Teaching Modules and Courses
Continuous education / MOOC courses
Online learning and innovative teaching initiatives
A growing number of universities have been engaged in debates on how to advance their digital capabilities in light of the most recent technological developments. The University of Tartu and J. Skytte Institute are no exception to this trend. Various initiatives to advance online learning have been developed at the institute level, which include the exchange of good practices and cooperation possibilities in online learning, the development of MOOCs and e-courses, and the organization of practical workshops in the realm of digital teaching with involvement from external specialists.
Presentations on online learning activities
- Skytte Institute's online portfolio
- Skytte Institute’s online learning - activities overview
- InnovaEDU network (Nordplus development project, 15.05.19 – 01.05.2021)
Skytte Institute led a network of 5-innovation oriented universities in the Baltic-Nordic region, focusing on developing digital capacities of teaching and administrative/support staff, by delivering three seminars in Tartu, Uppsala and Aarhus. The detailed information can be found on the project’s website. The final deliverables of the project (final report and summary of good teaching practices can be accessed here and here). Brief infographics summarizing the project can be viewed here.
Learn to Te(a)ch seminar series:
- LTS: Unlocking the potential of online education (guest speaker, Tanja de Bie, Project coordinator Online Learning Lab, Leiden University) summary of the results of the seminar
- LTS: Widening the Horizons of New Learning (guest speaker, Mats Cullhed, Educational developer, Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning, Uppsala University)
Case studies of flexible learning environment
Staring from the spring of 2019, the J. Skytte Institute has built the capacities and infrastructure for the “flexible studio” – a movable set of equipment and tools (comprising of hardware, software and visualization tools and programs) which can be used for multiple purposes and borrowed by the teaching and administrative staff to support digital activities – be it either the production process of online learning and teaching content from start to finish and/or project management and marketing activities.
The idea for "Flexible studio" implementation was motivated by the need to support creation and editing processes of projects and teaching activities conducted by Skytte Institute which contain an e-learning competent. In order to get acquired with the programs and equipment, several training sessions have been conducted for the teaching and administrative staff of the institute:
- "Informal Training Session: Digital and online learning software programs at Skytte", 03.05.2019.
- “Pop-up info session on new teaching equipment", 16.05.2019.
- "Follow-up info session: software and hardware learning programs at Skytte", 22.08.2019.
During 2020/2021 academic year, the whole digital infrastructure of the classrooms at the institute has been upgraded to support online and hybrid teaching activities. Thus, all classes have been re-quipped with the PTZ cameras (Logitech Rally); audio mixers and set of microphones as well new projectors and PCs to facilitate smooth teaching and learning process. All classrooms include brief manuals on the use of equipment, which help teaching staff to quickly get started with the new technology. For more information about new equipment and its use – please contact Anna Beitane, anna.beitane [ät] ut.ee Information about rental of classrooms can be found here.
Visits and exchange with best practices in online learning
Skytte Institute hosted and shared information about its activities with a number of organizations, including representatives from the European External Action Service (EEAS), Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, University of Westminster, London; as well as presented its e-learning portfolio within the framework of the training directors’ programme of the 18th European Diplomatic Programme "The EU Global Strategy: from Vision to Action" hosted during Estonian presidency of the EU Council.
In addition, the J. Skytte Institute exchanges good teaching practices, concerning innovative teaching and digital tools, and participates in Departmental Faculty Development Seminar at the Baltic Defense College. Several trainings focusing on the development of online and blended courses have been organized within the framework of Erasmus+ Capacity Building project “Rethinking Regional Studies: the Baltic-Black Sea Connection”.
List of publications related to online and blended learning practices, includes:
- Stefano Braghiroli and Anna Beitane (2021). A Closer Look: Contextualizing the Impact of E-Learning on Study Performance. Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, No.2 (27), 2021, pp.21-22.
- Anna Beitane (2019). Teaching with the MOOC: Opportunities and Good Practices of Teaching European Studies Online. In: Andrey Makarychev and Thomas Krüssmann (eds). Europe in the Caucasus, Caucasus in Europe. Perspectives on the Construction of a Region, European Studies in the Caucasus, Vol.1, Ibidem-Verlag, pp.321-332.