International Conference

Digital Education.
21st Century

2019 October 15-16, Moscow

here and now


Purpose of the conference
Exchange of experience and discussion among practitioners in the field of digitalization of education.
Main Topics
  • interaction of participants in the educational process;
  • use of information technologies for distance and blended learning;
  • creation and development of ontological models for the integrity and individual adaptability of educational programs;
  • the use and development of platforms for digital education, both proprietary and freely distributed in large corporations and educational institutions;
  • development of corporate programs for life-long professional education;
  • adaptation of existing educational programs to digital specifics;
  • general issues related to digitalization.
    Target audience
    • managers and specialists of educational and IT divisions of large corporations;
    • managers and staff of educational institutions using and developing distance and blended education;
    • employees of IT companies that create and develop software platforms for digitalization of education, including cloud solutions.
    Program Committee
    • Vladislav Panchenko, Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Professor, Research Manager at Institute on Laser and Information Technologies of Russian Academy of Sciences;
    • Valery Makarov, Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, Professor, Research Manager at Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences;
    • Mark Brown, Full Professor, Chair in Digital Learning, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University;
    • Martin Dougiamas, PhD, Founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd;
    • Dmitry Krasjukov, PhD, Acting Director-General and Executive Director of SAP CIS;
    • Mikhail Lugachev, Professor of Economics, PhD, Dr.Habil, Head of Department of Economic Informatics at College of Economics, Moscow State Lomonossov University;
    • Valery Galkin, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, professor of Polytechnic Institute at Surgut State University;
    • Ivan Chaley, PhD, Professor, Deputy Head of IT Department, Surgutneftegas PJSC;
    • Dmitry Muromtsev, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics at ITMO University;
    • archpriest Gennady Egorov, PhD, Associate Professor, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at St.Tikhon´s Orthodox University, Director of Institute of Distance Learning, St.Tikhon´s Orthodox University;
    • Rinat Gimranov, Head of IT Department, Surgutneftegas PJSC.

    Conference languages:
    Russian, English. Synchronous translation depending on the number of English-speaking participants.

    The Proceedings of the Conference will be published.


    October, 15

    Opening of the conference: Panel Session
    10:30 - 11:30

    Yuri Kupriyanov, Rinat Gimranov, Prof. Аlexander Аusan, Prof. Mark Brown, archpriest Gennady Egorov
    Communication in distance education
    11:30 - 13:30; 14:30 - 17:00

    Professor Mark Brown (the National Institute for Digital Learning DCU);
    archpriest Gennady Egorov (
    Institute of Distance Learning, St.Tikhon's Orthodox University).

    This year we want to focus on the DCU Connected model. Dr. Mark Braun will make a general presentation of the model. Then the speakers will talk about their experience in implementing each of the model elements:
    • Teacher Presence (Specialist Educators);
    • Impactful Narratives (Knowledge Translation);
    • Rich Collaboration (Community of Learners);
    • Deep Interaction (Digitally Rich Resourses);
    • Meaningful Tasks (Assesment for Learning);
    • Sense of belongihg (Committed to Success).
    All reports will be discussed in detail - the opinion of all participants matters.
    SAP Next-Gen. A platform for community, curricula and technology
    11:30 - 13:30

    Yuri Kupriyanov (University alliance SAP)

    The section will be devoted to SAP Next-Gen global academic and innovation program of SAP company. The session will be focused on technology and expertise transfer from business to academia and the following key topics will be discussed with regional and international experts:
    • community development and engagement of SAP partner and customer ecosystem into a tri-party mutually beneficial cooperation with regional universities and other educational bodies;
    • integrating SAP-based curricula into educational programs of universities;
    • project-oriented approach and how SAP supports running project-seminars in the tri-party configuration «university – industry-IT-vendor»;
    • new skills, new teaching materials and train-the-trainer sessions for university faculty to enable new tech-skills
    Human and digitalization. New competencies of digital reality and ways of their development
    14:30 - 17:30

    Anna Burova (ManpowerGroup Russia & CIS)

    The main issues for discussion:
    • what competences are becoming critical for successful adaptation to digital reality,
    • what psychological barriers hinder the acceptance of digital reality,
    • features of educational programs for the development of competencies and the removal of psychological barriers.

    October 16

    Humans interacting at a distance. The experience of teachers, students and administrators
    10:30 - 13:30

    Dr. Jennifer Roberts (Institute for Open and Distance Learning UNISA (University of South Africa)

    Currently, a large amount of research is focused on the technological and pedagogical aspects of distance education, with less attention being paid to the human aspect. Too often the human component is overlooked when considering new developments in education. Education is always about humans interacting – technology is just a vehicle enabling human interaction at scale and at a distance.

