26.04.2021 | 
Science
YSU Chair of Mathematical Modeling in Economics, participant of "topas" program
YSU Chair of Mathematical Modeling in Economics, participant of "topas" program
From Theoretical-Oriented to Practical Education in Agrarian Studies (TOPAS) Erasmus+ KA-2 585603-EPP-1-2017-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP Work Package 2: Student-centred Teaching, Learning & Assessment․

Yerevan State University participated in the project From Theoretical-Oriented to Practical Education in Agrarian Studies (TOPAS) Erasmus+ KA-2. The TOPAS project aims at filling the gap within a common former soviet inherited agricultural sciences higher education system in Ukraine, Armenia and Uzbekistan, introducing and improving vocationally oriented practical programs based on a learning outcomes and competencies approach, targeting new and old graduates, with flexible learning pathways and permeability among the different agrarian management programs, while fostering partnership between universities and stakeholders (farm industry and associations), and practical training in real working environment to provide a better match between job market needs and the qualifications offered.

Progress and performance must be measured to attest a development in the project. With few, but carefully selected indicators, it is possible to get a good overview on the progress and performance.

Among those indicators there are several indicators dealing with satisfaction of key stakeholders – students, teachers and employers. Those indicators of satisfaction are: 1) % of satisfaction from employers and educators with content of new curricula and new key qualifications; 2) % of students’ satisfaction with teaching competences; 3) % of students’ satisfaction with competences acquired; 4) % of teacher’s satisfaction with resources available. The Consortium believed that the best way to gauge how much those stakeholders are content with situation as of today was to resort to qualitative research methods, e. g. surveys.

YSU participation in the project allowed to present results of the study according to project activities. Thus, in the workshops, organized in HEI presented YSU participants expiriens in

  • Distributing classroom study materials one week before the lecture and discussing these with students during the lecture (flipped learning)
  • Distributing between students envelopes with results of assessments related to their written answers to previous questions (peer learning).
  • Using Microsoft Access Management for the management of the information from the agricultural single data base file.
  • The Desktop application has been written in Scala programming language
  • Assessment of teachers activities to organize student centered classes at YSU
  • Restructuring of agricultural economy  education in YSU:   
    Master program in Data Science for Agriculture Business
  • Datacollection for Machinery-Data

Activities of YSU participants presented in workshops organized during project implementation.

List of YSU presentations

  1. Restructuring of agricultural economy  education in YSU:   
    Master program in Data Science for Agriculture Business
  2. Data collection for Machinery-Data
  3. Assessment of teachers activities to organize student centred classes at YSU
  4. The Desktop application has been written in Scala programming language
  5. Distributing between students envelopes with results of assessments related to their written answers to previous questions (peer learning).
  6. Distributing classroom study materials one week before the lecture and discussing these with students during the lecture (flipped learning)
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