Online workshop held as part of the ARTEST project

Online workshop held as part of the ARTEST project

On December 3, 2021 an online workshop was held as part of the international ERASMUS project +. Its goal was to improve educational programs in the field of humanities using methods and technologies of STEM (ARTEST).

The project is a network one and is implemented within the framework of the following Consortium:

● University of Cologne (Germany) - project coordinator

● Russian State University for the Humanities

● Perm State University

● Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

● Tuva State University

● Mongolian University of Science and Technology

● Mongolian State University

● Humanitarian University of Mongolia

● Cyprus Technological University (Cyprus)

● University of Catania (Italy)

● International Hellenic University (Greece)

● University of Peloponnese (Greece)

In her opening speech, Dr. Zabotkina, project coordinator at RSUH, adviser to the Rector's office for international activities, acting Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, spoke of the goals and objectives of the project, as well as what results should be achieved during its implementation.

Dr. Arkhipova, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, emphasized that a number of disciplines in digital humanities are already being taught at RSUH as part of various educational programs. In addition, the Vice-Rector announced a new educational program in digital humanities and noted that all teachers had already completed a professional development program in this area. Elective courses from the next academic year are planned to be introduced into all curricula of the areas of training.

Dr. Shkarenkov, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education, spoke about the growing relevance of digital humanities in the educational field and outlined the main directions for the development of digitalization at RSUH.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, who are the coordinators of the work package of the workshops.

At event, speeches were made by deans of faculties, leading scholars and administrators of educational programs implemented at RSUH in the field of digital humanities.

Dr. Burova, Acting Director of the Institute of History and Archives, made an overview of digital humanities in the educational process of the Institute. Digital technologies have been successfully implemented in such programs as "History" and "Document and Archival Studies".

Dr. Durnovtsev spoke about how digitalization processes affect the academic acquisition of history and about the fundamental aspect of the source study of digital humanities (historical informatics), which includes not only IT, but also mathematical methods in historical research.

Dr. Taratorkin, Dean of the Faculty of Archival Studies and Records Management, drew the attention of the workshop participants to the ongoing process of digital transformation in the field of archiving and document management and pointed out that the Faculty regularly trains students to work with the latest digital technologies in this area as part of their work practice.

Dr. Khorkhordina, Chair of the Department of History and Organization of Archive Management, presented the international double-degree master's program "History and New Technologies (Russia-France)", implemented in 2011 jointly with the National School of Charters (Paris). For ten years of activity, the program has gained a well-deserved international reputation and has become a leader in the field of digital humanities at RSUH.

The Institute of History and Archives is not the only subdivision of RSUH where digital humanities programs are implemented.

The Department of Museology of the Faculty of Art History has implemented the master's program “Museum in the Digital Age. Traditions and innovations”. The presentation of this program was made by Dr. Stefko, Acting Head of the Department.

One of the leading centers for digital humanities in Russia is the International Institute for New Educational Technologies of RSUH. Dr. Kuvshinov, Director of the Institute, made a bright presentation in which he demonstrated the interactive features of 3DaVinci virtual museum. Particular attention was paid to the role of STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematic) methods in education and the humanities and the need to emphasize the use of such aspects of digital humanities as 3D modeling, 3D printing, geoscanning, neurotechnologies, robotic systems, opportunities drones, etc.

The International Institute for New Educational Technologies has developed a 30-hour digital humanities course for all faculties of RSUH as part of the continuing education program.

Dr. Smirnova. Chair of the Department of Theory and Practice of Translation and Interpreting, spoke about digital methods for translation and interpreting.

At the end of the workshop, Dr. Makolov. Head of the Center of Methodology and Education, presented a new interdisciplinary master's program in digital humanities as part of the track of Philology. RSUH is also considering the possibility of building a horizontal format for this program, where students from different fields would have the opportunity to study together, as well as create and implement joint practical and research projects.

The workshop confirmed the role of RSUH as one of the leaders in the implementation of educational programs in this area in Russia.

Partners from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology highly assessed the level of development of digital humanities at RSUH and expressed their wish for closer cooperation, in particular, with the International Institute for New Educational Technologies in the field of robotics and virtual museums.