational innovations at five European institutions, the participants of PRINTeL project from Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno will become moderators of skills upgrading courses “Educational innovations university: theory, methods and practice of modern education” for the university faculty. The courses will be conducted in several stages from January till May, 2019. The faculty of all University departments will have an opportunity to take part.

 

Representatives of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno took part in the training organized by Catholic University of Leuven

Catholic University of Leuven is one of the oldest and well-known universities in Europe.

It was founded in 1425. Catholic University of Leuven is one of the leading research centres in Europe. According to the data of 2018, the university holds 47th position in Times Higher Education rating and 81st position in QS World University Rankings. 

The training organized by Catholic University of Leuven welcomed the participants from Armenia, Georgia and Belarus and covered a wide range of higher education issues:

  • Active learning: scope, principles and forms.
  • Active learning methods.
  • Using ICT in teaching.
  • Evaluation of active learning methods.
  • Innovative educational institutions.

The participants applied the knowledge and experience received during the trainings in the educational projects presented at the closing class.

After studying educational innovations at five European institutions, the participants of PRINTeL project from Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno will become moderators of skills upgrading courses “Educational innovations university: theory, methods and practice of modern education” for the university faculty. The courses will be conducted in several stages from January till May, 2019. The faculty of all University departments will have an opportunity to take part.

 

Representative of YKSUG took part in “Hybrid / Blended Teaching and Learning” training in FH Joanneum University of Applied Science in Graz

Iryna Korlyukova, PhD, Head of the Department for Modern Technologies of Pre-University Training has taken part in the first seminar of Erasmus+ project “Change in classroom: promoting innovative teaching & learning to enhance student learning experience in Eastern partnership countries” (PRINTeL).

The training on “Hybrid / Blended Teaching and Learning” was conducted by FH Joanneum University of Applied Science in Graz (Austria).

The training which lasted five days attracted the participants from Armenia, Georgia and Belarus and covered a wide range of topics:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of hybrid/blended teaching and learning.
  • E-moderating in hybrid/blended teaching and learning.
  • Reflection in hybrid/blended learning and teaching.
  • MOODLe-based e-learning.
  • Online-Portfolios of students.
  • Online learning material production.
  • Customised mobile programmes and instruments.
  • Online tools to support Project Based Learning.

The participants applied the knowledge and experience received during the trainings in the educational projects presented at the closing class.

After studying educational innovations at five European institutions, the participants of PRINTeL project from Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno will become moderators of skills upgrading courses “Educational innovations university: theory, methods and practice of modern education” for the university faculty. The courses will be conducted in several stages from January till May, 2019. All university faculties and departments are supposed to take part.

A new building of the Science and Technology Park of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno was opened in Grodno

 

Head of the Presidential Administration Victor Sheiman, Head of Grodno Oblast Executive Committee Vladimir Kravtsov, Rector of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno Irina Kiturko, Rector of Grodno State Medical University Victor Snezhitsky, Rector of Grodno State Agrarian University Witold Pestis, Director of the company-developer and Director of the IT-company “Neirika Technologies” Andrei Kamornik became the participants of the opening ceremony.

The new building of the Science and Technology Park housed five research and production laboratories, administrative offices of the residents of the Technopark, a conference hall, Fablab- and Coworking areas, production facilities. The total area of ​​the building is over 1 thousand m2. Technopark aims to unite the potential of scientists and the capabilities of enterprises and organizations of Grodno region, to become a territory where new highly skilled jobs and high-tech industries are created, which will increase the competitiveness of the regional economy.

“Technopark is a joint project of Grodno Oblast Executive Committee and Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, and we are implementing it step by step. Today we made another step - we opened the first building of the Technopark. This is a multifunctional center that will serve as a solution to the challenges facing the Technopark. And the main thing is innovation. From ideas, developments to implementation in production. Technopark will allow to combine three important components of the successful development of the economy of our region and country: education, science and commercialization of promising scientific developments. In addition, this startup will allow solving one of the priority state tasks - to create conditions for the development of advanced, gifted young people of our region”, – said the governor of the Grodno region, Vladimir Kravtsov.

Rector of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno Irina Kiturko noted that the Science and Technology Park is an innovative core of “University 3.0” concept”. “The opening of the Technology Park not only provides an opportunity to develop the entrepreneurial competencies of our students, but also to form the needs in the region for the advanced development of the economy, social sphere and society in general,” –  explained Irina Kiturko.

The guests of the event got acquainted with the equipment of the laboratories of the Technopark, the developments of YKSUG scientists, with the work of the Fablab zone. In addition, they talked to students, participants of the finals of the university open contest for student start-up projects “InnoStart”; the winners of this contest will have the opportunity to get free advice on starting a business with experts and specialists of the Science and Technological Park.

