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ERASMUS+ CBHE PROJECT
# 585760-EPP-1-2017-1-AM-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

“CHANGE IN CLASSROOM: PROMOTING INNOVATIVE TEACHING & LEARNING TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES”, PRINTeL

WHY PRINTeL

The project addresses a major issue of quality education, which is a common concern for the project partner countries. The ERASMUS+ PRINTeL is a three-year duration EU funded “Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education” project aimed at enhancing quality of teaching and learning at partner country (PC) universities in Armenia, Georgia and Belarus.

The main long-term goals of the project are:

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The abovementioned goals will be achieved through fulfilment of the following specific objectives:

  1. To strengthen Teaching Staff Development Centres (TSDC) in the PC universities by enhancing capacities of staff and trainers, modernizing infrastructure and introducing innovative teacher training and academic leadership programmes.
  2. To build up capacities of the partner universities’ teaching staff by developing their innovative and technology-enhanced teaching and learning (T&L) skills and abilities of competency- and research-based teaching

Expected Results

As a result of implementation of the project PRINTeL Brest state technical University will receive:

Partners

There are 15 organizations involved in the Project consortium, from which 13 from the project Partner Countries (PC), namely three universities per PC from Armenia, Georgia and Belarus, and one NGO from Armenia and 5 universities from project EU countries. All partners are represented underneath.

Partner Country institutions:
• Yerevan State University (YSU), Armenia - Coordinator of the project
• National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA), Armenia
• Vanadzor State University after H. Tumanyan (VSU), Armenia
• Ilia State University (ISU), Georgia
• Georgian Technical University (GTU), Georgia
• Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University (TeSaU), Georgia
• Belarusian State University (BSU), Belarus
• Brest State Technical University (BrSTU), Belarus
• Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno (YKSUG), Belarus

Social partner:
• National Center for Strategic Research in Higher Education (NCSRHE), Armenia

EU partner institutions:
• Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
• Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Spain
• Universidade do Porto (U.PORTO), Portugal
• Linkopings Universitet (LiU), Sweden
• FH Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH (FHJ), Austria

Publications about the project PRINTel:

  1. "Higher education – an innovative approach" Elena Sakalouskaya, the newspaper Zarya 28.09.2018.
  2. "Development of distance learning in Belarus through the introduction of innovative educational technologies (based on experience of implementation the project PRINTeL “Changes in the educational environment: promoting innovative teaching and learning to improve the educational activities of students in the Eastern Partnership countries")," Natallia Chetyrboсk, Andrei Prarouski, collection of scientific papers "Improving the investment and construction processes in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe", 2018.
  3. "Tools improve the quality of continuous professional development of University teachers", A. S Budaghyan, V.A. Khaletski, N.P. Yalovaya "Actual problems of chemical education in middle and high school," 2018.
  4. "Innovations in high school" Volga Ipatova, of the Department of Humanities of BrSTU, the newspaper Zarya 16.01.2019.
  5. "What new models of education are in demand in universities today? Virtual Brest Volga Ipatova, senior lecturer of the Department of Humanities of BrSTU 21.01.2009.
  6. https://printel.am/uploads/page/pdfs/PRINTeL%20e-Newsletter-1.pdf


The contractor and coordinator of the Project is Yerevan State University.

Official website: https://printel.am/

 

Kick-off Meeting of the Erasmus+ PRINTeL Project

On the 15th-16th of February, 2018 Yerevan State University hosted the Kick-off meeting of the ERASMUS+ PRINTeL project.

The first day of the Kick-off meeting was dedicated to the presentations on the overall educational structures of EU and partner country institutions. The participants emphasized the role of innovative teaching & learning methods, current teacher training programmes as well as the challenges they face in their institutions.

The first day of the meeting was concluded by the overview & administrative management of the Project by the Project Coordinator and director of the YSU Quality Assurance Armen Budaghyan.

The second day of the Kick-off meeting was oriented to the activity descriptions of 7 Work Packages by Lead partner universities. Two participants Natallia Chetyrbock (Head of Management, Economics and Finance Department) and Vitali Khaletski (Head of International Office and Technology Transfer Center) represented Brest State Technical University.

In culmination of the meeting A. Budaghyan drew the attention of the participants to the financial management of the Project and Consortium Meeting discussions and feedbacks.

 

Study Visit to Barcelona and Training-Workshop in Porto

From 11-12 June, 2018 Universitat de Barcelona (UB) hosted a study tour and information seminar on TSDC Best Practice. From 14-15 June a two-day training-workshop on Capacity Building of TSDC Staff was held at the Universidade do Porto (U. Porto).

The Study Visit and Information Seminar at the University of Barcelona took place on June 11-12, 2018. The main purpose of the event was the acquaintance of administrative staff of the Eastern PC universities with modern experience of TSDCs, their activity, structure and undergoing training programmes. The main organisers of the event were Joan-Thomàs Pujolà and Marina Solé Català – professors at the University of Barcelona (BU). During the seminars the representatives of the Project’s European partner universities also made presentations and shared their experience.

