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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.

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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.

A training at Linköping University (Li.U) of Sweden

Anna Arakelyan, Ph D of Pedagogics, Associate Professor of the Chair of Foreign Languages, has participated in the Trainings of Trainers (TOT) course, organized by ERASMUS+ PRINTEL project , held on December 3-7, 2018, at Linköping University (Li.U).

The purpose of the visit was to acquire knowledge and skills that meet modern requirements. The five-day TOT course  was dedicated to the method of active learning in the flipped classroom. The course was delivered by Didacticum, the teaching staff development center at Linköping University.

The concepts, approaches and strategies of implementing flipped classroom were introduced to the participants of the course.  Flipped classroom is an innovative approach where activities that have traditionally taken place inside the classroom now take place outside the classroom and vice versa. Instead of giving traditional lectures, the teacher prepares video lectures or other kinds of multimedia resources that the students will use to prepare for classroom activities. The scheduled time inside class will instead be used for questions & answers or group-based problem-solving sessions. The idea is that this approach will make the students more active and increase the quality of learning.

During the trainings the participants were able to use the model of flipped classroom in practice, discuss the priorities of TET-SAT, an online self-assessment tool that aims to trigger teachers’ self-reflection and promotes professional development of digital pedagogical competence.

On completion of the course, the participant were able to:

  • Discuss how active learning and the use of digital tools can support students’ learning
  • Use digital tools to support active learning during a teaching and learning activity and to prepare course material
  • Design teaching and learning activities that takes advantage of digital tools.

 The course participants were awarded certificates upon the completion of the TOT course.

According to the agreement signed with Vanadzor State University, with the support of Center of Continuing Education A.Arakelyan has planned to undertake a five –day  training course  for VSU professors in accordance with the programme at VSU,  February/March 2019.

A training at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium

On November 12-16, 2018, Kristine Ghazaryan, Professor of the Chair of Philosophy and Political Science, Candidate of Law and Associate Professor, has participated in the training, based on the topic “Active Learning, with special focus on Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning”, which was qualification upgrading course, organized for  the lecturers of partner countries, at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in the context of ERASMUS+ PrinTel  Project, called  “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”.

The purpose of the course was the development of teaching and learning methods and their innovation in higher education, the replacement of traditional methods in teaching process, the implementation of active learning, equipped with the latest, active, information technologies and with the investment of different infrastructures. The course aims at developing the innovative abilities and skills of teaching the academic staff of partner countries, creating e-learning and teaching environment, creating and reformulating the innovative curriculum, using the latest techniques and tools, and developing the online environment.

  The five-day TOT course was based on the application of the following models:

  • ADDIE (Analyse, Design,  Develop, Implement, Evaluate),
  • TPACK (Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge).

The professors, who partook in the course, had the opportunity to get acquainted with a number of types of active learning, which were as follows:

  • Mind mapping,
  • Collaborative Virtual Classrooms,
  • Scavenger Hunts,
  • Role Playing,
  • Online Discussion Boards,
  • The ‘Flipped Classroom’,
  • Game-based Learning.

At the end of the training course, the lecturers, who participated, presented their works with the aid of the mentioned models and a number of tools (Mentimeter, Online Presentation Tools), which made the learning process easier and activated the students’ learning.

 The course participants were awarded certificates upon the completion of the TOT course.

According to the agreement signed with Vanadzor State University, with the support of Center of Continuing Education, Kristine Ghazaryan has planned to undertake a training course for the academic staff of VSU, which will last ten hours, in accordance with the programme at VSU,  February/March 2019.

A training at Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

On December 10-14, 2018, Maria Brutyan, Professor of the Chair of History at Vanadzor State University, Candidate of Historical Sciences and Associate Professor, has participated in the training, based on the topic “Active learning &ICT-enhanced teaching:m learning&gamification”, which was organized at Universitat de Barcelona, in the context of ERASMUS+ PrinTel  Project, called “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”.

The course aimed at improving the teaching and learning skills of the academic staff of Higher Education Institutions, which were included in ERASMUS+ PrinTel Project (Armenia, Georgia, Belarus).

