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«PRINTeL» PROJECT

Vanadzor State University is involved in “PRINTEL (ERASMUS+)” project, called “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”. The project which lasts three years (from 2018 to 2020) is headed by Yerevan State University. The aim of the project is to develop innovative teaching and learning methods in higher education system, as well as the investment of innovative technologies in teaching process. The project is aimed at developing innovative teaching skills and abilities of the teaching staff of partner universities, as well as, the investment of innovative technologies in teaching process. It is also planned to establish a virtual academy of teaching and learning as a virtual platform for capacity building of the teachers and the students.

PRINTeL project consists of seven work packages, which comprises the following points:

  • study of European best practice,
    •analysis of needs in regional universities,
  • formation of training plans,
    • development of the abilities of the teaching staff,
  • e-learning and creation of teaching infrastructure,
  • creating curricula for innovative teaching and applying contemporary methods,
  • getting feedback from the students,
    • definition of functions and conceptual model design for VATL portal,
  • acquisition of new equipments,
    • publishing of teaching manuals,
    • creation of VATL portal and collaborative network,
    • quality assurance and dissemination.

The partner institutions of the project are the followings:

  • Yerevan State University,
    • National Polytechnic University of Armenia,
    • Vanadzor State University,
    • National Center for Higher Education strategic research,
    • Ilia State University, 
    • Georgian Technical University,
    • Telavi State University named after Jacob Gogebashvili,
  • Belarusian State University,
    • Brest State Technical University,
    • Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno,
  • University of Barcelona,
    • Universidade do Porto (U.PORTO),                    
    • Linkopings Universitet (LiU),                                      
    • Katholieke  Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven),                  
    • FH Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH (FHJ).                                   

The launch of the conference of the project was held from February 15 to 16, in 2018, at Yerevan State University.  

The works of the first package started on the first of March.  

KICK OFF MEETING OF PRINTEL (ERASMUS+)” PROJECT IN YEREVAN 

From February 15 to 16, it was kicked off the meeting of “PRINTEL (ERASMUS+) project, called “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”, at Yerevan State University.  

Agenda

PRINTeL project aims to solve one of the main challenges of higher education, i.e., the development and innovation of teaching and learning methods, as well as, the investment of innovative technologies in teaching process. Armen Budaghyan, Project Coordinator, Director of YSU Quality Assurance Center, presented the mission of the project, the coordination of works and the expected results. 

He emphasized that the main goal of the project is to improve student’s learning experiences in partner countries and to support the development of innovative teaching and learning, to promote the development and research of teaching technologies and innovation, as well as, share best experience.

At the conference, the representatives of all the participating universities delivered their reports on the following themes: the process of training the teaching staff, its prospects and the results, that are expected in the context of the programme.  Anush Gevorgyan, Head of Educational-Methodological Department, and Christine Ghazaryan, Head of Lifelong Learning Center, presented Vanadzor State University.

In the context of PRINTeL programme, it is also planned to establish a VATL virtual academy for teaching and learning process, as a virtual platform for the development of the lecturers’  and the students' capacities,  for the acquisition of new equipments, for publishing teaching  manuals, and for creating  collaborative network of a VATL portal.

The complete information about the ERASMUS + PRINTeL programme is posted on the project website, which is as follows: https://printel.am/.

WORKING VISIT TO THE UNIVERSITIES OF BARCELONA AND PORTO

IN THE CONTEXT OF “PRINTEL” PROJECT

Vanadzor State University is included in “PRINTeL (ERASMUS+)” project, called (Change in Classroom: Promoting Innovative Teaching and Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”).

In the context of the project, a number of trainings and cognitive visits are planned in European Partnership Universities (FH Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH (FHJ), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universidade do Porto (U. Porto), Linkopings Universitet (LiU)).

From June 9 to 17, in 2018, Universities of Barcelona and Porto hosted “PRINTel (ERASMUS+)” team on a study visit. During the conference, which lasted two day and was organized at the University of Barcelona, on June 11-12, European partners presented with modern experience of the lecturers’ training center work, their activities, structure and implementing training programmes to  the represenatatives of Eastern Partnership Universities, such as (Yerevan State University (YSU), National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA), Vanadzor State University after H. Tumanyan (VSU) (in Armenia); Ilia State University (ISU), Georgian Technical University (GTU) and Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University (TeSaU) (Georgia); Belarusian State University (BSU), Brest State Technical University (BrSTU) and Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno (YKSUG) (in Belarus). The main organizers of the event were Joan-Thomàs Pujolà and Marina Sole Catala, professors at the University of Barcelona (BU).

On June 14-15, in 2018 a workshop-training course was held at the University of Porto. The  workshop-training aims at enhancing the capacity of the administrative staff of Eastern Partnership universities’ training centers in the new style of the training centers, development and realization of innovative training programmes, as well as, developing new operational plans. The experience of the European Universities on University Partnerships within the framework of the training, formation of course and delivery of training, exchange of experience of annual events, the use of electronic resources, platforms and tools, has been presented during the workshop. On the initiative of Pro-Rector Fernando Remião and Professor Maria Pinto, the partners of the University of Porto conducted a discussion with the so-called World Café method that enabled the participants’ maximal engagement in it, and during which, the issues of strategic planning, management and quality assurance of the trainers' training centers were discussed. The results of the discussions were also presented according to the countries, such as (Armenia, Georgia, Belarus).

Over 35 representatives of Higher Education Institutions attended at Eastern Partnership Universities’ working visits. Anush Gevorgyan, Head of the Educational-Methodological Department and Kristine Ghazaryan, Head of Lifelong Learning Center of Vanadzor State University were also included in that group.

