Meeting of stakeholders of the National Digital Coalition

Today the meeting of the authors of “Digital Agenda of Ukraine – 2020” was held. Digital Agenda of Ukraine – 2020 is a document developed by a group of experts from global and domestic markets, initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and Hi Tech Office Ukraine.

The Digital Agenda has played a significant role – in three years, the words “Digitization” and “Digital Transformation” began to sound in every sector of the economy and appeared on the front pages of publications. The Digital Agenda became the basis for the creation of important state documents: the “Concept for the Development of the Digital Economy and Society of Ukraine” and the “Roadmap for Ukraine’s Integration into the EU Digital Single Market”.

Now is the time to move to active action to implement specific projects. This was the key topic of discussion of the meeting participants today.

For closer cooperation with European organizations, it is proposed to create a National Digital Coalition as a basis for the development of digital skills.

Olena Chaikovska, Head of the Department of Computer Science, Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, Representative of the project of EU Funding Program: European Neighborhood Instrument (Erasmus +: KA2 CBHE) “dComFra – Digital Competence Framework for Ukrainian Teachers and Other Citizens”, 598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP, reported to the participants on this initiative and proposed to expand the list of areas of the Coalition for effective cooperation for the digital transformation of Ukraine.

Meeting of stakeholders of the National Digital Coalition

Today the meeting of the authors of “Digital Agenda of Ukraine – 2020” was held. Digital Agenda of Ukraine – 2020 is a document developed by a group of experts from global and domestic markets, initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and Hi Tech Office Ukraine.

The Digital Agenda has played a significant role – in three years, the words “Digitization” and “Digital Transformation” began to sound in every sector of the economy and appeared on the front pages of publications. The Digital Agenda became the basis for the creation of important state documents: the “Concept for the Development of the Digital Economy and Society of Ukraine” and the “Roadmap for Ukraine’s Integration into the EU Digital Single Market”.

Now is the time to move to active action to implement specific projects. This was the key topic of discussion of the meeting participants today.

For closer cooperation with European organizations, it is proposed to create a National Digital Coalition as a basis for the development of digital skills.

Olena Chaikovska, Head of the Department of Computer Science, Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, Representative of the project of EU Funding Program: European Neighborhood Instrument (Erasmus +: KA2 CBHE) “dComFra – Digital Competence Framework for Ukrainian Teachers and Other Citizens”, 598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP, reported to the participants on this initiative and proposed to expand the list of areas of the Coalition for effective cooperation for the digital transformation of Ukraine.

Internal trainings for KrNU lecturers within the framework of the dComFra project

From June 24 till June 26 trainings were held at our University for the staff of the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering and the Institute of Electromechanics, Energy Saving and Control Systems within the implementation of the European Union Erasmus+ KA2 №598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP project – the Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens (dConFra). The purpose of this event was to train the contingent of lecturers for teaching in the KrNU Office of Digital Competences.

As previously reported, in May this year, an Office of Digital Competences was created at our University. According to the roadmap of the dComFra project, Ukrainian teachers and other categories of citizens of Ukraine will improve the skills in the field of digital competences in this Office. Such an office will be the only one in Poltava region that will be accredited for certification according to the European Computer Driven License (ECDL), and will be able to accept people who wish to obtain a certificate from Poltava and neighboring (Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Zaporizhzhia, etc.) regions, as, according to the project, similar offices will be established in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Pokrovsk, Chernivtsi and Kremenchuk..

This event was covered in the local press (KREMENCHUKTODAY) and at the site of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine “Novyny oblastei”.

The topics of the trainings covered various aspects of education in the field of digital competencies: from the formation of skills and abilities of mastering well-known text editors, spreadsheets to very specific knowledge in the field of e-society services; from the use of typical pedagogical approaches to the application of the latest methods of gamification of the learning process in the field of digital literacy.

The trainings were organized and held by the representatives of the work team of the dComFra project: Head of the Department of Computer and Information Systems (CIS) Prof. Mykola Huchenko, Associate Professor of CIS Department Valerii Sydorenko, Associate Professor of the Department of Automation and Computer-Aided Technologies Dmytro Mamchur, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Automatic Control Systems and Electric Drive Oleksii Kravets.

Taking into account the quarantine measures and restrictions, the event was held in the format of blended learning – a kind of hybrid methodology, when there is a combination of online learning with traditional and independent learning. Depending on personal circumstances, each of the participants had the opportunity to choose the method of participation – either to visit the venue in person, or to join the classes online.

