Polotsk State University has hosted a regular working meeting of the participants of the project "University Teaching and Learning Enhancement" (UniTeLе)
During the two-day meeting representatives of 6 Belarusian partner universities has discussed the prospects of developing a teacher training program, which will include the following modules: "Quality as a culture", "Innovative teaching methods", " Team building and the "Learn from an equal "strategy", "Leadership and Social Responsibility", "Psychology of interactive learning", "Curriculum development and course design".
Representatives of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno took part in a working meeting on the international technical assistance project "University Teaching and Learning Enhancement" (UniTeLe)
The working meeting in Minsk (Belarus) brought together representatives of 6 Belarusian universities, participants of the Erasmus + "University Teaching and Learning Enhancement " (UniTeLe) project, and the Project Coordinator from the Linnaeus University (Sweden). Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno was represented by Alesya Belko, the Local Project Coordinator, Head of International Projects Department and Oleg Kolyago, the Project Expert, Head of the Laboratory of Educational Innovation. The participants of the meeting presented the modules of a new educational programme for advanced training of the teaching staff, which is being developed on the basis of the best practices of European universities.
Representatives of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno took part in the national online workshop "Improving the quality and practice-orientation of higher education: from the experience of implementing Erasmus + projects"
The workshop participants discussed the implementation of international projects in higher education institutions of our country and the peculiarities of the information and communication technologies implementation.
Among the participants of the seminar - Deputy Head of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus - Head of the Higher Education Department of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus Elena Lipa, Coordinator of the Erasmus + Programme in the Republic of Belarus Oksana Minich, Project Coordinator of the European Union Delegation in Belarus Tatyana Pronko.
Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno was represented at the national online workshop by Anatoly Bogdevich, Head of the Educational Department at EMM, and Daria Shpak, Head of Academic Affairs Department on Educational Quality Management. They shared their experience of using information and communication technologies at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno and discussed how international technical assistance projects at our university contribute to the introduction of modern teaching technologies in the educational process.
Besides the point, for now, two projects of international technical assistance are being implemented on the basis of Academic Affairs Department of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno.
That is the project "Promoting Innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries" (PRINTeL), designed to promote the development of special competencies of students and employees of higher education institutions in the field of international cooperation relating to education and science, the use of modern methods of development and management of international projects, effective participation in international educational programmes.
And also the project "University Teaching and Learning Enhancement" (UniTeLE), aimed at increasing the level of students' performance during education and future work life by improving the internal quality assurance of teaching.
The development of the structure and content of the advanced training program for teachers of Belarusian higher education institutions is continuing within the project ‘University Teaching and Learning Enhancement’
In January-February 2021 a series of online meetings of the module developers of the advanced training program was held.
It is planned that the professional development program will include 6 modules:
1. Psychology of interactive learning (leader - BrSTU)
2. Culture of quality (leader - BSU)
3. Innovative teaching methods (leader - GrSU)
4. Development of training programs to increase employment opportunities (leader - GSTU)
5. Team building and mutual learning (leader - PSU)
6. Leadership and social responsibility (leader - BSAA)
The implementation of the program is scheduled for the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. Upon successful completion of training, students will acquire the skills of effective organization of teaching, as well as assessment of students' knowledge; will be able to participate in the internal quality assurance of education, apply innovative teaching methods and develop new curricula in their subjects in accordance with the requirements of the labor market.
Seminar and Conference in Genoa, Italy
9-13 December 2019, at the University of Genoa (Italy), within the framework of the UniTeLE project, a training seminar and training on active teaching methods for representatives of six Belarusian universities, members of the project consortium, as well as an international conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Bologna Declaration were held.
2 representatives of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno: Oleg Kolyago the Head of the Educational Innovation Laboratory and Alexei Abelevskij the senior lecturer of the Physical Education and Sports Chair took part in this project activity.
Andrea Frucco and project coordinators, professor, Dr. Guido F. Amoretti, professor Diana Spulber opened the international event. The project coordinators spoke in detail about the directions of the university’s work, noted that high-quality higher education brings about 30 million Euro to the university. The quality of modern education was discussed at the seminar: from the historical and social approach to the quality of education, to ensuring quality through accreditation of courses and the development of university policy, academic development of teachers. Representatives of six Belarusian universities: GSTU, BSU, BrSTU, BSAA, PSU, YKSUG, as well as universities in Italy, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, actively participated in the discussion of the use of active teaching methods in the educational activities of universities.
The seminar participants discussed the active methods used at the universities of Genoa learning. The pedagogical techniques studied in theory and practice of active learning methods, motivating students to independent, proactive and creative development of educational material generate the interest of participants. Among them were methods such as: case study, problem based learning, simulation / role playing, project based learning. The use of the possibilities of using tools for creating presentations, organizing meetings, events and making the Mentimeter interactive was also considered. The main trend is the formation of programs taking into account the capabilities of the student and the requirements of the future profession. The introduction of new active pedagogical technologies, the dissemination of successful competent and scientific experience of European countries will improve the system of increasing the pedagogical skills of teachers in Belarus.
Kick-off meeting of the new project “University Teaching and Learning Enhancement” (UniTeLE)
The representatives of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno took part in the first meeting in the framework of the project “University Teaching and Learning Enhancement” at Linneus Unoversity of Växjö. The Head of the International Projects Department of Education Internationalization Center, Viktoriya Kerget and the Head of the Educational Department of the Eeducational-methodical Department Anatol Bahdevich presented to the project partners Yanka Kupala State University results in the field of international project activities, the implementation of innovative educational technologies and a quality management system.
Within the framework of the first meeting participants developed a plan and stages for the implementation of the project and the distribution of responsibilities was also agreed. Implementation of the project results will allow Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno to move on the way of innovative development, improving the organization of the educational process at the university in accordance with European standards for ensuring the quality of education.
As a result of the implementation of the UniTeLE project, it is planned to create a Center for Academic Development and Pedagogical Training at the University, to develop
and introduce innovative educational methods. An important aspect of the project is the development of pedagogical interaction and pedagogical networks for employees
of universities in Sweden, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Belarus.