From December 1 to December 4, the XIV All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference “Digital Technologies in Education, Science, Society” was held at Petrozavodsk State University. For the first time, conferences were held in an online format, at the Zoom site. The conference was organized by the Regional Center for New Information Technologies.
The conference was attended by about 100 people. In addition to students and employees of PetrSU, the number of participants included representatives of Russian universities, other educational organizations and IT companies. In particular, these are representatives of the Saratov State Technical University. Yury A. Gagarin, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Center for Contemporary Education (Moscow), FORS – Development Center LLC (Moscow), Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow International Education , Orenburg State University, Samara State Technical University, EBS “University Library Online” (Moscow).
On December 1, the participants of the conference were greeted by the vice-rector for educational work of PetrSU Konstantin Gennadievich Tarasov and the vice-rector for educational and social work of PetrSU Vasily Kuzmich Katarov.
Despite the online format, the conference was very interesting and dynamic. None of the reports were left without questions or discussions.
The reports related to the use of information technologies for training in conditions of anti-virus restrictions and remote work aroused great interest. Many participants shared their experiences and highlighted the challenges they face. For example, the problems of writing mathematical formulas when teaching students the exact sciences online.
For the first time in the framework of the conference, a section dedicated to artificial intelligence technologies was held . The section was organized by the Center for Artificial Intelligence of PetrSU.
At the conference, many universities shared their best practices. It solutions for the humanities were presented, services for recording class attendance, tools for conducting and storing online broadcasts, mechanisms for conducting laboratory work on industrial automation in conditions of remote access to industrial equipment used, technology for conducting classes in virtual environments and using digital doubles in training, etc.
A collection of conference materials and video recordings of events are presented on the conference website .
The regular participants of the conference shared their impressions.
Nikolay Dmitrievich Chelyshev, deputy. Director of FORS – Development Center LLC, Ph.D.
This year, we all found ourselves in a situation where new solutions are required, which have not been discussed or decided by anyone before. When there are no books or any generalizations, recommendations, but by touch, solutions are sought to help cope with this situation. Therefore, everyone wants to communicate, share information, receive new information. And events like this conference are very important. On them, universities share their achievements, ask questions, offer answers and solutions. And only in this way, together, we can find the right path in the end.
Mikhail Nikolaevich Ivanov, deputy. Vice-rector for digitalization of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Ph.D.
Holding the conference remotely changed the perception in many ways. On the one hand, these are colleagues who, during months of isolation, feel the need for communication, plus a large number of interesting cases implemented during this time. On the other hand, it turned out to be difficult to find two days so as not to be distracted by current tasks, which is easier to do in person. New challenges posed new challenges for universities, and it is this invaluable experience shared by the participants that is a distinctive feature this year.
Despite the fact that the online format of the conference complicates the communication processes and is less familiar than the traditional format, the conference participants noted the high level of preparation of reports and an interesting program, which reflected various aspects of digitalization.
The next, anniversary, XV conference is planned to be held offline, if the epidemiological situation allows.