The first working day of the trainings began on June 24 in the DC-office of the University with a welcome speech by the rector of KrNU Prof. Mykhaylo Zagirnyak. The rector noted that, realizing the importance of this project for the development of the region, the university administration decided to repair and furnish one of the best auditorium premises to create a DC office. In addition, the rector observed that it is no coincidence that the main building of KrNU was chosen as the location of the DC-office, because the presence of a ramp makes the DC-office accessible to people with disabilities.

The training began with the report of Assoc. Prof. Dmytro Mamchur on the basic questions “Digital literacy in Ukraine and the EU” and “Digital knowledge evaluation and certification. ECDL Example)”, because it is ECDL, European Computer Driving License that is a system of European computer skills certification selected by the dComFra project as the basic one.

The second half of the first day was devoted to modern means of improving the effectiveness of learning by the example of information technology Web 2.0 (Assoc. Prof. Valerii Sydorenko) and the use of the learning environment Moodle (Assoc. Prof. Dmytro Mamchur).

The next day, June 25, the training was held at the Ukrainian-Polish Center for Education, Science and Culture of the University. The audience studied the European experience in media literacy and methods of information validation (Assoc. Prof. Valerii Sydorenko), the use of pedagogical methods for a successful educational process (Prof. Mykola Huchenko), the organization of digital online educational laboratories (Senior Lecturer Oleksii Kravets).

The third working day, June 26, was devoted to a review of modern teaching aids and innovations in software and hardware of the educational process in Ukraine and the world, analysis of approaches to modeling student behavior in improving the quality of education (Prof. Mykola Huchenko), methods of using computer applications in computer laboratories by means of solutions from Docker tools (Senior Lecturer Oleksii Kravets).

In general, all the provided material was received by the audience with great interest and was accompanied by lively discussions at the end of each training modules.  

At the official closing of the training, representatives of the project work team, Associate Professors Dmytro Mamchur and Andrii Gladyr acquainted the participants with further steps in the project implementation, in particular, they announced the beginning of a new important stage of the project development of training modules for distance learning of Ukrainian teachers, internally displaced persons, anti-terrorist operation veterans and other categories of citizens.

dComFra Trainings at KNUCA

20/06/2020

The objectives of the KA2 №598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP project “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” (dComFra) of the European Union Erasmus + provided dissemination of best practices in reforming the professional training of teachers, as well as the use of digital knowledge and skills in the work of teachers, everyday life and professional activities of citizens of Ukraine. In the project, participants have the opportunity to participate in trainings during which leading experts from European partner universities share their experience in the use of modern information technology in the organization of the educational process.

Due to quarantine measures, regular training was held on May 25-27, 2020 by video conference. The purpose of the online training was to prepare trainers for teaching in the Digital Competences Offices, a network of which was created within the dComFra project on the basis of Ukrainian partner universities. The faculties of Ukrainian universities were presented with developments in the acquisition of digital skills by students of European universities and the use of modern information technology in the educational process. Professors from Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania), Czech University of Life Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic), Carinthian University of Applied Science (Villach, Austria), Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Bucharest, Romania), Pedagogical University of Cracow (Krakow, Poland), Public Institution Information Technologies Institute (Kaunas, Lithuania).

O. Chaikovskа, M. Tolmach, K. Kotsiubivska, I. Borodkina, and Yu. Lebid took part in the training from KNUKiM. Materials on the formation and development of digital skills for students of non-technical specialties, media literacy training were presented to teachers. Foreign colleagues shared their experience in organizing distance learning, creating online laboratories, automating knowledge assessment, using interactive approaches to learning, organizing group projects through the interactive online cooperation.

The next stage in the process of training future trainers of the Digital Competences Offices was a series of internal trainings in each of the 7 Ukrainian universities participating in the consortium. The internal training at KNUKiM took place on June 10-12, 2020, and involved participants from the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Graphic Design, the Department of Event Management, the Department of Musical Art. One of the tasks was to adapt the knowledge and skills acquired during the online training to the specifics of organizing training for creative specialties and institutions of higher education in the field of culture in general and the dissemination and use of European experience in developing digital competencies in training professionals. 