The utilization of games is an educational strategy, which gives the students an opportunity to use games and video games in educational environment. Mobile learning includes the use of mobile technologies alone or with other information and communication technologies, giving the student a chance to study at any time and in any place. During the course the professors who were trained:

  • discussed how active learning could contribute to student learning,
  • explained the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile devices,
  • got acquainted with the preparation of various tasks for active learning, such as POLL, KAHOOT, QUI ZLET, SOCRATIVE, SPARK, etc.

They conducted discussions on the concept of active learning, on the use of games, as an innovative learning method, and there were applied mobile apps in the teaching process.

At the end of the course, the professors presented their works with the help of above-mentioned innovative methods of teaching and learning, in PechaKucha format.

According to the agreement signed with Vanadzor State University, with the support of Center of Continuing Education, M. Brutyan has planned to undertake a training course for VSU professors, for transferring them the gained experience and knowledge, February/March 2019.

A training at Universidade do Porto (U.PORTO)

On November 12-16, 2018, Anna Khachatryan, Professor of the Chair of Psychology and Sociology at Vanadzor State University, has participated in the training, based on the topic “Video as a Learning tool for teachers &students: Video Lecturing &promoting Interaction in the Classroom”, which was five-day qualification upgrading course, organized for  the lecturers of partner countries, at Universidade do Porto, in the context of ERASMUS+ PrinTel  Project, called  “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”.

The purpose of the visit was to create videos in teaching process, to transfer the listeners the necessary knowledge and skills about the ways and tools of their usage and spread.

Nowadays, the videos have become one of the most widespread resources of online education, and maybe later they will be utilized in traditional classrooms. The audio-visual materials can provide information in more attractive and interesting way, by creating more intensive and impressive learning experience. The use of digital tools in the classroom, such as interactive whiteboards, tablets and even mobile phones, should mostly contribute to the emergence of new learning approaches and increase cooperation and involvement with Web generation students.

The following topics were presented by the course mentors of Porto University for the fulfillment of the above-mentioned goal:

  • Video as a teaching tool.
  • The use of videos at University.
  • The video as a learning tool, the creation of necessary videos for learning with the application of Panopto.
  • Panopto as a video platform in Higher Education System.
  • Interactive classroom, the use of different tools for creating videos.

The participants of the course had an opportunity to visit specialized and "One-button" media labs, shooting and recording studios of Porto University, for getting acquainted with the tool for filming and editing videos.

At the end of the course the participants presented the videos that they created, strengthened the knowledge and experience that they gained, revealed the strong and weak points of the course and discussed the opportunities and limitations of the presented tools.

According to the agreement signed with Vanadzor State University, with the support of Center of Continuing Education, A. Khachatryan has planned to undertake a training course for VSU professors, based on the topic “Video as a Learning tool for teachers & students: Video Lecturing & promoting Interaction in the Classroom”, which will last ten hours, February/March 2019.

The trained professionals will utilize their gained experience at VSU

On November 12-16, 2018, in the context of ERASMUS+ PrinTel  Project, called  “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”, a number of professors of VSU have been trained at the following Universities: Linkopings Universitet (Sweden), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Universidade  do Porto (Portugal) and Universitat de Barcelona.

The professors, who have been awarded with certificates, will share their experience with their colleagues by training them at University, so as to provide an education relevant to the contemporary and effective teaching methods.

During the meeting with Administrative Staff of the University, the trained professionals of VSU presented their experience gained abroad, and the opportunities and problems of applying it at our University. They discuss the current challenges and outline their solutions in collaboration with the Educational-Methodological Department.

In February 2019, the professors will conduct a training course, which will last a week.

Anush Gevorgyan, Head of the Educational-Methodological Department, believes that it will become a reliable basis for organizing distance learning in future.

Announcement

The Center for Continuing Education (Lifelong Learning Center) organizes training courses for professors that will last a week. The aim of the training courses is to teach the innovative and technologically advanced methods of teaching and learning.  

The courses will be conducted by six professors of the University that have been trained at European Partnership Universities in the context of ERASMUS+ PRINTeL Project, called “Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”. 

