Sofia University “St. Kilment Ohridski” is the oldest school of Higher Education in Bulgaria, with 16 Faculties and more than 104 Bachelor and over 400 Master degree programmes in Humanities and Sciences. The University academic and teaching staff consists of over 1,800 people employed full time. The staff are involved in a range of research projects at international and national level, including projects funded by the EU programmes – 6th and 7th Framework Programmes, the SOCRATES and LEONARDO programmes, the Lifelong Learning
Programme, as well as projects funded by the World Bank, the Open Society Foundation, the National Scientific and Research Fund, the EU structural fund and many other national and international donors.
The Integral University Elearning center (http://e-center.uni-sofia.bg/), which is situated at the Sofia University and is based at the Faculty of Education is uniting all educational professionals from university. It has developed a strong expertise in ICT in teaching and learning over the 6 years of its existence. With 7 successful large scale national and international projects, the Elearning centre established itself as a leading unit in ICT in teacher training, university staff development, elearning design and implementation, distance education.
The Elearning centre team consists of teaching staff, young researchers and PhD students with high level competencies in elearning design and delivery in the context of Formal and Non-formal, Higher and Secondary education.
Sofia University is going to lead the WP7 – Design and development of the pilots. It is also going to contribute to WP 2, 6, 8 and 9.
The Faculty of Education and the Elearning centre team staff in particular are running courses in ICT in Education at Bachelor and Master Degree level. The Master Degree programme “ICT in education” offers modules in online learning design and implementation. One of the courses offered in this program is E-assessment. In the frame of the EU structural fund project with a budget of over 650 000 leva, the Elearning centre staff trained in design and delivery of online education more than 120 university lecturers (http://edo.e-center.uni-sofia.bg/). Thanks to this, elearning was introduced in all pedagogical faculties and departments and over 1,200 student-future teachers were trained as online students.
The staff of the Elearning center was involved in several research and development project related to elearning in Higher Education (see the list below)
The Elearning centre was a coordinator of the first three projects with a budget of over one and a half million leva. The participation in these projects built a strong capacity in the staff in project management and coordination as well as in the key areas of expertise – all very important for the fulfilment of the objectives of the current proposal.
Two of the members of the Elearning Centre are certified as head reviewers by Epprobate – The international quality label for eLearning courseware (http://www.epprobate.com) (2014).
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