Webinar on EduEnvi Piloting Results

Time: Tue 31st March at 12:00-13.30 UTC +3h, Moscow time
Zoom link: https://tuni.zoom.us/j/7717026478

During the autumn 2019, pilots of 20 online courses on sustainable waste management developed in EduEnvi have been carried out. In the webinar results from the online course pilots will be presented and concrete case examples will be shared.

The webinar is open for all interested stakeholders. The language of the webinar is English. The webinar will be recorded.

Here the webinar programme and the webinar online link

The webinar is open for all, but registration is expected: Registration to the webinar

More information: Zhanar Shortanbayeva, Deputy Head of Thermophysics and Technical Physics Department, Senior Lecturer of Al-Farabi Kazakh National Univeristy; Zhanar.Shortanbaeva(at)kaznu.kz

Information about webinar:

The webinar of the project EduEnvi was organized at 31st of March 2020. 86 people were registered for the webinar and 50 people took part. Teachers, students, representatives of enterprises, as well as stakeholders from Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain, Denmark, Finland and Greece participated in the webinar.

The webinar demonstrated the results of piloting courses uploaded to the platforms of Al-Farabi KazNU and the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, and the participants shared by concrete examples from practice.

In the developed courses were used the knowledge and skills necessary to create courses for online learning, which were acquired during training at workshops that took place at the University of Applied Sciences Tampere, Finland, on the use of innovative technologies such as Socrative, Aswergarden, padlet, prezi, screecast matic, google my maps, zoom, etc .; at the University of Applied sciences in Lillebaelt, Denmark, the purpose of which was the use of problem learning methods aimed at the development of scientific thinking, and at cooperation between the university and the industry; as well as at the University of Valladolid, whose goal was to explore the latest best practices in sustainable waste management.

Thus, the teachers took part in the development of online courses, which were successfully completed and piloted during the end of 2019, and the beginning of 2020, and the results of which were presented at the webinar.


How to cooperate with industry on a problem within Sustainable Waste Management

One focus in EduEnvi has been on Learning Innovation and Entrepreneurship through University Industry cooperation. During the project a serie of workshops have been organized within the theme and a handbook of How to cooperate with industry on a problem within Sustainable Waste Management is published. The work is led by UCL University College from Denmark.

The purpose of the workshops organized within the theme has been to introduce the participating teachers to industry/university collaboration in order to instruct them in including casework in their teaching.

According to UCL teachers Elisabeth Agerbaek and Ellen Houmoeller, the Enhancing Competences of Sustainable Waste Management, cannot be done separated from its contexts. In other words, the premise is that the learning of the competences are done best as “learning by doing”. Thus, the breeding ground of the workshops is for the teachers to learn how to place the students in this kind of context and provide with the necessary tools.

Involving industry challenges in everyday teaching involves a series of additional challenges for a teacher. In order to prepare each teacher to deal with these challenges, the workshops revolved around the context of an industry/university collaboration used at UCL, Denmark.

The workshops were constructed based on significant phases that are necessary when initiating the collaborations as well as phases during the project and after the end of project.

The first step of the workshop is to instruct the teachers in how to create contact with a local industry. The next step is to provide the teachers with tools in order to create a project description. Furthermore, the following steps of the workshop is to instruct the teachers in facilitating the project as well as executing the project themselves with focus on facilitation and collaboration. The final step in completing the workshop is to provide the teachers with the tools to evaluate the process and the outcome.

An excursion during the teacher-training workshop held in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan for participants from Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and M. Auezov South-Kazakhstan State University.

ErasmusDays was conducted on October 11, 2019, in Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University

Representatives of government agencies, entrepreneurs, teachers of educational institutions, undergraduates and students were invited to this event. The EduEnvi project working group prepared exhibition material. Associate Professor A. Kurmanbaeva made a presentation devoted to implementation of the EduEnvi project and development of cooperation with industry in the field of waste management. The message from the project coordinator Ella Kallio (TAMK, Finland) was heard with great attention.


Text by, Aygul Kurmanbaeva, Shokan Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University

Participating seminar in Helsinki to catalyze new green businesses

On September 5-6, 2019, Olga Sergienko,   by the invitation of the project’s associated partners, General Director of JSC “Kosmos”, Evgenia Koroleva and Director of the non-commercial organization “Association of Ecological Partnership” Boris Krylov, took part in the international scientific seminar in the framework of the project  “Cata3Pult- Finnish -Russian public-private partnership catalyzing new green business”.

The seminar was devoted to a circular economy and digitalization of waste management in conditions of urban development. During the seminar the participants visited a number of environmental services in the Helsinki Region and  the cities of Helsinki and Vantaa as well as their energy companies implementing the “waste to energy” approach.  Interesting information was received that will be used in preparation of the online courses in EduEnvi project. The synergy of our two projects will continue to manifest itself, helping to increase their sustainability and dissemination of the results.

