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  • ITMO.EduStars Winner Dmitry Sinev on Mythological Aspect of Teaching and Memes in Classroom

    Although Dmitry Sinev studies laser thermochemistry and develops various methods for recording functional elements, he sees himself primarily as a lecturer. Back when he was doing his Master’s degree, he began educating school students about lasers, optical technologies, and their applications. Then, as a PhD student, he taught classes at the university. Dmitry believes that learning is not a race for the best scores but a search for meanings and also sees memes as a great way to help students understand complex topics. In this article, the lecturer speaks about what teachers and wizards have in common and how teachers can motivate students to think outside the box. 


  • ITMO Open Education Conference: Alternative Formats, Fundamental Skills, and Rap Battles

    On May 20, ITMO once again challenged stereotypes about education one more time, when it welcomed edtech experts, entrepreneurs, and lecturers at the Open Education conference to discuss the future of universities. Participants of this full-blown educational rave could visit workshops and lectures, cheer on rap battles, and even record a podcast. Here are the highlights of the event.


  • ITMO.Mentors: How Students Benefit from Teaching Practice

    ITMO.EduStars offers the university’s lecturers and researchers to showcase their work and receive recognition for their achievements. The competition welcomes not only experienced teachers, but also ordinary students who participate in the ITMO.Mentors program. As part of the program, Master’s and PhD students take a teaching course following which they can assist lecturers with organizing and holding their classes. Three students were named as the top mentors while two others received special recognition from the expert jury.


  • ITMO’s Open Education: Raves, Rap Battles, and Star Hosts

    This year will see the second edition of ITMO’s Open Education festival, which will continue on its mission to abolish all stereotypes about education. For instance, this year the event will take the form of a rave at a former factory workshop that is now DAA Design District. Here is what else to expect at the event.


  • ITMO.EduStars Winner Alexander Kapitonov on How to Motivate Students and Make Engineering Interesting

    Alexander Kapitonov started teaching robotics as a PhD student thanks to his experience working at the Presidential Physics and Mathematics Lyceum No. 239. Now, he not only teaches and leads projects, but also heads ITMO’s Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies. Last year, Alexander was one of the winners of the ITMO.EduStars contest. We asked him about his principles in teaching and the tasks of a faculty’s dean. 


  • ITMO.EduStars Winner Andrey Balkanskii on Keeping up With the Trends as a Lecturer

    CGI cartoons are what inspired Andrey Balkanskii to study design. He enrolled at ITMO to dive into this field and after gaining professional experience, came to develop his projects at his alma mater. Andrey Balkanskii also teaches specialized courses focused on UX/UI design and last year he won the ITMO.EduStars award. Why are lecturers like coaches and how can they keep up with the ever-changing trends? Read on to find out. 


  • ITMO Edu.Stars Winner Anton Starovoytov on Teaching Lab Classes Online

    Anton Starovoytov started teaching as a PhD student. Now he is the vice dean of ITMO’s Faculty of Photonics and a researcher at the university’s International Research and Educational Center for Physics of Nanostructures. He also develops educational projects, such as virtual simulations of physical equipment for lab projects on nonlinear optics, which will make such equipment more accessible. Last year, Anton Starovoytov was named one of the winners of the ITMO.EduStars contest. Read on to learn about organizing online lab projects in optics and how to manage to do everything you’ve planned.


  • ITMO.EduStars Winner Svetlana Kurashova: “To Me, Teaching is a Source of Joy”

    Svetlana Kurashova, a physics lecturer at ITMO University, became interested in this field as a child and worked towards becoming a professional since school. After graduating from Leningrad State University (now St. Petersburg State University), she joined ITMO and has been teaching physics here for 28 years. Last year, she received an ITMO.EduStars award as one of the university’s best lecturers. We asked her what kind of a person a lecturer should be, which Leningrad State University traditions she still cherishes, and how science and arts are related.


  • EduStars Winner Andrey Vasilyev on Teaching History to Programmers

    Another ITMO Edu Awards will take place this year at ITMO. Last year, dozens of lecturers from ITMO University who work on their own educational projects and come up with new approaches to teaching became its laureates. Andrey Vasilyev, the winner in the ITMO.EduStars category, teaches history and implements projects at the intersection of humanities and technical sciences. We asked him why STEM students like history, how to find a common ground with them, and where in Russia you can find Ancient Greece.


  • EduStars Winner Marina Barantseva: Teaching the Way I’d Want to Be Taught

    Marina Barantseva started out as a professional linguist and translator and worked in marketing for ten years before deciding to completely reinvent her life. She followed her childhood dream to become a teacher; for the past three years, she has been teaching English to university students. Last year, she won the ITMO EduStars contest of best academic practices. In this interview, we asked her about the trick to motivating students to attend 8 am classes and the reasons lecturers need to continuously learn something new.