The main goal of this WP is to define the foundations for the subsequent WPs. Particularly, WP1 outcomes will be important for the WP2, WP5 and WP7 tasks in terms of developing procedures and guidelines for implementation of the project.
At the initial meeting the Steering Committee will be confirmed, the action plans for project management, monitoring and sustainability will be developed. This Steering Committee will organize a short time meeting during the project lifetime for discussion the project lifecycle in terms of management, quality assurance and monitoring. Additionally, during this meeting, USC will conduct training on modern pedagogical technologies based on the EU educational system for the staff of CA partner HEIs.
CA partner HEIs will conduct surveys and analysis of an academic and industrial sphere, to define the demands for IBDA, therefore outlining the groundings for further development of module-based IBDA courses, after the first meeting.
POLITO will start EU programs analysis on IBDA from the first project month. Consequently, on the basis of the correlation of results of EU programs analysis and CA partner HEIs survey results, POLITO will develop the report, which contains offers and recommendations for further IBDA courses development as described in WP3.
- Mobility to Europe
- Training on the modern pedagogical technologies based on EU experience
- Survey and analysis of an academic and industrial sphere where IBDA is mostly demanded in CA countries
- Analysis of the EU programs on IBDA
- Action and teacher training plans on developing module based courses on IBDA for CA partner HEIs
- Surveyed and analyzed academic and industrial spheres where IBDA is mostly demanded in CA countries
- Analyzed EU programs on IBDA
The WP2 is considered to be the core work package from an academic competence building point of view. The activities of this WP will be focused on building the English and subject-oriented competence of CA partner HEIs academic staff.
As the instruction language in TTPU is English, its academic staff will develop a subject-oriented English training program and content. Moreover, TTPU will conduct webinars for the rest of CA partner HEIs academic staff on applying the program for the training of their local staff. Afterward, the academic staff of each CA partner HEI (except TTPU) will conduct English training for the local staff using the English training program. Overall, The English training course will last for four months.
The next stage considers enhancing the IBDA subject-oriented capacity of academic staff from CA partner HEIs. Therefore, two weeks long CA staff mobilities to the USC, POLITO and UP will be carried out. The total number of participating academic staff from CA partner HEIs will be 80 (8 teachers from each). It is expected that this study period will boost the training of the CA university teachers – who will gain comprehensive experience of the education and pedagogical styles of EU universities too. This will also contribute significantly to the sustainability of the project. The academic staffs’ benefiting from these training periods in EU universities will bring with them new knowledge and experiences which they can rely on in their later academic career.
Furthermore, for provision dissemination and sustainability of the project, the teaching staff from EU partners also will be involved in the staff mobility visits program (2 weeks long) to each CA partner country to deliver the professional modules and share their pedagogical skills and experiences on IBDA.
- Developing program and conduct webinar on English training for CA staff
- Training CA staff in English
- Training CA academic staff in EU on IBDA methodologies and skills on corresponding software
- Retraining CA academic staff on IBDA by EU experts in CA partner HEIs
- The enhanced academic capacity of CA partner staff in a subject-oriented English and in IBDA methodologies and skills on corresponding software
WP3 will play one of the key roles in the delivery of a particular specific objective of the project, that is “To develop a multidisciplinary package of module-based courses on IBDA for bachelor and master programs, training in 10 universities and industrial companies in CA”. Accordingly, the activities of this WP will be focused on the comprehensive development of the multidisciplinary package of module-based IBDA courses.
First and foremost, POLITO and UP will be responsible for the elaboration of the needed courses on IBDA. This EU partner will deliver this in accordance with the comprehensive report, which is developed during WP1 by POLITO.
Following, CA partner HEIs will collectively develop the package of module-based courses on IBDA. In order to improve and ensure the quality of the package, benchmarking will be performed through pilot implementation of the package. After benchmarking, the package content will be revised. Overall, the above-mentioned procedures will be observed by EU partner HEIs for the provision quality of the package.
- Elaboration of programs of the needed courses on IBDA
- Development of the module based courses on IBDA
- Testing developed IDBA courses through its pilot implementation
- Revision and confirmation of the courses on IBDA
- Developed module-based courses’ curriculum, syllabuses
- Tested IBDA courses through its pilot implementation to existing bachelor and master programs and for professionals’ training according to defined needs analysis
- Revised content of IBDA courses
Within this WP in each CA partner, HEI IBDA Centers will be established under the guidelines of CESGA. IBDA Centre will be equipped with the necessary hardware, software and communication infrastructure to support implementation and evolvement. Specific instructions will be given to institutions on securing the necessary requirements for the ICT resources. Equipment installation is done by each CA partner HEIs technical staff. Monitoring and local supervising of IBDA Centers will belong to the IT department of each CA partner HEI and they will responsible for the maintenance and safety of the center. This provides for the sustainability of the functioning of the IBDA Centers after the project lifetime.
Finally, for sharing the researches and the resources among the established Computing Centers there will be created the common platform by TTPU and IITU. But each CA university will be responsible for maintaining it. All activities of the WP during the project life will be carried out under the management of the USC and UP.
- Purchase of equipment/literature and software installation for IBDA Centers
- Framework developing and establishing IBDA professional and academic network between project partners
- Established IBDA Centers supported with hardware and software solutions, literature in each CA partner HEIs
- Established professional and academic network IBDA Centers of CA partner HEIs
The goal of this WP is to provide project quality control and monitoring throughout the project duration resulting in project quality assurance (QA). QA will be realized on internal and external levels. According to WP4 and WP7, the cloud project management platform will be implemented for project lifecycle management. The webinar on the exploitation of the platform will be conducted by the TTPU team. This will also play a significant role in ensuring project QA.
