Today, the first forum of the project “Changes in the lecture hall: innovative teaching and learning support to improve student performance in the Eastern Partnership countries” was held at YSU.
The project proposed by YSU was approved within the framework of the "ERASMUS +" program of the European Commission and received three-year funding for 2018-2020.
The conference was attended by RA Deputy Minister of Education and Science Vahram Mkrtchyan, YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Alexander Grigoryan, Head of Erasmus + Armenia Office Lana Karlova, representatives of universities and experts.
“At present, the European Higher Education Area is undergoing global changes. Time challenges require new approaches and solutions that will dramatically change processes for new teaching and learning methods,” - said Aram Simonyan and wished a productive working day to the participants.
The project is aimed at the solution of one of the main challenges of higher education, i.e. the development and promotion of teaching and learning methods, as well as the introduction of new technologies in the teaching process. In the modern world, this is also a priority in the global system of higher education.
Director of YSU Quality Assurance Center Armen Budaghyan presented the project’s mission, coordination and expected results. The speaker underlined that the main objective is to improve the student’s learning experience in the country and to promote the development and innovation of teaching and learning, to support teaching technology and research, as well as the application of the best experience.
According to the organizers, a number of processes will be implemented to achieve this goal, aimed at strengthening the training centers for tutors, increasing the capacity of the teaching staff of the partner universities, and developing their new teaching skills.
It is also planned to set up a virtual academy of teaching and learning as a virtual platform for the development of students’ skills and abilities.
The project partners include leading universities in Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Austria, whose representatives were present at the conference.
From the Armenian side the program is coordinated by YSU Quality Assurance Center, in the person of the Head of the Center Armen Budaghyan and leading specialist Marie Sarturjyan.
The work of the forum will continue tomorrow.