Olena Chaikovska spoke about the problems of digitalization of education, the structure of digital competence of teachers, and the activities of the National Digital Coalition in Ukraine. Maryna Tolmach, a member of the working group of the dComFra project, conducted trainings on the organization of digital learning, the use of Web 2.0 tools, the organization of interactive learning in the Moodle system. Kateryna  Kotsiubivska, Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science, spoke about the creation of online laboratories, the use of BYOD learning technology, the use of virtualization technologies and augmented reality in education. Interesting tools of digital learning for students of creative specialties, in particular music art, were presented by the senior lecturer of the Faculty of Music Art Yuliia Lebid. Associate Professor of Computer Science Iryna. Borodkina spoke about the assessment of knowledge and international certification of ICDL, as well as the use of TestEngine and the experience of creating training courses in the Moodle platform.

The head of the KNUKiM working group of the project “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” Olena Chaikovska noted that the training revealed to educators the possibilities of modern information technologies and pointed out ways to use them in the educational process.

dComFra Trainings at KNUCA

20/06/2020

The objectives of the KA2 №598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP project “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” (dComFra) of the European Union Erasmus + provided dissemination of best practices in reforming the professional training of teachers, as well as the use of digital knowledge and skills in the work of teachers, everyday life and professional activities of citizens of Ukraine. In the project, participants have the opportunity to participate in trainings during which leading experts from European partner universities share their experience in the use of modern information technology in the organization of the educational process.

Due to quarantine measures, regular training was held on May 25-27, 2020 by video conference. The purpose of the online training was to prepare trainers for teaching in the Digital Competences Offices, a network of which was created within the dComFra project on the basis of Ukrainian partner universities. The faculties of Ukrainian universities were presented with developments in the acquisition of digital skills by students of European universities and the use of modern information technology in the educational process. Professors from Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania), Czech University of Life Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic), Carinthian University of Applied Science (Villach, Austria), Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Bucharest, Romania), Pedagogical University of Cracow (Krakow, Poland), Public Institution Information Technologies Institute (Kaunas, Lithuania).

O. Chaikovskа, M. Tolmach, K. Kotsiubivska, I. Borodkina, and Yu. Lebid took part in the training from KNUKiM. Materials on the formation and development of digital skills for students of non-technical specialties, media literacy training were presented to teachers. Foreign colleagues shared their experience in organizing distance learning, creating online laboratories, automating knowledge assessment, using interactive approaches to learning, organizing group projects through the interactive online cooperation.

The next stage in the process of training future trainers of the Digital Competences Offices was a series of internal trainings in each of the 7 Ukrainian universities participating in the consortium. The internal training at KNUKiM took place on June 10-12, 2020, and involved participants from the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Graphic Design, the Department of Event Management, the Department of Musical Art. One of the tasks was to adapt the knowledge and skills acquired during the online training to the specifics of organizing training for creative specialties and institutions of higher education in the field of culture in general and the dissemination and use of European experience in developing digital competencies in training professionals. 

Olena Chaikovska spoke about the problems of digitalization of education, the structure of digital competence of teachers, and the activities of the National Digital Coalition in Ukraine. Maryna Tolmach, a member of the working group of the dComFra project, conducted trainings on the organization of digital learning, the use of Web 2.0 tools, the organization of interactive learning in the Moodle system. Kateryna  Kotsiubivska, Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science, spoke about the creation of online laboratories, the use of BYOD learning technology, the use of virtualization technologies and augmented reality in education. Interesting tools of digital learning for students of creative specialties, in particular music art, were presented by the senior lecturer of the Faculty of Music Art Yuliia Lebid. Associate Professor of Computer Science Iryna. Borodkina spoke about the assessment of knowledge and international certification of ICDL, as well as the use of TestEngine and the experience of creating training courses in the Moodle platform.

The head of the KNUKiM working group of the project “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” Olena Chaikovska noted that the training revealed to educators the possibilities of modern information technologies and pointed out ways to use them in the educational process.

Meeting of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia with leading scientists of KrNU and presentation of DC-office

On June 3, 2020, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Ukraine Mr. Juris Poikans visited Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University as part of a visit to our city. The Ambassador was accompanied by the Third Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Ukraine Mr. Edvins Severs and the Deputy Director of the Kremenchuk Institute for International Development Andriy Melnyk.

The Latvian diplomat met a group of scientists of technical, ecological, historical and economic directions of the University headed by the first vice-rector prof. Volodymyr Nykyforov.