Each CA local coordinators and the project team will be established at the beginning of the project, with the main task of managing internal QA. They generate internal QA reports and upload them twice a year into the cloud project management platform with the linking them to the appropriate tasks. Regional coordinators and the Steering Committee of the project will monitor this procedure. The reports will indicate all the problems encountered, followed by suggestions on how to overcome them, possible comments and suggestions by partner universities on how to improve QA, as well as feedbacks, questionnaires obtained during project development and implementation. Each WP leading institution will be responsible for monitoring the corresponding work package. External QA will be conducted by the USC, involving external evaluation and auditing service in the EU. The official reports from external evaluators will be received and included in the final report.
A work plan for carrying out external QA will be created at the beginning of the project and used to monitor the external QA activities. External QA reports will be generated at the end of each project year and reviewed by the main coordinator (USC) and the Steering Committee in annual meetings.
As the main purpose of the project is developing the package of IBDA courses, the quality of them is very important for success. That is why the primary focus intended on ensuring quality. As POLITO analyses the EU content of EU programs on IBDA, the overall monitoring of the developed package and course materials supervised by POLITO with the support of UP.
The Ministries of Higher Education and National Erasmus+ Offices (NEO) in CA countries will assess to evaluate the project as internal experts too. In both internal and external QA activities, the focus will be on the quality of the package content, academic and professional networks, as well as the quality of IBDA Centers and the project web site content.
The project coordinator and regional coordinators will be responsible for final report preparation. The aggregated materials regarding the project lifecycle (teaching and learning materials reports) will be used in this procedure.
- Training to using cloud project management platforms via webinar
- Quality control and monitoring the project activities via implemented cloud project management platform
- External expertise of the developed packages of IBDA courses and Centers
- Preparing project final report based on implemented cloud project management platform
- Provided Quality Assurance by quality control and monitoring the project activities via implemented cloud project management platform
- Evaluation of the project
- Final report
The project results will be presented to the wider community, not only through papers and workshops at highly rated regional academic conferences and by uploading materials to official educational sites but also by proactively engaging the professional and academic network of IBDA centers (thematically bound web platform, thematic groups and pages in social media). All the results of dissemination activities will be linked to respective tasks in the cloud project management platform.
As the project website plays a significant role in dissemination activities, the website of the project will be developed and maintained by the UP team during the whole project lifetime. On top of that, the UP will be responsible for monitoring dissemination activities from the EU.
Additionally, in terms of strengthening dissemination, a knowledge base on IBDA and competition for IBDA applications will be conducted. Responsible for developing knowledgebase will be UP. Competition of IBDA applications will be conducted by BETI.
The project sustainability will depend on the dissemination activities as much as on successful implementation at CA partner HEIs. Carefully designed dissemination roadmap and activities carried out at the CA partner HEIs will ensure an increasing number of IBDA Center users and the high demand for the highly skilled graduates year after year. The IBDA Centers activities, video lectures, training, professional and academic networks will support the sustainability of the project results. In this WP the following associated partners will actively take part also in dissemination processes:
- Ministries of Higher Education of all CA partner HEIs
- Center for Implementation of E-learning in Educational Institutions
- Central Asian Women in Mathematics Association
- National Testing Centre under the President of Tajikistan
It is planned to sign agreements with labor market partners, to secure the sustainability of academic-entrepreneurial cooperation and expert consultation. Stakeholders of CA partner countries will be involved in signing agreements/contracts for performing researches and student internship activities.
- Development of dissemination roadmap and monitoring project dissemination through the cloud management platform
- Development of the project Web site
- Dissemination of IBDA training courses and project expertise to the regional educational and industrial community
- Arrangement of the knowledgebase on IBDA shared through the project web site
- Organizing competition on IBDA applications between CA partner HEIs
- Extending collaboration between industry and CA‐EU partner HEIs
- Disseminated training courses and shared expertise on IBDA to the regional educational and industrial community via project Website, IBDA professional and academic network, HEIs’ official portals, Social Media.
- Shared challenges of IBDA applications between CA partner HEIs
- Extended collaboration between industry and CA‐EU partner HEIs
The main instrument for partnership management within the consortium will be the organization of the Steering Committee and the SC meeting for the purpose of consensual decision-making with the participation of every partner HEI involved. USC will function as Project coordinator, TTPU will be CA Coordinator.
Effective communication between the consortium members will be established with the use of the Microsoft cloud project management platform. The local level of the project management will be covered by the project workgroups created in every HEI participating in the project implementation. Those local workgroups will be responsible for solving current problems of the project development, implementation and dissemination of the project results on their respective regional levels.
The main driver of efficient project management will be the implementation of the Microsoft cloud project management platform. TTPU will develop a framework in the platform. Moreover, TTPU will conduct a webinar on the effective exploitation of the platform. This way, all the partners will precisely accomplish their own tasks effectively collaborating with other teams, using allocated resources, meeting deadlines. The partners with control and monitoring privileges will track the statuses of the tasks and if necessary perform actions to manipulate the processes. As a result, a new methodology and approach for project lifecycle management will be formulated within this WP. This experience will be also disseminated at the regional level.
- Overall project management
- Defining project working for team and task distribution
- Academically coordination of the courses developing and testing
- Coordination of the IBDA Centers and project Web site
- Control action plan
- Defined responsibilities of partners during the project
- Managed all academic activities
- Managed administrative and financial works