On June 14-15, 2018 after the Study visit to the University of Barcelona a Workshop-Training was held in the University of Porto. The main objective of the Workshop-Training was the development of Eastern PC universities TSDC administrative staff’s competence in the area of operation of TSDCs, development and realisation of innovative training programmes and working out of new operational plans.

On the first day some leading specialists invited from a number of universities of Portugal came up with the presentations highlighting their experiences. They described in detail how their TSDCs were structured, how they operate and what functions they perform. With pro-rector Fernando Remião and professor Maria Pinto’s initiative the partners of the University of Porto conducted the workshop in the so-called World Café format, that enabled the participants’ maximal engagement.

The four-day working meetings, where thirty five representatives of Eastern PC universities participated, were concluded by PRINTeL project coordinator Armen Budaghyan, professor Marina Sole Catala from the University of Barcelona and Fernando Remião – pro-rector of Porto University. Accordingly, they mentioned that PC university representatives should disseminate their knowledge acquired from the Study visit and Workshop-Training in their home institutions and get to commence further activities envisaged in the working plan of the Project.

On June 16, 2018 the first coordination meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) took place at the University of Porto, where European and Eastern PC institutional coordinators (19 participants) participated. During the coordination meeting the Work group leaders reported on the progress of ongoing activities, and the activities and corresponding timetables set by the end of 2018 were approved by the PSC.

The Coordination meeting was chaired by the head of PRINTeL project, director of YSU Quality Assurance Center Armen Budaghyan.

 

In BrSTU successfully completed the selection of participants in training courses within the project PRINTeL.

The announcement of the competition with the invitation of all those wishing to participate was published on the main page in the news line on the site of the BrSTU.

The announcement aroused great interest among the teachers of the BrSTU: the whole contest was interested in more than 50 people, and 20 people took part in the competition.

Among the participants of the competition were teachers and heads of departments of all faculties of the university. As a result of the selection, 10 people were selected. That is, the competition for participation in the educational program among the teachers was 2 people per place.

The selection took place in 2 stages. The first stage was the completion of the survey by the participant. All completed questionnaires were sent to the special box of the project printel.brest@mail.ru.

The questionnaires received were processed and analyzed by the local coordinator and project experts. The maximum possible score is 100 points.

Main selection criteria:

Main selection criteria

Marks

Teaching at BrSTU Teaching Staff Development Centre (TSDC)

a. Courses on teaching and pedagogy
b. Courses on languages, ICT, profession, etc.

10
10

English language proficiency

C2 level
C1 level
Another

15
10
5

Teaching Portfolio

  20

Main Publications

  10

ICT skills

  10

Academic degree/title

  10
Schengen visa    

Total:

100

The second stage was an interview with participants in English. During the conversation, participants were asked about the subjects of the training and the level of English language proficiency.

Also, an agreement was signed to participate in the training and subsequent implementation of the acquired knowledge among the teachers of the Brest State Technical University.

January 15, 2019, a meeting was held of the working group on implementation of the international project PRINTeL.

The meeting discussed modern educational methods, which were presented in the autumn of 2018 by leading European universities to members of the working group of the project. During the meeting, the possibilities of implementation of educational methods in BrSTU were also analyzed. The meeting worked out further steps for the implementation of TOT courses in the educational process of BrSTU.


TOT COURSES


Teacher Training Courses

Within the frame of the Erasmus+ PRINTeL project, in February-May 2019, trainings for teachers (TT) aimed at improving the skills of the teaching staff of BrSTU were held.

Teachers of TT trainings from BrSTU, who took part in ToT (teacher training) courses in 5 partner universities of the EU project (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidade do Porto, Linköpings Universitet, FH Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH), developed author's training courses on teaching innovative methods for BrSTU teachers and held them in winter-spring 2019.

More information about the trainings can be found here:


International Conference-Workshop
“INNOVATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS”  Erasmus+ PRINTeL Project “Change in Classroom: Promoting Innovative Teaching & Learning to Enhance Student Learning Experience in Eastern Partnership Countries” was held in Yerevan State University 16-17 May, 2019.

Brest State Technical University presented 4 people: Natallia Chetyrbock, Head of Management, Economics and Finance Department, Associate professor, Pavel Kachurka, Associate professor Department of Intelligent information technologies, Alena Charnavokaya, Head of Department of Accounting, analysis and audit, Associate professor, Tatsiana Lisouskaya, Head of Department of Humanitarian Science, Associate Professor.

Plenary Session-1 was opened by Aram Simonyan, Rector of Yerevan State University, Arayik Harutyunyan, Minister of Education & Science of the Republic of Armenia, Lana Karlova, Head of National ERASMUS+ Office in Armenia. They had greeting speech to participants of International Conference-Workshop. Greeting speech and introduction to the Conference-Workshop were said also by Armen Budaghyan, PRINTeL Project Coordinator, YSU.

