The Federal Education Development Institute (FIRO RANEPA), the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) and the Institute of Further Professional Education “4 Portfolio” organised the seminar “Contemporary questions in distance education” on October 3, 2019.
Hosting the seminar at UNESCO IITE, the head of the DPLM unit, Ms. Svetlana Knyazeva (PhD in Pedagogy) welcomed participants and launched the “Methodology for distance courses development” discussion. This event continued the series of seminars of Evgenia Semenovna Polat held from mid-1990s till 2006 at the Russian academy of education.
The seminar began with the opening speech of Ms. Marina Bukharkina, PhD in Pedagogy and the author of the multilevel education technology. She was the colleague of Evgenia Semenovna Polat as well as her co-author for the methodology and practical implementation of the project approach within the classroom system of Russian education.
The experts managed to discuss their experience in deploying distance courses and outline recommendations on their development. The following professionals shared their approaches to create online education courses:
- Ms. Natalia Nikulicheva, PhD in Pedagogy, project director of “Distance education” at FIRO RANEPA, Moscow – Methodology for development of distance courses in FIRO RANEPA
- Ms. Svetlana Titova, PhD in Pedagogy, deputy dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University – Methodology for development of visual content for distance sources
- Ms. Alla Nazarenko, PhD in Pedagogy, head of the Linguistics and IT department and honoured professor at Lomonosov MSU – Principles for development of distance courses in the Linguistics and IT department of Lomonosov MSU
- Ms. Svetlana Panyukova, PhD in Pedagogy, rector of the Institute of Further Professional Education “4 Porfolio”, Moscow – On the development of digital content for the distance and blended learning
- Ms. Tatiana Dolgova, PhD in Economics, head of the Testing and Methodological Support unit at Mobile Digital Education Ltd., Moscow – Methodology for development of distance courses in Mobile Digital Education Ltd.
- Ms. Margarita Lebedeva, PhD in Pedagogy, docent and professor of the Mathematics, Computer Science and ICT department at Leningrad Regional Institute for the Development of Education, St. Petersburg (webcast) – Using visual techniques to develop distance courses: experience, opportunities and prospects
The seminar goal was to exchange experience and visions of experts with direct involvement in Russian distance education. With this intention, the organisation team set a webcast to provide a wider audience with a possibility of online participation in the event. Overall, more than 70 professionals (including 40 online participants) managed to contribute to the seminar discussion. The materials of the conference are available on the Youtube channel of the seminar.