On January 21-23, 2018, a group of teachers from the Institute of International Relations, consisting of associate professor R.Kryvonos and assistants S. Buta and O.Mishin took part in the training program "Teaching in a Multicultural Environment", which is a part of The project "Rethinking regional studies: The Baltic - Black Sea connection" ("Re-thinking regional studios: Baltic-Black Sea connections"), funded by the European Union's Erasmus + program. The training program provided short-term internships for Ukrainian university teachers from Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv and Mariupol at the Johan Skitte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu (TU) in the city of Tartu (Estonia).
The Tartu University was founded in 1632 by the Swedish King Carl Adolf (1594-1632) from the Vase dynasty - one of the three invincible generals of all time and nation. Accordingly, the University is one of the oldest high schools in Northern and Eastern Europe. Now the university has 9 faculties and 4 colleges. 18300 students study at the University, employing 3200 people (including 165 professors, 500 scientific workers).
During the training course, the participants listened to the lectures of the teachers of the University of Tartu and learned about the specifics of e-learning. An important part of the training was the study of the operation of the electronic learning management system "Moodle". In addition, the participants of the training had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the process of producing video lectures and holding distance seminars (the so-called "webinars").
The program allowed participants to gain skills in working with electronic tools with which distant higher education students are trained in the Republic of Estonia and other countries of the European Union. The experience will contribute to the gradual introduction of e-learning elements into the educational process at the Institute of International Relations Taras Shevchenko, as the leading institution of training Ukrainian specialists in international affairs.The main condition for the introduction of e-learning technologies is the further development of the material and technical base of our University, the expansion of opportunities and increasing the speed of access to electronic networks, increasing the number and availability of equipment.