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DisCo 2013: Danyliuk and Paschenko -  Virtual Mobility of University Teaching Staff

DisCo 2013: Danyliuk and Paschenko - Virtual Mobility of University Teaching Staff



Globalization through the mediation of information and communication technologies influences greatly higher education (appearing transnational education, great amount of alternative providers of ...

Globalization through the mediation of information and communication technologies influences greatly higher education (appearing transnational education, great amount of alternative providers of higher education and runaway staff mobility in virtual space). Virtual mobility attracts attention of politicians and experts in the field of education (“The Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area” – Salamanca Convention, 2001, includes an idea of joint European approach to virtual mobility and transnational education; “Mobility for Better Learning” – Mobility strategy 2020 for the European Higher Education Area, 2011) and scientists (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine project “International Education on the Basis of Flexible Centers of Distance Technologies and Computer-Tele-Communicational Networks”). Problem of mobility is one of the most disputable among higher education researchers in Europe. Development of virtual academic mobility transforms modern education into a social institution which could provide different educational services to humans for their lifelong learning. Modern situation demands attention to distance education development through creation of specialized informationaleducational courses and areas of e-learning, development of e-libraries and databases, support of “network lecturers” and e-courses developers. It should stimulate university staff media-educational training they could project educational environment using modern information technologies. Our task was to investigate Ukrainian academicians’ experience and e-competences necessary for participation in virtual mobility processes (sample – 710). The instruments of measurement and diagnostics were a specially constructed questionnaire and a method of self-evaluation of ecompetences necessary for effective participation in virtual academic mobility.



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  • ALA - American Library Association CILIP – the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • Crowdsourcing is a solution of socially important tasks by forces of volunteers who often coordinate their activity with the help of information technologies.
  • In order to investigate it we set 7 points scale and asked university lecturers to evaluate level of their e-competences in each of 4 types of literacy. The range of points included “master” (7), “very good” (6), “good enough” (5), “satisfactory” (4), “beginner level” (3), “poor” (2), “absent” (1). We could summarize that majority of university lecturers evaluate their technological and informational competences as well-developed. At the same time educational and innovative literacy of staff which includes competences in ICT-technologies creative using for e-teaching in distance education and necessary for their virtual mobility was evaluated by them as much less developed. About one-fourth of respondents (25,4%) evaluated their e-competences important for virtual mobility as poorly developed.
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DisCo 2013: Danyliuk and Paschenko -  Virtual Mobility of University Teaching Staff DisCo 2013: Danyliuk and Paschenko - Virtual Mobility of University Teaching Staff Presentation Transcript

  • Virtual Mobility of University Teaching Staff Prof., Dr. Sc. Ivan Danyliuk Post-Doc Svitlana Paschenko TARAS SHEVCHENKO NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF KYIV (UKRAINE) Department of Psychology: www.psy.univ.kiev.ua
  • AGENDA • Introduction • Theoretical framework: concept of virtual academic mobility • Pros & Contras • National context: research and discussion • Challenges and needs • Conclusion and perspectives
  • E-Bologna (EADTU) as an electronic perspective of the Bologna process has such aims as: • generating European electronic environment for the BP implementation • virtual mobility development • making digital network for integration of national & regional universities in synergetic network of e-learning
  • VIRTUAL ACADEMIC MOBILITY • Wide choice of programs, forms and methods of learning and teaching (for students & lecturers) • System of inter-universities network connection for effective information exchange • Informational, consulting and resource assistance to the universities for their participation in integrative processes in open education area
  • European approach toward dissemination of virtual mobility – European Union Resolution (2012) 1. For Students: using Internet, multimedia and virtual resources for more successful and dynamic realization of lifelong learning 2. For Lecturers: basic training of university lecturers and ICT instructors in order to develop their digital culture as one of the main elements of their teaching competence and to motivate them for more active ICT using in teaching process 3. For Universities: communicative possibilities of ICT for increasing level of knowledge, exchange and cooperation, introduction of European experience into education programs and implementation of virtual mobility which develops habits and skills necessary for life and work in multicultural and multilingual society
  • Main Aims of Staff Mobility • Euro-centered open labor market for academicians • Experience and knowledge exchange • Professional development • Additional possibilities which are “closed” at the native university • Breakthrough of national reticence and acquisition of global perspective • Providing joint education programs
  • e-MOVE http://www.eadtu.nl/e-move http://www.morevm.org http://morevm.org/virtualmobility101 http://www.movinter.eu
  • Information & Digital Literacy
  • Information literacy • UNESCO 2003: – “information literacy should be introduced wherever possible within national curricula as well as tertiary, non-formal and lifelong learning programmes” • Information literacy is the ability to identify need, locate, retrieve, evaluate and use relevant information effectively (ALA & CILIP) • The challenge of trust on the Web Pickard, A. J., Shenton, A. K. & & Johnson, A. (2013) Young people and the evaluation of information on the web: principles, practice and beliefs. JOLIS
  • Digital Literacy Digital Britain Media Literacy Working Group. (March 2009), DigEuLit – a European Framework for Digital Literacy (2005), and Jenkins et al., (2006) Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.
  • DisCo Competence of Lecturers Distance Teaching and Communication • Digital culture development • Cross-cultural communication • Special teaching methods • Mobility
  • New on-line Courses – New on-line Platforms • video format • interactive training & exercises • automated algorithms of selection and analysis of discussions and forums results which allow lecturer to contact with thousands of students simultaneously answering the most significant questions • peer-cooperation and mutual evaluation of assignments by students themselves (crowdsourcing)
  • Shaping Success in Business and Finance Study with LSBF Online Shaping Success in Business and Finance StudyInteractive.org • HD Quality Video • Same lectures as at LSBF London • Online Tests and Assessments • Live classes • Online Learning Community • Online Library Study anytime, anywhere
  • LSBF Online: InterActive Learning Video Presentation slides Forum, discussions
  • Research Aims • Discover experience of academic mobility in Ukrainian university lecturers • Define the level of their e- competences development
  • 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 1 Academic Mobility Experience of Ukrainian University Teaching Staff Scientific Conferences Participation Teaching at Foreign (Host) University Research at Foreign (Host) University Teaching in Universities Consortia Receiving Academic Degree at Foreign University Teaching as a Virtual Lecturer & Webinar Presenter e-Program Developer
  • E-Competences Kyvik, S. (2012) “The academic researcher role: enhancing expectations and improved performance”, Higher Education, vol. 65, issue 4, pp 525-538. Technological literacy an ability to use ICT Innovative literacy methodologies in virtual scenarios Educational literacy an ability to work in cross-cultural environment and to use new methods of teaching fruitful in distance group work Informational literacy and use information
  • Virtual Mobility e-Competence Technological Literacy Educational Literacy Innovative Literacy Informational Literacy
  • Levels of Virtual Mobility e-Competences’ Development in Ukrainian University Teaching Staff • 34,3% - high level • 40,3% - middle level • 25,4% - low level Self-Assessment Method Levels of Virtual Mobilitye-Competences 34% 41% 25%
  • VIRTUAL MOBILITY advantages VS limits • university teaching staff training for participation in the programs of mobility • reducing "brain drain" • home and host universities’ educational programs equivalence • comparableness of educational processes at home and host universities • reducing asymmetry of academic mobility • organization of academic mobility development in universities • designing joint education programs • developing e-competences • legal basis limitations • shortage of lecturers’ training for their work in virtual education area • lack of support for lecturers – developers of e-courses • unavailability of universities to participate in virtual forms of mobility • reduced e-competences in academicians • psychological barriers and lack of readiness to participate in e- mobility • low motivation • conservative views to higher education area
  • OUTCOMES – Accessibility of distance technologies – System of motivation and support for the lecturers who use DET (distance education technologies) both in native and host university – Organizing and managing international cooperation between universities – Support lecturers’ professional development in in the field of e-competences – Stimulating virtual mobility of staff
  • IMPORTANT CONCLUSION • DETs and virtual mobility can not substitute completely physical mobility • We insist on a “humanistic” model of DET using where the key figure is a HUMAN – a lecturer. A part of DET is to assist him (her) in detecting ideas and conducting education process on the top level of efficiency according to modern standards of quality
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! dank07@ukr.net s_paschenko@mail.ru
  • Acknowledgment • To the Scientific committee of the 8-th DisCo International Conference • To Charles University • To Central European Initiative • To Jan Beseda personally • To Prague townspeople who subdued the elements and hold out against flood 3 weeks ago FOR PLEASANT OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN VERY IMPRESSIVE SCIENTIFIC EVENT AND VISIT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE WORLD! Děkuji vám!