On the 16th of June, in 2018, the first session of the Project Coordinating Committee took place at the University of Porto, in which European and Eastern institutional coordinators of partner universities participated. During the session of coordinating committee, the leaders of working groups delivered their reports on the progress of ongoing activities, and the activities and corresponding timetables set by the end of 2018 were approved by the committee.

From November to December, in 2018, it is planned to carry out intensive training courses for the professors of Vanadzor State University, which will last five days, in European Partnership Universities, which are as follows: (Catholic University of Leuven, Universities of Barcelona, Porto and Linköping and Graz University of Applied Sciences).  The recruitment announcement is posted on the website of VSU, which is as follows: ( http://www.vsu.am/azd-am/596-erasmus-printel ).

ANNOUNCEMENT

Vanadzor State University participates in ERASMUS+ PRINTeL Project, called “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”. From November to December, in the context of the project, it is planned to carry out intensive training courses for the professors of Vanadzor State University, which will last five days, in European Partnership Universities, which are as follows: (Catholic University of Leuven, Universities of Barcelona, Porto and Linköping and Graz University of Applied Sciences).

 The aim of the programme is to prepare trainees, who will be able to apply the innovative and technologically advanced methods of teaching and learning. Later, the trainees will share their experience with the lecturers of Vanadzor State University. It is intended to prepare six trainees. 

The choice of the candidates will be carried out on a competitive basis, by the relevant committee. All training and travel costs will be covered by PRINTeL project.

The requirements for the candidates and the criteria for the competition are as follows:    

  1. a main worker of VSU,
  2. the age of an employee is up to 50,
  3. a good knowledge in English (at least C1 level),
  4. information and communication technology skills,
  5. an obligation to train at least fifteen colleagues within three months, after the training courses, about what, a corresponding agreement will be signed with the candidate,
  6. the advantage will be given to the candidates, who would like to teach at the training programmes of the lecturers, organized by Lifelong learning center of Vanadzor State University, and the candidate will take the responsibility of continuing their work at least two years.  

The applications can be submitted to Educational-Methodological department of VSU, in electronic form or on paper (administrative building, 2nd floor, first room or with the following e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), from July 6 to August 31, in 2018.

The competition will take place from September 3 to 5, and the results will be announced on the 7th of September.

The organization of the trainings of the lecturers

of the University at European Universities

Vanadzor State University participates in ERASMUS+ PRINTEL project, called “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”. From November to December, in the context of the project, it is planned to carry out intensive training courses for the professors of Vanadzor State University, which will last five days, in European Partnership Universities, which are as follows: (Catholic University of Leuven, Universities of Barcelona, Porto and Linköping and Graz University of Applied Sciences).

Six professors, who are chosen, as a result of the competition, will participate in the training courses.

N

Name, Surname

Hosting University

The Orientation of the courses

1.                    

Arina Danielyan

FH Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH (FHJ)

 

Hybrid/Blended Teaching & Learning

2.                    

Vanane Mirzoyan

3.                    

Anna Arakelyan

Linkopings Universitet (LiU)

Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom

4.                    

Mariya Brutyan

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Active learning &ICT-enhanced teaching:m learning&gamification

5.                    

Anna Khachatryan

Universidade  do Porto (U.PORTO)

 

Video as a Learning tool for teachers &students: Video Lecturing &promoting Interaction in the Classroom

6.                    

Kristine Ghazaryan

Katholieke  Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)

Active Learning, with special focus on Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning

The organizational work of the trainings has been preceded by the analysis of the professional (pedagogical) training of the lecturers and the students' learning needs, on which it is made a report (https://www.printel.am/page/pd-for-wp-1). European Partnership Universities conduct the organization of the courses according to identified needs and the results of the analysis. The professors will utilize the experience, which they have gained during the training courses, in the University, by organizing internal trainings on innovative and technologically advanced modern methods of teaching and learning. They have signed agreements with the lecturers, who participate in the project, according to programme requirements, so as to organize the training process. As a result, it is planned to organize interuniversity trainings by the lecturers, who have been trained, from January to March, in 2019, which will last five days. At least, sixty professors of the University will be involved in them.

The training of the professors of VSU at FH JOANNEUM GESELLSCHAFT MBH (FHJ)

Vanane Mirzoyan, Associate Professor of the Chair of Psychology and Sociology at Vanadzor State University, Candidate of Psychological Sciences and Arina Danielyan, Assistant of the Chair of Foreign Languages, partook in ERASMUS+ PRINTEL project, called  “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”. It was held on November 5-9, in 2018, at FH JOANNEUM GESELLSCHAFT MBH (FHJ), during which the lecturers participated in qualification upgrading courses for the academic staff.   

The purpose of the visit was to acquire knowledge and skills that met modern requirements, during the training courses, conducted for lecturers that lasted five days and were organized by FH JOANNEUM GESELLSCHAFT MBH (FHJ), based on the topic entitled “Hybrid/Blended Teaching and Learning”. Later the professors would apply it in education process of Vanadzor State University. There were presented the types of hybrid (blended) teaching, their opportunities and difficulties, advantages and disadvantages, as well as, the online tool for hybrid teaching, such as MOOC, Trello and e-Portfolio. 

The concept, approaches and required infrastructures of “Hybrid/Blended Teaching and Learning” were presented to the participants of the course. As a result, the lecturers had the following opportunities:

  • to discuss the role of the teacher in online settings and to evaluate feedback,
  • to master online collaboration tools, which aim at supporting the courses, provided by the project,
  • to create multimedia works, such as presentations, videos or eBooks, as didactic approaches in teaching process.

At the end of the courses, the partakers were awarded with certificates.

According to the agreement signed with the University, V. Mirzoyan and A. Danielyan have planned to conduct training courses for the professors on the above-mentioned innovative and technologically advanced teaching and learning method, at VSU, in Fabruary/March 2019, with the support of Continuing Education Center.

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