Five representatives of European universities who was holding TOT courses (Wim Van Petegem, Professor, KU Leuven, Joan-Thomas Pujola, Professor, UB, Maria Lopes Pinto, Professor, U.PORTO, Peter Dalenius, Deputy Head of Didacticum, LiU, Ingrid Kienberger, Researcher, FHJ) made small presentations and reports «Training of Trainers in the EU Partner Institutions» about results of training courses.

During the Plenary Session-2 Artur Avagyan, Head of Laboratory of New Learning Technologies, YSU, Galina Shvarkova, Corporate Communication Center, BSU represented presentations about «Virtual Academy of Teaching & Learning: Collaborative Platform for Teaching & Learning».

Anna Alexanyan, Associate Professor, YSU, Boris Gitolendia, Associate Professor, GTU, Natallia Chetyrbock, Associate Professor, BrSTU presented reports about implementation of TOT courses in their universities during the Session «Teacher Training in the PC Partner Institutions: Experience & Challenges by the PC Partners».

Then 5 Parallel Sessions on Innovative T&L Methods were held with 5 discussion groups.

On the 17th of May, 2019 the Second Coordination Meeting of the PRINTeL Project took place at Yerevan State University. The coordinators of 5 EU partner and 9 PC universities partook in the meeting. They provided the observations, analyses concerning the activities realized within the following events: training of trainers and teacher training courses.


TOT COURSE AT KU LEUVEN (BELGIUM) ON OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
15-17 OCTOBER 2019

In the framework of the Erasmus+ PRINTeL project a three-day ToT course on The Development of Open Educational Resources was held between 15-17 October 2019 at the KU Leuven (Belgium). Up to 27 teachers from the universities of PRINTeL Project partner countries – Armenia, Georgia and Belarus –participated in this course.

The ToT course was aimed at introducing the participating teachers to Open Educational Resources (OER) and provided them with insights on what defines them, where to find them and how to use them in your educational practice. This was followed by a workshop with special emphasis on the development of OER and how to integrate them in innovative learning technologies to enhance collaborative and interactive learning. Based on this training and workshop all participants developed a knowledge clip using OER that was then recorded in a professional video studio.

The ToT course was organized at LIMEL (KU Leuven's educational video producer) and taught by experienced professionals like Prof. Van Petegem and Van Keer. A selection of field and multimedia experts completed the programme with their expertise on OER and their development.


On November 18, 2019, a seminar entitled "Developing Open Educational Resources" was held at the Brest State Technical University. The seminar was aimed at disseminating the knowledge and skills gained by the teachers of the BrSTU (Chetyrbock N., Hranik I., Prarouski A.) during courses on the development of open educational resources at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). The seminar analyzed the problems of introducing open educational resources into the practice of the BrSTU and proposed measures to revitalize activities in this direction.

 

From 23 December till 28 December Brest State Technical University held integrated courses "Innovative Methods of Education" on the basis of the " Teaching Staff Development Center" and IDPR BrSTU. PRINTeL project trainers resented the following topics:

  1. Video as a learning tool in the modern world
  2. Active and ICT based learning: M-learning and gamification
  3. Hybrid / blended teaching and learning
  4. Active and ICT based learning: M-learning and gamification
  5. The use of active learning in computer science

The courses (leading trainers Chetyrbock N.P., Hranik I.M., Prarouski A.G., Kachurko P.A., Golovko V.A., Lisovskaya T.V.) have aimed to improve the qualifications of the academic staff of BrSTU . The purpose of teaching education course “Innovative Methods in Education” is to improve the professional qualifications of teachers, increase the teaching support staff and specialists in the field of educational activities. As part of the continuing education training course reflected the methodology of e-education; of making video lectures and their use in the educational process; the skills and rules of using the MOODL platform and the VATL platform; the skills of hybrid / blended teaching and learning; active and ICT based learning: M-learning and gamification.

During the courses took part about 30 people. The experience of European universities about  introduction of modern educational technologies was presented. Main goal of TOT courses was proposed to introduce European experience into the practice of BrSTU.

The application of the acquired knowledge of teachers will improve the quality of teaching disciplines and bring the educational process to a new, more higher level.

UNIVERSITY
HEADLINES

Stay together

Despite the current situation in the world the foreign students of BrSTU stay positive, support each other and make plans for the upcoming academic year.

 

Tender Invitation for Equipment Procurement

The PRINTeL project No585760 funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union kindly invites all suppliers to participate in the tenders for the supply of equipment for creating Technology-enhanced Active Learning Classrooms and Multimedia Lecture Capture Studios in several universities of Armenia, Georgia and Belarus.

Iranian students at BrSTU

Iranian students wishing to study at BrSTU should apply to SPRI.

ADMISSION 2019-2020 IS NOW OPEN!

 

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