UNICO work groups

The ICT working group is led by Elena Nadezhdina from Tomsk State University with English language backup provided by Andrew Barton from Charles University in Prague. The working group is responsible for the creation of (this) project website and its ongoing maintenance, as well as the creation of a central UNICO website hosted by Tomsk State University that will act as the repository of all language learning materials, activities, learning outcomes and individual UNICO centre curricula. In addition, the ICT working group will assist individual university partners to set up their own dedicated UNICO centre pages that will be linked to the central UNICO website.

This working group is also responsible for maintaining the project intranet for project management purposes (storage of files and other internal dissemination needs) and arranging ICT training for internal stakeholders, e.g. teachers who require information about the use of ICT tools in the classroom.

The following are the primarily outputs the working group will focus on:

  1. Drafting a work plan for itself
  2. Creating a project website for the duration of the implementation period
  3. Creating a central UNICO website (and subsidiary institutional UNICO web pages) as the main UNICO platform following subsequent roll-out of UNICO learning programmes
  4. Communication tools for use by teachers & other project staff within project activities, e.g. a Dropbox, a Google Group and a dedicated project management site (intranet)
  5. Analysis and selection of online ICT tools for teaching and use at UNICO centres
  6. Analysis and selection of offline ICT tools for teaching and use at UNICO centres
  7. The study of available multimedia products for teaching languages
  8. Online ICT training

This working group, responsible for the incorporation of lifelong learning policies and strategies into each UNICO language centres, is led by the Siberial Federal University. It is primarily focused on the delivery of six outputs:

 

  1. The creation of a tailored work plan
  2. A review of existing language curricula
  3. Preliminary preparation of curricular materials
  4. Training on the lifelong learning paradigm (in London and hence within each institution and region to expand knowledge and awareness of the concept)
  5. Post-training implementation and dissemination of lifelong learning ideas
  6. Continued lifelong training at the national level

This working group is led by Tomsk State University and is responsible for all promotional activities. It is primarily focused on the delivery of the following outputs:

  1. Creation of a work plan for itself
  2. Creation of a dissemination toolship so that all partners know how to communicate with their key stakeholders
  3. Maintenance and evaluation of the UNICO website/s
  4. Drafting and creation of media stories and establishment of alternative communication tools, e.g. Facebook page
  5. Conducting dissemination sessions for key target groups and stakeholders
  6. Organising Open Door days are partner institutions to learn more abotu UNICO centres
  7. Design and creation of project promotional materials

Outputs:

Dissemination toolkit

Dissemination plan

This working group is responsible for English language training for teachers operating at all UNICO language centres and is jointly led by Altai State University and Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University. The working group will primarily concentrate on the delivery of six outputs:

 

  1. Creating a work plan for itself
  2. Drafting a preliminary plan of recommended literature for language teachers
  3. Organising training of teaching staff at the University of Cordoba
  4. Arranging for the post-training dissemination of English language teaching methods and materials
  5. Establishing quality assurance indicators to measure the quality outcomes of new teaching methods
  6. Conducting an English language training workshop at national levels

Overall management of the UNICO project over its lifetime is led by the University of Cordoba with the support of Charles University in Prague. The management work package is focused primarily on the delivery of 12 outputs:

  1. Creation and development of project structures, e.g. creation of work groups
  2. Further project content development, reconfigured project budget and workplan following acceptance of project proposal
  3. Introductory project meeting in Brussels and kick-off meeting (in Prague)
  4. Development project management metrics, e.g. project evaluation indicators
  5. Partnership agreements with all project partners
  6. Team building to create a good working climate with the project consortium
  7. Development of a consolidate mobility plan to prepare in advance for all project meetings and training events
  8. Purchasing of equipment for all 11 UNICO language centres
  9. Project implementation, e.g. daily communication and resolution of all problems and issues
  10. Drafting of all project reports
  11. Financial management
  12. Management of project coordination meetings

This working group is responsible for the largest work programme involved in the UNICO partnership to establish and operate the flagship output: the development and future operation of 11 individual UNICO language centres throughout the Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The work package is co-led by Novosibirsk State University and Kemerovo State University. Its primarily deliverables are:

  1. Draft a work plan
  2. Create a common network agreement for all UNICO centres
  3. Create a template regulatory framework for all UNICO centres to operate under
  4. Design marketing research to be undertaken by all teaching partners on their designated target groups
  5. Lead the development of business models for all UNICO centres to implement
  6. Create advisory boards at each teaching partner
  7. Establish quality assurance guidelines and indicators for all UNICO centres
  8. Create and maintain individual UNICO centre web pages
  9. Design promotional guidelines for UNICO centres
  10. Organise the language courses to be offered by UNICO centres
  11. Conduct assessment of UNICO centre operations during implementation and design assessment procedure for the long-term viability of the centres
  12. Create a database resource centre for all UNICO centres

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