Winter School in Kääriku


Project meeting / E-course development VMU, Kaunas, 21-22 January, 2020 >>

Project meeting
Ukrainian partners provided overview of project achievments, statistics and feedback from courses.
Next steps for the project, preparations and timetable for the final report were discussed
E-course development
The training session was delivered by the Manager of Online Learning Projects, Anna Beitane (Introduction to the UT s "E-course in Moodle"; practical workshops and self-assessment of developed blended courses by partners; individual work and consultation session with UT instructional designer etc. )

Lecture-training "Regions and Regionalism" conducted by prof. Mindaugas Jurkynas for IFNUL teachers. 02.12.2019 >>

Teaching visit, Odessa, 2019, 23-26 September
The first teaching visit in the framework of the BBSR project took place. AMU team (Prof.Jarosław Jańczak , Prof. Łukasz Donaj, Dr. Tomasz Brańka) delivered lectures for ONU students of the specialty "International Relations". According to visit program Polish colleagues have held training and workshop dedicated to the revision and analysis of the applicability of Poznan teaching methods.

Master students of ONU about lectures >>
Day 1, 23 September 2019

Dr. Tomasz Brańka, lecture for students: “The quest for self-determination: A new wave in the Baltic Sea Region”
Prof.Jarosław Jańczak, lecture for students: “Legal and financial instruments of the regional cooperation development: European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)”

Day 2, 24 September 2019
Workshop: analysing teaching methods and techniques offered on Monday Revision and reflection on applicability of the Poznan training methods and techniques in Odessa: modern didactics; playing, assessing, examining, online teaching
Dr. Tomasz Brańka, Prof. Jarosław Jańczak, lecture for students: “ Theoretical approaches to regionalism and regional integration: (neo-)functionalism, (liberal) intergovernmentalism, (social) constructivism. Regionalism and "new regionalism
Prof. Łukasz Donaj, lecture for students: „International simulations and prognostics“

Day 3, 25 September 2019
Workshop: analysing teaching methods and techniques on Tuesday
Syllabi and course development – ex postworks
Program challenges workshop: anti-plagiarism systems and procedures, internships’ organisation, entrepreneurship and university

Day 4, 26 September 2019
Teaching support workshop: academic literature, databases and software
Conclusions and planning further steps in the project works

Training on Academic Writing and Plagiarism, Lviv, 2019, September 9-10

Curriculum development seminar, Odessa, 2019, June 27-28
1. Presentations of the syllabi and work discussion
2. Regional Studies (Kyiv),
3. Regionalism in the Baltic and Black Sea Area (Lviv)
4. Foreign and Security Policy in the Baltic-Black Sea Region (Lviv),
5. The EU and the Baltic-Black Sea Region (Lviv)
6. Political systems of the countries of the Baltic-Black Sea Region (Lviv),
7. Ethnopolitical dynamics in the Baltic-Black Sea Region (Mariupol)
8. Economic governance of the Baltic-Black Sea Region States (Lviv),
9. Ukraine in the Baltic-Black Sea Regionalism (Odesa)

Mid-term meeting, Poznan, 2019, April 8-9

Day 1.
Presentation of QA board report on project management and progress on curriculum development (Igor Mingazutdinov, TSNUK).
Overview of financial situation: budget spending by categories and partners (Tiina Jaksman, UT)
Presentation of the progress of the new curriculum at IFNUL – number of courses developed / taught, number of students recruited, promotional videos, other promotion made so far (Oksana Krayevska, IFNUL)
Dissemination activities so far, next steps (Sergii Pakhomenko, MSU)

1) QA board report on project management and progress on curriculum were discussed in depth and approved
2) Participants were introduced to the budget spending by categories and partners
3) Next steps and areas of dissemination activities were identified
Day 2.
Next steps in terms of teacher training and curriculum development (Olga Bogdanova, UT)
- the schedule of next activities was clarified
- deadlines for the submission of syllabi were established,
- online training courses were defined

Training for Ukrainian teachers. Tartu, 2019, January 21 – 23

Day 1 E-learning , e-teaching and e(-)xciting
The topics were
1) MA programme “Educational Technology” and online approach to teaching (Emanuele Bardone)
2) Problem-based learning; flipped classroom: examples from Skytte Institute (Olga Bogdanova
3) Online learning: Introduction to types of online content, Skytte e-portfolio (Anna Beitane)
At last but not least
Group discussions: how these examples could be integrated in the project curricula (Anna Beitane, Tiina Jaksman)

Day 2
Introduction to instructional design: process of creating an online course, tips, processes and planning (Anna Beitane)
Introduction to Panopto, Other useful tools for MOOC and online production (Storyline, Google forms, Padlet, etc.) (Anna Beitane)
Smartboard ( Anette Aav)

Day 3
Storytelling technique - as a way of conveying teaching material for video lectures (Anna Beitane)
Practical session on storytelling
Visit to Multimedia studio –(Toomas Petersell and Anna Beitane)
Practical session/recording

