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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.

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