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Name, Surname

The orientation of courses 

The deadline of the organization of courses

The hour

1.                    

Arina Danielyan

Hybrid/Blended Teaching & Learning

18-22.02.2019

15:00-17:00

2.                    

Anna Arakelyan  

Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom

18-22.02.2019

15:00-17:00

3.                    

Vanane Mirzoyan  

Hybrid/Blended Teaching & Learning

25.02-01.03.2019

15:00-17:00

4.                    

Mariya Brutyan

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

01-07.03.2019

15:00-17:00

5.                    

Kristine Ghazaryan

Active Learning, with special focus on Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning

11-15.03.2019

15:00-17:00

6.                    

Anna Khachatryan

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

18-22.03.2019

15:00-17:00

 

At the end of the course, the professor that will participate in it will be awarded with certificate.

The participants of the course must have:

  • at least A1 level of English,
  • a skill of mastering the MS Mindows software package, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point,
  • a skill of acquiring, evaluating, storing, applying, presenting and transmitting information mainly in a foreign language when using the computers,
  • an ability to search, compare and share information on the Internet.

Applications for participation can be submitted in paper form or can be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (A. Gevorgyan, Educational-Methodological Department of VSU, Administrative Building, 2nd floor, first room.) The deadline for submission of applications is February 12, in 2019.

TT Course “Active Learning in the Flipped Classroom”

During one-week training (18-22 February, 2019)…participants from different faculties of Vanadzor State University have been trained. The participants were introduced with the methodology of Active Learning, its concepts and basic ideas, as well as its role in promoting and motivating students’ involvement and active participation in the whole process of education. As a practical part the participants were asked to fill in active learning worksheets and to show the results of combining active learning strategies with digital technology in the active learning grid.

 The trainees were also introduced with the model of the Flipped Classroom and basic principles of implementing the model into the reality. As a practical assignment the participants were asked to record some part of their lectures and put them into the lesson presentations.

Special attention was paid to the study and strategies of ABC design and principles of designing or redesigning their courses via the suggested model.

This 5-day training passed in the atmosphere of great enthusiasm, sound collaboration and cooperation. The participants welcomed the idea of organizing meetings and sharing experience after implementing the taught models of teaching.

 

TT Course "Hybrid/Blended teaching"

Within the framework of Erasmus+ PRINTeL project a five-day teacher training course on Hybrid/Blended teaching conducted by Arina Danielyan (participant of ERASMUS+ PRINTeL Project, Assistant  Prof. at the Chair of Foreign Languages of VSU), took  place on 18-22 February 2019 at Vanadzor State University. The central objective of the course consists in familiarizing the participating lecturers with the method of Hybrid/Blended teaching & learning – an innovative approach regarding how traditional classroom/independent studying methods and e-learning can be interconnected in the teaching process. 

The content-related issues to be discussed on the agenda of the training chiefly related to the introduction of the course and the role of the teacher in online courses, online learning environment and portfolios, multimedia production, operating with online project management tools and assisted group work. Lecturers were provided with an innovative and flexible tool to help them meet the individual needs of their students. They gained computer-based educational tools that provide a variety of lessons and assessments not normally found in a traditional classroom environment. This provides instructional alternatives that greatly increase the number and quality of instructional tools available to the teacher. Each lesson was a combination of theoretical and practical components.

The training was summarized by presenting the self-study projects, as well as discussing individual experiences. All the participants of the course received certificates of successful participation at the end of the training.

 

TT COURSE “Active Learning and ICT-enhanced teaching: M-learning and gamification”

From March 1 to 7, 2019, the participant of "Erasmus+PRINTeL" project Associate Prof. Mariya Brutyan held a training course at Vanadzor State University on the following topic: ,,Active Learning and ICT-enhanced teaching: M-learning and gamification”. During the five-day training, 19 university professors were introduced to innovative teaching methods, the use of mobile devices during the learning process, and the gamification of teaching.

During this training, the lecturers discussed the importance of active learning, mobile learning and gamification in education, highlighted the positive and negative aspects.