Boris Krylov, Evgenia Koroleva and Olga Sergienko at the Helsinki HSY waste sorting station.

Evgenia Koroleva and Olga Sergienko during the visit in Vantaa energia.


Stakeholders´ Need´s analysis as a part of the Curriculum design process

The Report of the completed need’s analysis is based on the discussions of internal and external stakeholders at the six local workshops organized by partner universities in the framework of the EduEnvi project. The workshops were held in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen (Russia) and Alma-Aty, Kokshetau and Shymkent (Kazakhstan) in February-April, 2018.

The purpose of the need’s analysis was to check the list of the courses to be developed within the EduEnvi project according to the assessment of the current gaps in sustainable waste management (SWM) and in the field of SWM education in Russia and Kazakhstan.

The report can be found from here.

Managerial Meeting on Quality assurance

The managers from partner universities assembled in Yekaterinburg on 4-5 June 2019 for the reports, prepared by Sergei Polbitsyn of Ural Federal university and Dina Williams of Manchester university on quality assurance results and further development.

All participants of the meeting approved that the progress of the project conforms the requirements of the grant agreement.

However, some issues to be improved were sounded. The first and the most important was the issue on reporting on activities. The information on few grant activities is lacking and it is needed to be presented on the grant website.

The external evaluator Dina Williams emphasized in her report that the partners are doing well with the delivering the expected outcomes, but partners lack attention to the information flows. She noted that it would be useful to adopt internal standards on what information must be posted on outcomes and activities.

The meeting was concluded with better understanding for further improvement of quality assessment of the grant.

Text by, Sergei Polbitsyn, UrFU

Project group hearing the external Quality evaluator Dr Dina Williams from Manchester University.

Reflecting the meeting.

EduEnvi presented in ECO-FORUM – 2019

Have being already traditional the annual ECO-FORUM – 2019 «The Ecology of the Big City” was conducted on March 20-22 in St. Petersburg.  Dr. Olga Sergienko, representing the EduEnvi project partner, ITMO University, was invited to make a presentation devoted to the project. The presentation were given at the panel session “Sustainable urban development” and called an interest among the participants.

See the project presentation here from Eco Forum. In Russian by Olga Sergienko, ITMO.

Olga Sergienko and associated partners

Olga Sergienko and Evgenia Koroleva

EduEnvi Mid-Project Meeting in Shymkent, Kazakhstan

One year of active working in EduEnvi is behind now and in the end of January EduEnvi project group met in the Mid-Project Meeting in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

Curriculum Content Planning Workshop

Auezov South Kazakhstan University hosted a meeting including sessions related to Curriculum Content Planning. The modules that the group concentrated this time relate to comprehensive risk assessment in waste management, biotechnologies for waste utilization, Non-energy technologies to waste utilization and life cycle assessment and life cycle costing. The courses were jointly developed as used to in EduEnvi project: the teachers responsible of the courses presented the course plans and workshop participants were able to comment and give feedback from the content and the pedagogical point of view. Also practical classes were carried out as demonstration. This way the teachers are able to test how the chosen pedagogical methods work in real life.

Midterm of the project

As the midterm of the project is coming closer, it was also valuable to have a week devoted for group work and checking the status of the project: “Where are we now”. In the workshop sessions themes such as Sustainblity of the project and Dissemination were discussed very practically.

To help the project implementation the National Erasmus officers from Kazakhstan and Russia have conducted advisory monitorings in the last few months. After these advisory monitorings the Erasmus officers gave practical recommendations for the project implementation. The EduEnvi project group found these recommendations very productive and helpful for the continuation of the project. During the meeting in Shymkent the project managers representing all the partner organizations gathered into a circle and deeply discussed these recommendations and made concrete plans on how to improve the project implementation.

All in all, the week in Shymkent was efficient and productive for EduEnvi. Though the project team has been working hard past few months developing the 8 online modules, everyone sees that the coming period is crucial on how the project succeeds. Sprint in the module development is needed. Refining all the online courses and preparing the piloting stage challenges all the project partners. However, the atmosphere is good and common goal is clear for all: Improving the education on Sustainable Waste Management for making better future.

Text by Pedro García (UVa), Ella Kallio (TAMK)

Photos from the meeting:

Opening of the meeting at M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University

Project group visiting the university museum.

Project partners from Spain, Finland and Kazakhstan.

Excursion to wastewater plants in Togus.

Workshop on project dissemination.


The report of A survey on skills and attitudes towards ICT in education

Read here the report of a survey that was carried out in the spring of 2018 before the project participants had started planning online courses.

The aim of this survey was twofold: 1) to gather information about the participants’ online teaching experience and their expectations of the upcoming two-week pedagogical workshop in Tampere, Finland, and 2) to investigate participants perceptions of online teaching and learning.

The latter aim sought answers to two questions :
How do the participants perceive a successful online course?
What are roles of teacher and student in their imagined course?

Author: Sisko Mällinen, TAMK Principal Lecturer, Professional Teacher Education