The meeting began with a mini-excursion to the laboratory for processing powerful energy flows, where Prof. Oleksandr Salenko acquainted the guests with a functionally-oriented approach to the development of heat-resistant materials for the space industry.

Director of the KrNU Center of International  Activity, Andriy Gladyr, presented to the guests the Digital Competences Office (DC-office) of the University, which was created in the former “Electronic Library” within the dComFra project “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens”. He spoke about the goals and tasks of the project (modernization of methods and methodology of adult education, creation of a framework structure DigComp, organization of trainings for the developers of educational modules, organization of the education for citizens, international certification of the DC-office, etc.) and expressed interest of Kremenchuk National University in expanding the scope of cooperation with Latvian research establishments and higher education institutions, testified to the readiness of our University to cooperate with Latvian universities in the framework of international projects “Erasmus+” and other forms of cooperation.

The meeting ended with a lively discussion on “Ukraine-Latvia”, “Ukraine-EU”, during which Mr. Ambassador exchanged views with experts in the field of Ukrainian history, Prof. Hanna Kapustian and prof. Volodymyr Maslak. Mr. Ambassador expressed his readiness to facilitate further contacts of the KrNU with the leading higher education institutions of Latvia.

Ukrainian national digital coalition “Coalition of digital transformation”

The coalition made by the initiative of the ERASMUS+ project-working group: КА2 CBHE dComFra – “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” 598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP.
Public Union “HIGH-TECH office Ukraine” and all-Ukrainian public organization “Ukrainian Association of information technology specialists” were elected as partners-coordinators of the coalition.

The Memorandum signing ceremony regarding to creation of the Ukrainian national digital coalition “Coalition of digital transformation” took place on September 5 in the News Agency “UKRINFORM” (https://www.ukrinform.ua/rubric-presshall/2772462-stvorenna-koalicii-cifrovoi-transformacii.html)
The “Coalition of digital transformation” includes 46 public and private institutions and organizations, educational institutions and public organizations.

During the signing was emphasize, that the digital transformation of the economy and society is one of the significant factors of economic growth, job creation, improving the life quality of citizens and the development of democracy in Ukraine.

Specified, that activities of the “Coalition of digital transformation” will straightened on consolidating and coordinating the initiatives and efforts of all partners in the field of digital development and Ukrainian integration to the European digital space (EU Single digital market).

The main areas of cooperation within the framework of the Memorandum should be:

  • spreading of information on modern digital technologies and practices of their use;
  • creation and development of appropriate infrastructure for the obtaining and improvement of digital skills of young people and society in total for increasing the employment level and effective use of digital opportunities;
  • harmonization with the Digital Agenda and the Digital Single Market of the European Union;
  • access improving to digital infrastructure and the Internet;
  • integration of digital technologies into production processes or digitalization of industry;
  • encouragement of digital development of human settlements and regions;
  • digitalization of science, development of Ukrainian e-infrastructures;
  • promoting the development of creative industries, cybersecurity systems and other areas of digital transformation of Ukraine;
  • progress of international cooperation in the field of digital technologies and digital skills.

Speakers of the Memorandum signing were: 
National coordinator of the project “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” of the European Union ERASMUS+ program Sergey Bronin; 
Executive Director of the GS “HIGH-TECH office Ukraine” Adrey Biryukov; 
President of the NGO “Agency for European innovations” Ivan Kulchitsky; 
President of the NGO “Polesie Foundation for international and regional analysis”, representative of the project “Promotion of the agenda and institutional prerequisites for the development of digital competencies in Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia” Maxim Koryavets; 
Chief of staff of Sumy regional state administration Dmitry Zhivitsky; 
General Director of the Association of industrial automation enterprises of Ukraine Alexander Yurchak; 
General Director of the Association of information technology enterprises of Ukraine Yuri Peroganich.

As noted during the signing, national digital coalitions now established in 23 European countries. Digital coalitions are transparent partnerships between digital transformation objects, promoting digital skills in country members that work together to implement digital transformation, develop the digital economy and improve digital skills at the national, regional or local level.

Within the framework of the coalition created a working group for the development of digital skills, which included all universities-participants of the dComFra project consortium “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” of the European Union ERASMUS+ program.

Ukrainian national digital coalition “Coalition of digital transformation”

The coalition made by the initiative of the ERASMUS+ project-working group: КА2 CBHE dComFra – “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” 598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP.
Public Union “HIGH-TECH office Ukraine” and all-Ukrainian public organization “Ukrainian Association of information technology specialists” were elected as partners-coordinators of the coalition.

