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Erasmus+: MSU scientists got an Estonian experience of online teaching

Teachers of Mariupol State University got acquainted with innovative educational technologies during the training, which took place at the University of Tartu (Estonia). This was another educational event under the Erasmus project + "Re-thinking of regional studies: the Baltic-Black Sea Connection", which is implemented by the leading universities of Ukraine, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Sweden.

Sergey Pakhomenko, the academic coordinator of the project from Mariupol State University, associate professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy Department, Victoria Lysak, Dean of the Faculty of History and Tetyana Marena, professor and associate professor of Economics and International Economic Relations Department visited Estonia for studying.

Tartu University is the only classical university in Estonia and one of the oldest university in Northern and Eastern Europe. It holds consistently high positions in the world rankings of higher education institutions. The training for Ukrainian educators took place at the Johann Skitt Institute of Political Sciences of the University of Tartu.

During three days, from January 21 to January 23, the participants of the training from the universities of Mariupol, Lviv, Kiev and Odessa got acquainted with the peculiarities of online teaching, the creation of electronic courses and the portfolio of the teacher. Colleagues from the University of Tartu showed modern methods of distance learning , the stages of developing online courses and the technology of creating video collections. 

Teachers performed practical tasks every day: they trained to record video collections in the multimedia studio at the University of Tartu, and created online courses. It is worth noting that MSU teachers already have an experience in creating e-courses at the Moodle platform. Associate professor Tatiana Marena has a number of e-courses in economics, and Associate Professor Sergei Pakhomenko has developed a course on the history of Ukraine for entrants from Donbass temporarily occupied territories.

An excursion to the Estonian University was very interesting. The Ukrainians saw a central hall, a museum with genuine Old Egyptian mummies, a chemical laboratory of the XIX century, and even an ancient disciplinary cell for students who were guilty. 

Besides on January 22 Ukrainian teachers participants of the Erasmus+ project celebrated the 100th anniversary of proclaiming the Act Zluky.

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