The 2nd International Online Security Conference brought together more than 450 listeners

More than 450 practicing educators – teachers of Russian language, physics, mathematics and IT technology from around the world – attended the 2nd International Online Security Conference held via Zoom on 16-17 May 2020. The event was devoted to security in using online platforms in distance learning.

The 2nd international online conference Going Online: Teaching Practice & Security was arranged by finalists of the Digital Knowledge Transfer 2019 contest of teaching excellence and knowledge ambassadors in the 2020 project, implemented with the backing from Rossotrudnichestvo. Sonu Saini, a teacher of Russian from India, Zeev Fraiman, a computer science teacher from Israel, and Elena Smirnova, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Systems and Networks at Bauman MSTU, masterminded the conference and went ahead with the contest idea even during the pandemic.  

“What is of particular value – the Digital Knowledge Transfer contest was devoted to utilisation of information technology in teaching, and this is what the conferences are about. It proves the relevance and significance of our projects. Digital Knowledge Transfer  is more than a contest name, it has evolved into the ideology and essence of professional development. Most importantly, Russian language is what unites us,”   maintained Mikhail Popov, Director of the Scientific and Educational Projects Management Department at Rossotrudnichestvo. He pinpointed the importance of the conference and the Digital Knowledge Transfer contest, expressed the hope that such global projects would go on.

Organisers of the virtual event – the Centre of Russian Studies in the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India jointly with the Department of Russian Language and Literature at the Namangan State University, the Association of Russian Language Teachers at the Russian Cultural Centre of Namangan Region of Uzbekistan, and the Bauman MSTU – offered a wide agenda for the international teaching community, in Russian and English. “We are glad we have managed to bring together so many teachers and scientists in one venue.  We send our gratitude to Rossotrudnichestvo which gave support to us – all those who speak Russian in different countries,” emphasised Professor Ranjana Banerjee, Chairperson of the Centre of Russian Studies in the Jawaharlal Nehru University. 

During two days, more than 60 speakers from nine countries – India, Israel, Uzbekistan, Russia, USA, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Thailand – shared their experience in cybersecurity while using online platforms in distance learning. The teachers and experts discussed the best practices of online teaching, matters of copyright when using distant technology, interactive learning formats with the aid of mobile phones and television, and teaching Russian language, literature, foreign languages and culture in the distant format. Some Russian universities, such as MSU, MGIMO, Bauman MSTU, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Pushkin State Russian Language University, delivered their speeches. 

“It is great that rather than the problems related to distance learning, our discussion here revolves around the possibilities, ways to tackle the problems. We are always prepared to support new projects, take part in them, and develop our own,” noted Andrey Proletarsky, Head of the Computer Science & Control Systems Teaching Complex, Dean at the Bauman MSTU.

More than 450 persons from 17 countries attended the online conference: scientists and teachers of foreign languages and computer technology at universities, school-level institutions, centres for additional education, and young post-graduates and graduate students interested in the above topics.

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Finalists of the Digital Knowledge Transfer 2019 contest and knowledge ambassadors from the Digital Knowledge Transfer 2020 contest – teachers of Russian language, physics, mathematics and IT technology from around the world – initiated a series of International Online Conferences dedicated to debating on features, methods, problems and solutions in the field of digital distance learning, as well as sharing experience and knowledge among teachers internationally.

The first experience – a two-day conference entitled Online Education: Today and Tomorrow – takes place on 31 March – 1 April. The event was organised by the Centre of Russian Studies in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, under the auspices of the RCSC in Kazakhstan (Nur-Sultan) and India (Delhi). The first conference gathered more than 500 practicing educators. 

Rossotrudnichestvo arranges the Digital Knowledge Transfer international contest of teaching excellence as part of the Human Resources for the Digital Economy federal project within the scope of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation nationwide programme. The contest was held in 2019 and 2020. The finals of this year have been postponed for autumn.