During the training, the lecturers were introduced a number of innovative tools such as Canva, Polleverywhere, Adobe Spark video, Kahoot, Socrative. Besides getting acquainted with the possibilities of these tools, professors surveyed Poll, Kahoot Sli-do, Mentimeter, prepared their business cards with Canva and performed group work, making small clips in Adobe Spark video. During the training, the trainees were encouraged with orders, while getting acquainted with Badge design. The training participants also got acquainted with QR code making techniques.

The participants were able to discuss the differences between Games and Serious games and used the "Escape room" as a version of gamification. The lecturers got acquainted with the steps that helped them to form their own gamification strategy. At the end of the course, each of them delivered a presentation about their gamification teaching strategy.

The active process of instruction, the active involvement of lecturers and feedback suggest that these innovative methods will be applied in their future activities.

 

TT Course Hybrid/Blended Teaching

A Teachers Training (TT) course entitled “Hybrid/Blended Teaching” conducted by Vanane Mirzoyan (participant of ERASMUS+ PRINTeL Project, Associate Prof. at the Chair of Psychology and Sociology of VSU) took place in Vanadzor State University from February 25 to March 1, 2019. 

The following aspects were introduced during the course:

  • the role of blended learning in teaching and learning process,
  • online collaborative tools,
  • e-Moderating and the reflective practitioner, Gilly Salmon's model,
  • Moodle,
  • e-Portfolio in teaching and learning, examples of e- Portfolio
  • MOOC and its types,
  • creating of Trello,
  • creation of videos, examples of videos 

12 lectures from different departments participated in the course. They worked in pairs or small groups depending on the material.

Throughout the course, all the participants showed great enthusiasm and inspiration. 

Trello platform and video creation caused particular interest among the professors. Each of them created a video related to his/her teaching field to use them during the lectures and practical works. The professors assured that they would continuously use these methods in the future. 

TT course was very useful and efficient. During the 5-day-training the professors not only enriched their theoretical knowledge, but also gained many practical skills. By the end of the TT course, the trainees expressed a desire to organize such trainings more frequently.

The regular course conducted for the training of the professors

From March 18 to 22, within the framework of  ERASMUS + PRINTeL Project (“Change in Classroom: Promoting innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries”), a teacher training course was held for VSU lecturers on “Video as a Learning Tool for Teachers &Students: Video Lecturing &Promoting Interaction in the Classroom”. The training was conducted by Anna Khachatryan, lecturer of the Chair of Psychology and Sociology.

The purpose of the training was to convey the skills and knowledge needed to create, use and disseminate video materials in the teaching process. During the five-day training, the participants got acquainted with the resources of the creation and distribution of videos such as the leading "Panopto" platform, "Explain Everything", "IMovie" or "MiniMovie" apps, "Movavi" program. They discussed the principles of video effectiveness, the benefits of class visualization, the basic steps to creating a video, joint visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learning possibilities.

At the end of the training, the participants presented their videos, each of which had a functional significance: a homework assignment, reminder of key moments of the lecture, or a summary.

A five-day training course

From March 11 to 15, in 2019, a five-day training course was organized on “Active Learning, with special focus on Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning” at Vanadzor State University, which was conducted by Kristine Ghazaryan, Assistant of the Chair of Philosophy and Politology at VSU, Candidate of Legal Sciences and Associate Professor.

The training course was carried out on Google Drive platform, which provided the document circulation and the accessibility of the materials presented among the participants. The trainees accepted the usage of e-Portfolios with great enthusiasm. These e-Portfolios enable the trainer to create a personal page, to prepare descriptors of students’ performance, as well as to create different systems that will support the trainers to conduct their courses and to assess the participants’ performance, such as Animaker, Canva, Prezi, Mindmup, Polleverywhere, Plickers, Mentimeter, etc. Several well-known methods were utilized in parallel with the improvement of the practical skills on online platform, such as Six Hats, One-Minute Questioning, TPACK, ADDIE, BLOOM Taxonomy, SMART, ABCD, etc.

The participants emphasized the need to conduct such trainings, as well as the effectiveness of organizing courses, especially with the help of the latest technologies.

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