16-19 October, as part of Barents Cross Border University BCBU+ project supported by ENPI Kolarctic, Karelian State Pedagogical Academy in Petrozavodsk hosted a workshop in vocational and pedagogical guidance (for more details go to NArFU, http://sampo.tv, http://petrozavodsk.rfn.ru)
Among the attendees were lecturers from Barents Region cities – Rovaniemi, Oulu, Narvik, Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Saint-Petersburg and Arkhangelsk. The Northern (Arctic) Federal University was represented by the following lecturers and employees: Evgeniy S. Khaimin (senior lecturer at Applied Mathematics and Informatization of Education Department, IMIST), Maria N. Oreshkova (senior lecturer at Applied Mathematics and Informatization of Education Department, IMIST) and Alexandra S. Pochtovalova (associate prof. at Theoretical and Applied Chemistry Department, ITAC, senior research fellow at SUE Centre Arktika).
As part of the workshop activities, the colleagues were exchanging practices of the joint supervision of projects, theses and internships. The interaction between Petrozavodsk State University, universities in Sweden, Northern (Arctic) Federal University and university in Rovaniemi was a good case study of the current programmes for supervising master’s theses and trainee placements in other regions and universities.
The employees of Northern (Arctic) Federal University shared their experience, too. The presentation delivered by Evgeniy Khaimin on the “Practices of Joint Thesis Supervision at NArFU Institute of Mathematics, Information and Space Technologies” channeled the discussion into the cross-disciplinary approach to be applied in interaction between and inside universities.
One of the workshop days focused on compiling method guidance for the lecturers delivering their subjects as part of the joint master’s programmes. As the distance learning format is the key technology assisting educational process, special attention was paid to the description in the method guidance of distance learning courses. To illustrate efficiency of distance format, the participants demonstrated Adobe Connect Pro, the software used in holding on-line conferences and, in particular, a medium for on-line presence at the workshop of Narvik partners. Petrozavodsk State University, in its turn, has organized a visit to the IT park featuring the progress of the IT projects and participation of the employees and students.
The knowledge gained at the above workshop enabled the university’s employees to expand their vision of the joint master’s theses supervision which is necessary to enhance student and teacher mobility within BCBU+. The obtained knowledge will be applied in strengthening the interaction between Barents universities and in enhancing quality of education delivered in the home university. Among the other outcomes of the workshop is the project’s further progress plan and deadline for the method guidance to come out.
Evgeniy S. Khaimin,
Senior lecturer at Applied Mathematics and Informatization of Education Department, IMIST
This project is co-funded by EU within the ENPI CBC Kolarctic Programme