Professor Irina Levchenko participated in international online seminar on AI

On December 2—3, the Russia-China Union of Teacher Training Universities held the online scientific seminar “Artificial Intelligence” at Central China Normal University (CCNU). The seminar aimed to discuss the interaction between education and high technology, academic and research cooperation, and experience exchange of Russian and Chinese universities. The program of the seminar included presentations dedicated to the implementation of artificial intelligence, big data, robotics into secondary school and higher teacher training education.

The representatives of numerous Russian and Chinese teacher training universities and state institutions participated in the seminar, including Moscow City University, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Minin Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University, Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Blagoveshchensk State Pedagogical University, as well as Beijing Normal University, Central China Normal University, Jiangsu Normal University, Shaanxi Normal University, Northeast Normal University, East China Normal University, Jiangxi Normal University, and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Professor Irina Levchenko, Doctor of Education Sciences, from the MCU’s Institute of Digital Education presented the report “Formation of the Content of Teaching Artificial Intelligence for the Main School.” Professor Levchenko highlighted that artificial intelligence should be taught within Information Science classes, and the course should be both fundamentally and technologically oriented and include theoretical and practical components. The report pointed out the approaches to designing the course content, its conceptual fundamentals, principles and conditions of teaching and learning as well as the modules of the Information Science course. Further learning is possible through elective courses and pre-professional training of high school students.

The Russia-China Union of Teacher Training Universities is a crucial part of the partnership between Russia and China. The Union aims to enhance student and staff exchange between educational and research institutions, support joint research projects, and promote Russian and Chinese culture. To fulfill the aims, the Union conducts comparative research on Russian and Chinese education systems, develops cooperation in the field of methodical activities, and improves understanding between Russian and Chinese educational communities. Within its activities, the Union arranges forums, conferences, seminars, and advanced training courses.