Training for Lecturers from Ukraine, Vilnius, 2018, December 3-5
On 3-5 December, VMU was visited by lecturers from Ukraine, who came here as participants of Erasmus+ project Rethinking Regional Studies: The Baltic-Black Sea Connection. In the project, VMU is represented by the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, while its goal is the europization of the MA degree studies of political sciences offered by the universities of Odessa, Mariupol, Lviv, and Kiev (Ukraine). The visiting Ukrainians were provided training by VMU lecturers. Topics such as handling stress, providing high-quality lectures, adapting various spaces for education, and many other matters were presented by the Dean of VMU Faculty of Economics and Management Assoc. Prof. Rita Bendaraviečienė, employees of the Institute of Foreign Languages Teresė Ringailienė and Almantė Meškauskienė, the head of the Innovative Studies Institute Assoc. Prof. Airina Volungevičienė, employee of VMU Library Inga Lukoševičiūtė, scientists of VMU Dept. of Psychology Assoc. Prof. Loreta Gustainienė and Andrius Šmitas, employees of the Studies Department Izabela Savickienė and Virginija Bortkevičienė, Assoc. Prof. Jaq Greenspon from the VMU Dept. of Public Communication, and lecturer of VMU Education Academy Dr. Auksė Petruškevičiūtė.
On the morning of 3 December, the guests discussed the cooperation opportunities between VMU and Ukraine’s universities as well as the project’s activities with the VMU Vice-Rector for International Relations Prof. Ineta Dabašinskienė and the Head of VMU International Cooperation Department Ilona Kazlauskaitė.
During the visit, Ukrainians and the VMU representatives also took a trip to Vilnius, where a meeting was held at the Ministry of Education and Science with the Deputy Minister Prof. Eugenijus Butkus. Other meetings were also held at the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education and in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. There, the project’s participants were greeted by the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis, the Deputy Speaker Jonas Liesys and his assistant, lecturer of the VMU Education Academy, Dr. Auksė Petruškevičiūtė.

Meeting in Mariupol, 2018, October, 29-31
Day 1
Opening Ceremony of the Center for Baltic-Black Sea Region Studies Discussion of syllabi. State of play which courses have been developed.
Erasmus+ monitoring visit
Meeting of the QA board

Day 2

Ukrainian Teachers visit to Poznan «Digital tools in teaching and design of courses», 2018, September, 18-21

Day 1
The topics were
The Poznań training started intensively with two workshops: #1 by Dr. Bartosz Hordecki on “Considering determinants of academic freedom in our times. Challenges for teaching” and #2 by Dr. Tomasz Brańka and Prof. Jarosław Jańczak about “Modern didactics in practice”.

Day 2
The participants spent the entire day in the downtown campus, hosted by the AMU International Department and discussing the project as well as syllabi and course development within the "Round table" prepared by Prof. Łukasz Donaj

Day 3
Poznań training day 4 was again packed with activities - Żaneta Szerksznis and Prof. Łukasz Donaj during Workshop#6“Scientific databases for academic teaching” worked together with the participants on academic electronic resources. In the next session, Workshop#7 by Prof. Jarosław Jańczak “Playing, assessing, examining - Kahoot 2”, they presented their own Kahoot quizes built individually and in groups during "Individual and group working". The Lviv team was evaluated in secret and electronic voting as the best one and won the prize!

Working meeting , Lund, 2018, June 18–20
For the seminar participants there was held a practical course in order to develop the chosen course plans. Participants were divided into teams, and each team designed learning activities and assessment tasks for their selected courses based on identified learning outcome, while reflecting upon pedagogical value of integrating digital activities within the design With in the framework of the seminar, a colleague from the University of Lund (Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Anamaria Duceac Segesten and Eleonora Narvselius) presented a European Studies Master's program.
- the experience of pedagogical tool used by Swedish colleagues has been obtained;
- the objectives of the curriculum, competencies to be received by the student s are supplemented;
- discussions about the course syllabi and future plans for course development were held.

Seminar in Tartu, 2018, January 22-23
“Development of frame curriculum and modules»
Short description: The seminar was devoted to discussing curriculum structure and content. Participants of the meeting - scientific mentors from universities - project participants were determined through the list of necessary learning outcomes, compliance of the curriculum with the European requirements.
The report and presentation of Olga Bogdanova "Different structures of curricula" allowed the participants to get familiarized with the curriculum modules applied by colleagues from the University of Tartu.
Also during the meeting, Andrii Makarychev proposed the idea of a handbook "Regionalisms and Neighborhoods at Europe's Eastern Margins: The Baltic - Black Sea Patch / Networks". A prospective handbook plan is has been elaborated.
Seminar results:
The following has been elaborated:
- the draft version of the BBSR curriculum
- the activities plan for upcoming months