The Memorandum signing ceremony regarding to creation of the Ukrainian national digital coalition “Coalition of digital transformation” took place on September 5 in the News Agency “UKRINFORM” (https://www.ukrinform.ua/rubric-presshall/2772462-stvorenna-koalicii-cifrovoi-transformacii.html)
The “Coalition of digital transformation” includes 46 public and private institutions and organizations, educational institutions and public organizations.

During the signing was emphasize, that the digital transformation of the economy and society is one of the significant factors of economic growth, job creation, improving the life quality of citizens and the development of democracy in Ukraine.

Specified, that activities of the “Coalition of digital transformation” will straightened on consolidating and coordinating the initiatives and efforts of all partners in the field of digital development and Ukrainian integration to the European digital space (EU Single digital market).

The main areas of cooperation within the framework of the Memorandum should be:

  • spreading of information on modern digital technologies and practices of their use;
  • creation and development of appropriate infrastructure for the obtaining and improvement of digital skills of young people and society in total for increasing the employment level and effective use of digital opportunities;
  • harmonization with the Digital Agenda and the Digital Single Market of the European Union;
  • access improving to digital infrastructure and the Internet;
  • integration of digital technologies into production processes or digitalization of industry;
  • encouragement of digital development of human settlements and regions;
  • digitalization of science, development of Ukrainian e-infrastructures;
  • promoting the development of creative industries, cybersecurity systems and other areas of digital transformation of Ukraine;
  • progress of international cooperation in the field of digital technologies and digital skills.

Speakers of the Memorandum signing were: 
National coordinator of the project “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” of the European Union ERASMUS+ program Sergey Bronin; 
Executive Director of the GS “HIGH-TECH office Ukraine” Adrey Biryukov; 
President of the NGO “Agency for European innovations” Ivan Kulchitsky; 
President of the NGO “Polesie Foundation for international and regional analysis”, representative of the project “Promotion of the agenda and institutional prerequisites for the development of digital competencies in Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia” Maxim Koryavets; 
Chief of staff of Sumy regional state administration Dmitry Zhivitsky; 
General Director of the Association of industrial automation enterprises of Ukraine Alexander Yurchak; 
General Director of the Association of information technology enterprises of Ukraine Yuri Peroganich.

As noted during the signing, national digital coalitions now established in 23 European countries. Digital coalitions are transparent partnerships between digital transformation objects, promoting digital skills in country members that work together to implement digital transformation, develop the digital economy and improve digital skills at the national, regional or local level.

Within the framework of the coalition created a working group for the development of digital skills, which included all universities-participants of the dComFra project consortium “Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens” of the European Union ERASMUS+ program.

All Digtal Week at NTU “KhPI”

The NTU “KhPI” held a week of webinars “Know, be able, use! All Digital Week. ” The All Digital Week event was held from March 23 to 26, 2020. in collaboration with the international project “dComFra – Digital competence framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens / dComFra (No. 598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP).”
In the framework of online seminars, teachers, scientists and other participants from different cities of Ukraine improved their basic digital and information skills. The organizers and speakers of the events were employees of the KhPI Scientific and Technical Library and the Department of Information Systems of NTU KhPI. According to the results of webinars, participants received certificates.
KhPI representatives held four online events. About search, analysis and systematization of information, as well as the formation of the scientist image in the information space, said the deputy Director of the KhPI Scientific and Technical Library Julia Glavcheva. The expert on the topic “Academic Virtue” was the director of the KhPI Scientific and Technical Library Larisa Semenenko. Information on digital competencies in Ukraine and Europe was presented by teachers of the Information Systems department: Associate Professor Anna Zavolodko and Professor Oleg Kasilov.

Webinar under All Digital Week

The Department of Systems Engineering of NURE, as part of the Erasmus + dComFra project, has joined the European initiative All Digital Week. On 27 March, 2020 the Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation Features Webinar for Teachers was held on the MS PowerPoint teaching methodology and its peculiarities for designing presentations for school lessons in various subjects.

 During the webinar examples of presentations for the lessons of computer science, geography, mother tongue and foreign language were presented; varieties and features of using animations in the PowerPoint application; the capabilities of the application to create your own graphic objects. The skills of working with this and other similar applications can be useful for conducting online lessons or for testing pupils’ knowledge.