The EFQUEL Innovation Forum provides prominent EFQUEL members space to discuss with participants their own approaches to innovation. On the 6th of September, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) will therefore organise an interactive workshop around the topic of innovation in Higher Education, using their own experiences as a starting point for working groups and discussions.
This workshop will be guided by two main areas of academic innovations that MESI has been introducing and supporting recently.
The first one comprises innovative experience and processes in an umbrella university management which are defined by new global trends of digital world as well as specific features of MESI being one of the largest Russian universities for the scale of students and affiliations which ought to comply with common academic standards and national curriculum. MESI has implemented new ‘e’ approaches to the main management functions (incl. planning, motivation, control, etc.) which allow meeting the needs not only of modern university but also of new ‘digital’ students.
The second area of academic process innovation is introduction and usage of Web 2.0 services (such as Facebook, Twitter, ICQ, blogs, etc.) in teaching/learning process and its organization. Usage of Web 2.0 services not only provides natural communication, collaboration and learning environment for modern students and gives the opportunity to reach every learner on-demand and just-in-time but also builds the platform for efficient integration of formal and informal learning which is a crucial issue for the modern education.
The activities offered will be based on brainstorming ideas, small group collaboration, best practice demonstration, information and experience sharing and reflection aroud two main issues. The first issue will concern innovative university management in the digital world and the second issue relates to pros and cons of Web 2.0 usage in the academic process.
The worshop presenters are Natalia Tikhomirova, Maria Tatarinova, Liubov Dubeikovskaya and Irina Smirnova from the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI)