November 13, 2009
EHU Colleagues (L to R): Maryia Davidouskaia (w/child Zahar), EHU/SUNY Project Coordinator; Alexander Puptsev, Instructional Designer; Grigory Minenkov, Undergraduate School Dean; Anna Shauchenka, EHU/SUNY Project Assistant; Alexei Kaskevich, IT Department Director; Alexei Krivolap, Acting Director of Distance Learning Center
The Open Society Institute's Higher Education Support Program has funded a two-year extension of a joint grant with SUNY, originally begun in March, 2008, to enhance the distance learning programs at European Humanities University - International, located in Vilnius, Lithuania. A team of six SUNY experts under the leadership of COIL Director Jon Rubin will work with peers at EHU to create a more dynamic and sustainable educational infrastructure.
Two members of the COIL team, Jon Rubin and Eric Feinblatt, visited EHU on November 10-13 to hold a collaborative meeting with EHU administrators, staff and faculty, including EHU Rector, Anatolij Mikhailov. Project activities for the coming two years were discussed, and a number were highlighted. These included: professional development; quality assurance; collaborative international course development; the structure and sustainability of eLearning at EHU; implementation of administrative software and student information systems; the development of an online MA Program and the organization of an eLearning Conference, tentatively to be held in Vilnius in June, 2010.