Pilots, Workshops and dissemination activities at the Technical University – Sofia

Pilots  

The pilots at the Technical University of Sofia in Springwere conducted with 3 classes – second year bachelor degree students in Aviation engineering – obligatory course in Electronics (15 weeks), fourth year bachelor degree students (10 weeks – ASIC Design) and first year master degree students (15 weeks – Design and Analysis of CMOS IC). Second year students developed collaboratively 5 shared home assignments covering basic topics and one month long course work. Forth year students and master students used team work on common 3 month long project. In addition to the project work, students were required to submit five individual homework assignments. Each team had to choose a project subject from a list provided by the teacher. Two project milestones were set – intermediate report and final report.

All participants had to register individual Google and GitHub accounts (only for ASIC design and master course). The teacher was responsible for creating a Google Docs document for each project report and sharing it with the team. Students were encouraged to ask for help at any time without waiting for the scheduled classes. Usually they were getting a response during the same day. Announcements were made on a Google+ hangout and via email. Each class had a Google calendar with all relevant milestones and class schedules.

At the end of the semester, the projects or course work were presented by the teams. The scores were based on the project outcome, the individual home assignments and the activity of the student during the semester (email, participation in discussions, git commits).

Workshops

Two teachers workshops were organized at TUS (5 teachers) and TUES (33 teachers) about cloud technologies – collaborative tools, feature of Google applications and their usage in education.

Very successful was workshop for teachers from TUES, organized in the town of Dobriniste at 01.07.2015, which was combined with the teambuilding. Practical examples of courses, using such technologies of already conducted pilots in TUS and TUES were also considered. Main activities was done by TUES – very nice presentation of cloud technologies and hyperlink to all considered application was done by yang assistants from the Technical University, but delivering all his classes at TUES. There were very active and fruitful discussions after the presentation.  The school teachers were impressed from pilot results at their school; ask many questions, and express willingness a new workshop to be organized with the practical exercises on cloud technologies.

Meetings with Decision Makers      

Together with principle of TUES we have participated in two very important meetings with the Vice Minister of Education and with the Head of Educational Commission in Parliament, concerning new educational law, introducing new approaches in education and more practical training.  Our experience and results from applying collaborative learning with extensive use of digital cloud technologies was pointed as a good example to follow. In both meetings there were a lot of representative from schools, universities, business and industry. There was also one such meeting with Vice Minister of Regional Development for discussing the EU Program “Regions in growth 2015-2020” and role of education for the qualification and competences of future employees.

Publications

We have participated in two conferences with 3 papers already presented, and have prepared another 2 for publishing in the Annual Journal of Electronics, a part of the paper for Early symposium in Cyprus and one paper for the International Conference in Sozopol. The papers considered results from conducted pilots, and */features of the developed tool for analyzing collaborative artefacts in project based courses.

Tania Vasileva

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