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).
Lyubka Alexieva, PhD is Pilot Leader and Researcher in the TeSLA project. She is also assistant professor in the Sofia University, faculty of Primary and Preschool Education.
Galina Mancheva Kuneva – Seniour legal expert at the Legal Department, Sofia University.
I’ve been working for Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” for 13 years now. My work includes documents’ preparation and providing legal advice on labor law, administrative law and intellectual property, including but not limited to copyright and patent law. I provide legal consultations on learning activities in relation to national and international projects. I’m responsible for the drafting of employment contracts and all labor-related legal documents for faculty members and employees. I take part in compiling rule-books, manuals, labor and learning activity regulations, instructions, tariffs, statutes etc.
I organize, manage and coordinate the work of the legal consulting department and look after the legal proceedings of university business.
As legal consultant I prepare documents and give opinions; oversee the proceedings, preparing documents, adherence to acting law; legal representation in the court of law; representation in special jurisdictions and administrative authorities.
The functions of Sofia university IP Manager are to support the project IP manager and work for the fulfillment of TeSLA IP objectives at institutional level.
Prof. Dr. Roumiana Peytcheva-Forsyth is an expert in teacher training, elearning design and implementation, distance education, ICT in education, serious games. She is a Professor at the Faculty of Education; Head of the Department of Didactics and Director of Sofia University distance education centre. Professor Peytcheva-Forsyth is a programme leader of “ICT in education” Master Degree programmes and one year CPD programme on online design and implementation for university staff.
Her research interests and publications are in the field of technology-enhanced learning, integration of ICT in all levels of education and training, and quality of elearning. She has been a project manager, coordinator and partner of more than 25 EU and national research and developmental projects over the last 20 years. Recently she has been coordinating 3 EU Structural Fund projects with a budget of over 1.5 million BGN.
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