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.

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.

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.

Safer Internet Day at NTU “KhPI”

On February 5-25, 2020, within the framework of the international event SAFER INTERNET DAY (SID2020), the Department of Information Systems of NTU “KhPI” with leading higher educational institutions and networking academies of Cisco, with the support of the Institute for Modernization of Educational Content, conducted an online lesson “Internet: How to Play, Learn and Work Safely” .
The digital development and integration of Ukraine into the European Digital Space (EU Single Digital Market) means improving the digital skills of young people and society as a whole in order to increase the employment rate of the population and the effective use of digital opportunities. Certification of knowledge and training in the field of “Informatics and information technology” as a means of increasing competencies.
It was conducted by Assistant Professor Nataliia Dzheniuk and Associate Professor Maksym Tolkachov. Educational institutions of Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy and Chernihiv regions were connected to the online lesson. Students, students, teachers and others wished to attend the event were among the attendees. Two classes were organized for registration: the first – for students of Kharkiv and Sumy regions, the second – for students of Poltava and Chernihiv regions. There were over 3500 registered.
The speakers were Baranovsky O., Ph.D., CISSP, CISM, CEH, CHFI, Associate Professor of the Information Security Department of the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” and Baranenko RV, Professor of the Professional and Specialty Department disciplines of the Kherson faculty of Odessa State University of Internal Affairs.
The students were interested in the process of increasing their competence in the field of information technology. They look forward to new training courses and the ability to validate digital competencies by certification.
Information on the dComFra project and on the Digital Transformation Coalition was welcomed.
This year our Department of Information Systems is not the first time participating in the international event SAFER INTERNET DAY.

Info Day 2020 at NTU KhPI

Day of open doors «Vacations with the Polytech» was hold in NTU “KhPI” for prospective students and their parents. The department of Information Systems presented developments accomplished within dComFra project and proposed to take part in the coming trainings.

Info Day at NTU KhPI

17 November 2019. Day of open doors was hold in NTU “KhPI” for prospective students and their parents. The department of Information Systems presented developments accomplished within dComfra project and proposed to take part in the coming trainings.

CodeWeek 2019 at NTU KhPI

As part of the CodeWeek international event, the Department of Information Systems of NTU “KhPI” held a number of webinars:

October 9, 2019, the seminar “Uniform use of the processor”. October 9, 2019 – “Uniform use of the processor”. The webinar allowed us to mention the general concepts of operating systems; to understand algorithms of planning of processes, to get acquainted with an example of construction of diagrams on Scratch.

October 11, 2019 – “Static websites builder Websites portability”.  A webinar, combining the efforts of practice and science, the topic “How not having the knowledge of the developer to create your website?” Was available. The material that was given in this webinar can be applied as enhancing the competencies of teachers, senior pupils, students, teachers and other layers of the population of the benefit.

October 18, 2019 the seminar – “Improvement of digital competences citizen”  The webinar examined the framework for increasing digital competencies for teachers and other citizens of Ukraine.

October 23, 2019 – “The Digital Competency Framework for Teachers and Other Citizens of Ukraine / dComFra.” Digital Development and Integration of Ukraine into the European Digital Space (Single Digital RinokES) implies improving the digital skills of youth and society as a whole to increase employment and use of digital opportunities Certification of knowledge and training in the field of “Informatics and Information Technologies” as a means of enhancing competencies.

October 29, 2019 – “Digital Competence Framework for Ukrainian Citizens.

Speakers of the entry point are Zfort software architect Valery Zavolodko, prof. Vitaly Breslavets, prof. Oleg Kasilov, Assoc. Ganna Zavolodko.

In addition to online listeners, we have collected 2 student audiences. One kennel audience at the KhPI department of “Information Systems” is another in the KhIRE department of Microprocessor Technologies and Systems. We have a kennel online broadcast. Teachers check trainings to enhance their digital competencies. Information about the dComFra project and the “Digital Transformation Coalition” was positively received by the participants of the seminar.

This year, the Department of Information Systems first participated in the CodeWeek4 Challenge, but received an event award. It was a good experience, which we will be happy to repeat next year.

Information Day

09/20/19 An information day was held in the framework of which Professor Andrii Biloshchytskyi, Head of the Chair of Information Systems and Technologies Department. the students were told about the progress of Erasmus + Program implementation in KA2: Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education, the dComFra – Digital Competence Framework for Ukrainian teachers and other citizens, and about the project objectives, namely:

Develop a Ukrainian framework for digital competences for educators and citizens based on the European Framework for Digital Competences for Educators and Citizens;

Establish a Ukrainian national digital network. With the participation of Ukrainian partners, create the basis of the network. With the involvement of European partners, gain experience of national networks of European countries; Build the dComFra infrastructure and tools: create digital competence centers with a suite of necessary software and equipment for the practical implementation of a project-oriented approach; create and manage a distance learning structure; to prepare several special groups of citizens (IDPs and IDP veterans); to establish centers of the Ukrainian National Digital Network; to create a distance education platform to enhance the qualifications of school teachers and teachers of vocational education institutions and all concerned population groups.

Studying Romanian experience in distance learning and digital technologies

From September 9 to September 12, 2019, trainings of representatives of partner universities of the project “Digital Competence Framework for Ukrainian Teachers and Other Citizens” (598236-EPP-1-2018-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP) were held at the University Politehnica of Bucharest. The training was attended by the staff of DonNTU Professor Olga Dmitrieva, Assistant Professor Natalia Kostyukova, Head of the Information and Computing Center Natalia Chenikalova.

The training was devoted to acquaintance with the digital competences used in Romania and the organization of distance learning courses on the Moodle platform, the features of the use of this platform in university education. The reports of Romanian colleagues on data security in cloud storage, the creation of digital textbooks and online manuals, and the evolution of educational standards were interesting and useful. In addition, the training participants had the opportunity to visit university laboratories and units: the Center for Advanced Research on New Materials, Products and Innovative Processes (CAMPUS), the 3D Printing and Virtual Reality Laboratory.