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International Conference Electronic Kazan on the Danube 2020 – the first day

Bratislava – Kazan – Zagreb – Athabasca – Grodno – Nur Sultan – Moscow. November 19, 2020. The Faculty of Economic Informatics, University of Economics in Bratislava (Slovak Republic) and the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (Kazan, Russian Federation) together with the European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN) in cooperation with the Professor Štefan Kassay Foundation for Science and Education organizes the International Scientific Conference – Electronic Kazan on the Danube 2020 e-forum which takes place on November 19 – 20, 2020. The original intention to hold the conference directly on the ship with a sightseeing cruise on the Danube metropolises such as Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest was abandoned due to the current global pandemic situation and the conference was moved to the virtual world through the Zoom application.

The tradition of the International Scientific Conference Electronic Kazan dates back to 2008, when the Institute of Social and Humanities organized the first conference in the ancient city of Kazan on the river Volga. In recent years, Electronic Kazan has developed in the international environment thanks to scientists, experts and specialists at a conference setting out trends in automation, digitization, distance education and modern forms of teaching. The city of Kazan has a long tradition since the time of the Russian Empire, when it was the center of development and scientific progress. Today, Kazan is a modern city with a large number of universities, colleges and research institutions.

The conference focuses on new paradigms of development of the information society, experience with the use of e-learning technologies and distance learning applications in educational institutions at various levels, current problems and applied aspects of use of information technology in modern society, including issues of standardization of computer technology, design of electronic educational applications, as well as issues of software security, storage, processing and security of information in cloud applications.


Within the conference an e-Forum (discussion platform) for distance learning professionals will be launched, as well as a PhD symposium for young researchers (postgraduate students, doctorates, doctoral students and young scientific researchers) entitled "Education for the future". The discussion forum allows participants to present their research on the topics of the conference, the research methods and tools used, current and expected results, as well as to discuss them with colleagues and present them to an international panel of experts.

Papers from the conference will be published in professional issues of the journals “IT Applications” and “Economics and Informatics”. The results of the most interesting research presented at the conference will be offered for publication in the journal “Open Education” https://openedu.rea.ru/jour, as well as recommended for publication in indexed and peer-reviewed journals.

The conference was officially opened by doc. Vladimir Zuev, DrSc. from the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities in Kazan. The contribution dealt with current topics of distance education in the Russian Federation and the possible application of education systems on an international scale at a joint base of several universities. He emphasized the need to expand LMS education systems in cooperation with the Internet of Things, automation and digitization.

Sandra Kucina, President of the European Distance and e-Learning Network of the EDEN of the Computer Center of the University of Zagreb in Zagreb, welcomed all participants and appreciated the interest in the issue of distance learning at the conference. She emphasized the need to invest in information systems for universities and colleges. The current pandemic situation has opened up new horizons in teaching, either on the part of students or on the part of teachers.

Prof. Ing. Ivan Brezina, CSc., the Dean of the Faculty of Economic Informatics of the University of Economics in Bratislava welcomed the conference participants with a speech taking into account the pandemic situation and the need to implement new systems applied by the faculty department. He thanked the organizers for the opportunity to speak at the conference.

Richards Griff, founding member and director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University (Canada), has addressed the topic of bridging the gap between traditional and distance learning. Can distance educators help traditional online education? Griff presents the answer to the question in an already applied way at Canadian universities.

Prof. Irina Prosvirina from Janko Kupala State University in Grodno, Belarus, lectured the conference participants on “Digital Age and Education”. She outlined solutions to problems and perspectives of alternative forms of distance learning through Microsoft Teams. In the case study, she presented the current state of the new way of teaching at the university.

Ing. Anna Strešňáková, Ph.D. and Dr. Ing. Jaroslav Kultan, Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economic Informatics of the University of Economics in Bratislava presented forms of teaching in Slovakia in the crisis period linked to social networks, communication applications and LMS and Moodle systems. In cooperation with the Professor Štefan Kassay Foundation of Science and Education, the Faculty of Economic Informatics has prepared courses linked to the MANAGEMENT book series and other publications by top authors via the Pay-per-Read system for each student.

Dr. Boris Maksimovich Fedorov, PhD. from the G. V. Plekhanov Russian University of Economics presented a project approach during emergency distance learning in Moscow.

Professor Liliya Shayakhmetova of the L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, gave a demonstration of her doctoral studies at the university during a coronavirus pandemic. She informed about changes in the usual procedures of full-time and distance learning.

Professor Štefan Kassay from the Foundation for the Support of Science and Education in cooperation with Dr. Ing. Jaroslav Kultan, PhD. presented from the Faculty of Economic Informatics of the University of Economics in Bratislava a new educational project built on the pillars of a world - class company and process management as a discipline of universal importance called the International Center of Education, which will be available on the web portal www.intercedu.com from 1.12.2020.

Doc. Nikulicheva Natalia Viktorovna from the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow offered an alternative way of teaching in the form of a playful academy based on a distance form in a virtual environment. Forms of tasks have proved their worth, where students obtain information in a natural way through a game.

Ing. Ivan Brezina, PhD. jr. from the Pan-European University evaluated the implementation of online teaching at selected faculties of economics of universities in Slovakia. He pointed out the problems related to the software equipment of universities, the applications used for distance learning and also addressed the issue of data infrastructure and its readiness for distance education in the Slovak Republic.

Ainur Tokzhigitovova from L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, focused on gamification methods in teaching in IT disciplines.

Ing. Mgr. Peter Schmidt, PhD. clarified the concept of gamification in relation to distance learning in his scientific lecture. The method is based on bases as computer applications designed for entertainment and leisure activities. This form of study does not burden the mind and the system motivates the student to pay attention in the form of games.

During the first day of the International Conference Electronic Kazan on the Danube 2020, interesting topics resonated from the currently solved areas of distance education and their application in practice. The editorial staff of the multimedia portal www.intercedu.com will also prepare a short report from the second day of the conference.


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