    Many educators are faced with the challenge of not only keeping up with developments in their own discipline, but also being an educator who must effectively communicate with, and teach their students. This session intends to support educators in their teaching practice by combining reputable research findings with very practical aspects which will be addressed in a research workshop.

    The theoretical aspects in this session will address topics such as:
    1. The roles you as an educator need to fulfil while teaching, and what competencies you will have to develop to teach in the digital age;
    2. The impact of Open Educational practices for you as a lecturer;
    3. Workplace learning as an aspect of Human Resource Development (HRD);
    4. Case studies of lecturers teaching in a distance education environment.

    The second part of the session is a practical hands-on workshop on how to translate your practical experiences of teaching, into research projects. The intention is that these research projects will then be developed into articles that can be published in international journals. The goal of the session is that every participant will have the blueprint of an article in the making.

    Many lecturers are specialists in their own particular field and are now being asked to publish in the new field of technology enhanced distance education. This workshop will include discussions on the various theoretical frameworks that support online learning and distance education, as well as appropriate research designs and methodologies.

    There will also be an opportunity to discuss your own research interests with the facilitators of the workshop, who are well published in international journals.

    Brainstorming in the genre of Design Thinking
    10:30 - 13:30

    Rinat Gimranov (Surgutneftegas PJSC);
    Yuri Kupriyanov (SAP University Alliances Program for Russia/CIS)

    The session in a brainstorming format on methodology of Design Thinking is aspired at assessment of practical implementation of the digital education space creation approaches discussed at a conference. For this purpose, the compact team of experts will carry out the express analysis of digital education features and then will apply them to the course "Methods and Models of Management Decisions". The methodology of Design Thinking provides the result of a session focused on the specific consumer and contains among the phases a phase of working prototype creation therefore the accepted approaches will be at once realized in one of the digital education platform.

    Participation in a session is available only for individual invitation. For the audience the entrance is not limited.
    Moodle pedagogy - the secrets of mastery
    14:30 - 17:00

    Mary Cooch (Moodle Community Educator, Moodle Pty Ltd )

    Engaging learners with gamification
    In these modern technological times, students expect high quality teaching and are no longer content to listen passively to long lectures. 'Gamification' is increasingly discussed as a way to motivate students and add interest to difficult subjects, but the term is often misunderstood, and gamification itself is sometimes used inappropriately.

    This session will be in four parts:
    1. An introduction to the theory and practice of gamification in online learning environments with references to research and current practice
    2. A practical session where participants will experience and critically review a gamified Moodle course.
    3. A second practical session where participants will be able to apply gamification elements to their choice of teaching materials in a Moodle course
    4. A group discussion about the benefits and drawback, successes and failures of gamification. Does it really work? Would it work for you?
    Participants will be provided with access to a Moodle site and Moodle course for the practical sessions.
    Professor, Chair in Digital Learning & Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University
    Moodle Community Educator,
    Moodle Pty Ltd

    Ignatius G.P.
    Professor, DTh, College of Human Sciences at University of South Africa
    Professor of Distance Education, Staff Training & Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India.

    PhD, Associate Professor of the Institute for Open and Distance Learning UNISA (University of South Africa)
    Аlexander A.
    Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Lomonosov Moscow State University
    Anna V.
    Head of HR Consulting, ManpowerGroup Russia & CIS

    Rinat D.
    Head of IT Department, Surgutneftegas PJSC
    Natalia V.
    PhD, associate Professor at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
    PhD, the Executive Education Marketplace, Co-founder
    archpriest Gennady
    PhD, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs & Director of Distance Learning Institute at St.Tikhon's Orthodox University
    Тatiana V.
    Director of Distance Larning Centre, MIREA (Russian Technological University)
    SAP University Alliances Program Manager for Russia/CIS
    Mikhail I.
    Professor, Head of Department of Economic Informatics at College of Economics at Lomonosov Moscow State University
    Dmitry I.
    PhD, Head of Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics at ITMO University
    Iulia A.
    PhD, associate Professor of Distance Learning Institute at St.Tikhon's Orthodox University
    Mikhail M.
    Head of Strategic Analytics, ManpowerGroupRussia & CIS
    Ivan V.
    Professor, Deputy Head of IT Department, Surgutneftegas PJSC


    Participation in the event is FREE OF CHARGE
    on condition of preliminary registration
    and receiving organizators' acceptance


    SAP Digital Space Center:
    Kosmodamiansjaya naberezhnaya, 52/7, Moscow

    2019 October 15-16
    10:00 - 17:30