In-House Teacher Training (TT) Course at Vanadzor State University (VSU)
12 Feb 2019
Internal Teacher Training Courses
In the frameworks of Erasmus+ PRINTeL project in February-March, 2019 a Teacher Training (TT) Course aimed at retraining VSU teaching staff members is programmed to be held at Vanadzor State University named after H. Tumanyan (VSU).
The trainers of the TT Course who passed ToT (Training of Teachers) Courses at 5 EU Project partner universities (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidade do Porto, Linköpings Universitet, FH Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH) have designed courses on teaching and learning in innovative methods and have programmed to share with their VSU colleague teachers all the experience they gained in the course of the trainings at the abovementioned universities.
The TT courses are going to be delivered by the 6 ToT courses participants from VSU and up to 60 VSU teaching staff members will undergo the TT course.
During the course VSU lecturers are going to be trained in a number of fields related to innovative technology-enhanced teaching and learning.
TT COURSE #6 “Video as a Learning Tool for Teachers &Students: Video Lecturing & Promoting Interaction in The Classroom”
Trainer: Associate Prof. Anna Khachatryan (VSU Faculty of Pedagogy, Chair of Psychology and Sociology)
From March 18 to 22, within the framework of ERASMUS + PRINTeL Project a teacher training course on “Video as a Learning Tool for Teachers &Students: Video Lecturing &Promoting Interaction in the Classroom” was held for VSU lecturers. The training was conducted by Anna Khachatryan, lecturer at the Chair of Psychology and Sociology.
The purpose of the training was to convey the skills and knowledge needed to create, use and disseminate video materials in the teaching process.
During the five-day training, the participants got acquainted with the resources of the creation and distribution of videos such as the leading "Panopto" platform, "Explain Everything", "IMovie" or "MiniMovie" apps, "Movavi" program. They discussed the principles of video effectiveness, the benefits of class visualization, the basic steps of creating a video, joint visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learning possibilities.
At the end of the training, the participants presented their videos, each of which had a functional significance: a homework assignment, reminder of key moments of the lecture, or a summary.
TT Course #5 “Active Learning, with Special Focus on Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning”
Trainer: Associate Prof. Kristine Ghazaryan (VSU Faculty of History and Geography, Chair of Philosophy and Political Science)
From March 11 to 15, in 2019, a five-day training course on “Active Learning, with special focus on Technology Enhanced Collaborative Learning” which was conducted by Kristine Ghazaryan, Assistant of the Chair of Philosophy and Politology at VSU, Candidate of Legal Sciences and Associate Professor, was organized at Vanadzor State University.
The training course was carried out on Google Drive platform, which provided the document circulation and the accessibility of the materials presented among the participants. The trainees accepted the usage of e-Portfolios with great enthusiasm. These e-Portfolios enabled the trainer to create a personal page, to prepare descriptors of students’ performance, as well as to create different systems that will support the trainers to conduct their courses and to assess the participants’ performance, such as Animaker, Canva, Prezi, Mindmup, Polleverywhere, Plickers, Mentimeter, etc. Several well-known methods were utilized in parallel with the improvement of the practical skills on online platform, such as Six Hats, One-Minute Questioning, TPACK, ADDIE, BLOOM Taxonomy, SMART, ABCD, etc.