The continuation of the event was a round table discussion on the development of Technopark. During the dialogue, Viktor Sheiman, the Head of the Presidential Administration, noted that not only the result of a certain work but the ability to see the future for several years ahead is paramount in the conditions of dynamic development of the world economy. “First of all, we should take care of the training of qualified staff. Such technology parks should be in all regional cities of Belarus. This will allow our promising young people and searching students to implement themselves and realize innovative ideas that will help the development of our country”, – said Victor Sheiman.

As a part of the event, a joint innovation agreement was signed with another resident of the Technopark, IT-company “Neirika Technologies”, which provides communication services for effective business development based on its own cloud platform. As the director of the company Maxim Mikhailov noted, that in Belarus all conditions for running a successful business have been created. “In Grodno, in two months, we prepared documents and signed an agreement on the status of a resident. Everything was very fast and smooth. The main thing is that you have highly skilled personnel who have to implement our tasks, develop and promote our product”, – said the Director of “Neirika Technologies”. To organize its activities, the company plans to create 45 workplaces.

Today among the projects implemented by the residents of the Technopark are the IT project on the implementation of the tasks of building a digital economy and the first in Belarus production of equipment for diagnosing the state of sewage pipelines.

The opening of a new Еechnopark building is the next stage of its development. Next year it is planned to reconstruct another building with an area of ​​more than 6,000 m2, which will attract new residents and create enterprises of various sizes. Every resident will be able to choose the premises in accordance with the goals and specifics of their work.

Associate Professor Anatol Bahdzevich and Leslie Gibson, a guest teacher from the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, present an example of co-teaching methods in the English Philology Chair at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno.

 

Co-teaching is an educational approach that involves two teachers working collaboratively to plan, structure, and implement lessons. The technique of co-teaching in higher education aims to establish an interdisciplinary approach in which both teachers and students have an opportunity to formulate and solve different problems in a new interactive format. This problem-solving is based on knowledge of different specialized fields and will enrich the lessons with practice-oriented content.  A co-taught lesson aims to involve teachers and students as collaborators and the latter have the opportunity to practice and develop different professional and personal skills.

“Co-teaching broadens the scope of interaction between the lecturers and the students within a lesson, especially those who are mastering a foreign language,” commented Anatol Bahdzevich. “Within this kind of lesson the instructors demonstrate the culture of professional communication and involve students in discussions while providing them with opportunities to ask questions, present their points of view, form their own attitude towards the topic, and express their emotional engagement in the educational activities.”

Leslie Gibson considers co-teaching a way to transform traditional lessons into “exciting, productive, and interactive activities. The main goal of co-teaching is to provoke students’ cognitive processes but also to get them to practice their speaking.”  

Co-taught lessons encourage students to form not only professional linguistic skills, but provide a real possibility to master new forms of interpersonal communication. For others, it may be an opportunity to try their hand in public speeches or a chance to practice different ways of critical thinking.

Master’s students who take part in the co-taught lessons believe that they have not only gained the ability to practice communication with a native speaker, but that they also have the chance to be fully immersed in the subject with the expertise of two instructors each providing his or her own concept of the material.

22 representatives of 8 university faculties applied for participation in the trainings on innovative methods of teaching and training

22 representatives of 8 university faculties applied for participation in the trainings on innovative methods of teaching and training.

The trainings will take place in five partner institutions: Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Porto (Portugal), Linköping University (Sweden), FH Joanneum University of Applied Science in Graz (Austria).

The criteria for the participation were the age below 50, the English language proficiency corresponding to B2 level and the experience of teaching courses in English with the application of modern teaching technologies. The university officials basing on the recommendations of PRINTeL project team confirmed the participation of the following YKSUG representatives in the trainings:

 

Iryna Korlyukova, PhD (Physics and Mathematics), Associate Professor, Head of the Department for Modern Technologies of Pre-University Training

 

FH Joanneum University of Applied Science in Graz (Austria)

November 5-9, 2018

Training

Hybrid / Blended Teaching and Learning

 

Andrei Pranevich, PhD (Physics and Mathematics), Associate Professor, Associate Professor at the Department for Mathematical and Information Provision of Economic Systems

 

Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)

November 12-16, 2018

Training

Active Learning, with special focus on Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning

 

Sviatlana Hanchar, PhD (Philology), Associate Professor, Head of the Department for Foreign Languages

 

University of Porto (Portugal)

November 12-16, 2018

Training

Video as a Learning Tool for Teachers and Students: Video Lecturing and Promoting Interaction in the Classroom

 

Kanstantsin Smatrytsky, PhD (Physics and Mathematics), Associate Professor, Associate Professor at the Department for Fundamental and Applied Mathematics

 

Linköping University (Sweden)

December 3-7, 2018

Training

Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom

 

Darya Shpak, PhD (Physics and Mathematics), Associate Professor, Head of Academic Affairs Department on Educational Quality Management

 

Linköping University (Sweden)

December 3-7, 2018

Training

Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom

 

Natalia Valko, PhD (Physics and Mathematics), Associate Professor, Associate Professor at the Department for General Physics

 

University of Barcelona (Spain)

December 10-14, 2018

Training

Active Learning and ICT-enhanced Teaching: M-Learning and Gamification

After the trainings in the partner universities each participant will hold workshops at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno on the technology studied.

An Information Seminar «Rights and Obligations of Foreign Citizens in the Territory of the Republic of Belarus»

took place at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno

Representatives of the Department of Internal Affairs of the Grodno City Executive Committee, the Grodno Border Group met at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno with international students who study educational programs in English.

In the framework of the seminar, specialist of the first category of the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Department of Internal Affairs Administration of Leninsky district of Grodno Elena Zakharova presented to the participants of the meeting the peculiarities of processing and obtaining visas and possible consequences of illegal actions, as well as noted the peculiarities of registration of foreign citizens.

The security officer of the Drug Control and Anti-Trafficking Department of the Internal Affairs Administration of Leninsky district of Grodno Andrei Sobolevsky, reminded students of the dangers of drug use and the consequences for the body and how the current criminal and administrative legislation is applied to those who transgress the law. He drew attention to the rules of behavior in dangerous situations and the algorithm of actions of a person who witnessed a crime.

The senior operations officer of the Operational Activities Department of the Grodno Border Group Captain Sergey Pashnik told about the rules for crossing the state border of the Republic of Belarus for foreigners, about border zone and border regime, gave examples of violation of the law on state border by foreign citizens.

During the meeting students received answers to their questions related to their stay in Belarus.

The seminar was organized by the International Students and Academic Mobility Office of the Education Internationalization Centre together with law enforcement officials of Grodno.

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    Professor of MGIMO University Andranik Migranyan met with students of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno

    A meeting with the public figure, historian, Professor of the Department of Political Science of MGIMO University Andranik Migranyan was held on October 31 in the framework of the open dialogue at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno.

    There was a conversation with lecturers, students and media representatives about the global politics during an open dialogue with Andranik Migranyan. Guest raised questions that have been worrying the world community for many years. Andranik Migranyan emphasized: recently, the meetings of the heads of state in Minsk indicate that the Republic of Belarus is at the center of global politics, and this undoubtedly contributes to enhancing the country's image in the international arena.

    Students and lecturers actively asked Andranik Migranyan questions about the further development of international relations, about the risks of conflict escalation, about the guest’s work experience as Chief Advisor to the Committee on CIS Problems in the Russian Parliament, about the behavior strategy of neighboring states in the context of globalization. Andranik Migranyan in his turn gave detailed and reasoned answers, raising new topics for discussion.

    Andranik Mihranyan visited Grodno for the first time. And, as the guest said himself, he liked the city. It gives hope for a new visit to Belarus and Grodno Oblast.

    Thanks to the close cooperation of the university with the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the International Media Club Format A3 such meetings have become traditional. Students get a unique opportunity to meet with leading foreign media experts and ask them questions.

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      President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno on a working visit to Grodno Oblast.

      During his visit to Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, which took place on October 19, Alexander Lukashenko got acquainted with the achievements and prospects of the university and spoke with students of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Grodno State Medical University and Grodno State Agrarian University.

      The President was informed that in recent years at the university the number of teachers with academic degrees and titles has increased significantly; the university is actively engaged in extrabudgetary activities, attracting funds for its development.

      Alexander Lukashenko was told about the research and development of students, about the work of the student media center, which includes television and radio studios, the office of the periodical press and photography.

      The President was shown the development of the Tehnolab educational digital laboratory and the Practical Electronics student design bureau. The educational digital laboratory includes digital sensors and devices that are already used in physics classes in many Belarusian schools. Domestic devices are more compact and cheaper than foreign counterparts, while being comparable with them in quality. In addition, the equipment has significant export potential and is already being shipped abroad. Automated spectral equipment for scientific research was also presented.

      Alexander Lukashenko got acquainted with the project “Virtual Grodno Oblast”. It includes a website to accompany the visa-free zone. Students create not only virtual sightseeing tours, but also three-dimensional 3D models of lost architectural specimens.

      The University’s educational network, an educational portal, was also presented to the head of state. Students can get access to educational materials, find current information about the activities of the university, and even chat with teachers there.

      The University’s educational network, an educational portal, was also presented to the Head of State.

      While speaking with students of Grodno universities, the President noted: “The education system should encourage initiative, train specialists of a new formation with well-developed entrepreneurial skills. This is a requirement of the modern world. Often we suffer precisely because we are not able to profitably represent the interests and capabilities of our country abroad. ”

      He stated that the Grodno universities are the intellectual center not only of the region, but also in certain areas – of the whole country. “In this regard, it is necessary that the training conditions be as close as possible to the real conditions of future activities,” the head of state emphasized.

      In Belarus, the University 3.0 model is actively used, and Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno works on it. “The result of this program is your presentation today. Of course, in the areas that were presented, it is impressive,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

      He also noted that Belarusian universities need to work on the development of educational and laboratory facilities, the construction of new dormitories to attract foreign students and export educational services.

      The president took a photo with teachers and students afterwards.

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