Local Capacity Building Training for Georgian HEIs within the frames of the project Integrity For Quality Teaching And Learning In Higher Education Institutions In Georgia (INTEGRITY)

On May 14-17, 2018 ATSU hosted Local Capacity Building Trainings/TOT organized and led by Ilia State University within the frames of Erasmus + CBHE project Academic Integrity for Quality Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Institutions in Georgia (INTEGRITY)

The content of the TOT programme has been jointly prepared by the project EU partners and Ilia State University in close consultations and discussions with the INTEGRITY consortium partners. A special needs assessment national meeting was conducted prior to the TOT meeting for this purpose. The first two days of the TOT programme focus more on Academic Writing topics such as: contemporary methodologies of teaching, activities used in the teaching process, analyzing different assessment systems, objectives of academic writing courses. Additionally some of the sessions of TOT are dedicated to integrating technology within the teaching and learning processes and introducing effective academic services available both for students and academic staff to ensure integration of the principles of academic integrity.

The core outcomes of the TOT will lead to development and delivery of the in-house trainings in all Georgian HEIs to ensure that the topics discussed during Kutaisi TOT will be introduced to the wider academic audience in the individual universities.

Project in Brief
The core objective of the project Academic Integrity for Quality Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Institutions in Georgia (INTEGRITY) is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning processes that are based on the principles of academic integrity and supported by policies, mechanisms and tools that help prevent and detect cases of plagiarism in higher education institutions in Georgia.
Project Core Activities and Outcomes

Plagiarism Prevention & Detection Electronic Program Introduction in Georgian HEIs: to introduce plagiarism detection and prevention electronic program in Georgian universities, and integration into the existing Moddle system.

Coherent and Consistent PR Plagiarism Awareness Campaign in HEIs in Georgia to design and launch a PR campaign as an important promotional mechanism that targets both students and faculty/teaching staff.

Faculty/teaching staff training modules in effective assessment, teaching and learning to enhance student performance against the principles of academic integrity.

Student Services that aim at developing and enhancing student services and academic writing tutoring opportunities to boost their writing skills with an eye on academic integrity.

Academic Writing Curriculum Review – HEIs in Georgia will review their academic writing curriculum (bachelor, master and PhD level) against standards and requirements established for written academic communication.

University Policies and Resources – The project aims at helping higher education institutions shape their consistent framework of policies and regulations that are conducive to quality teaching and learning processes based on the principles of academic integrity. Importantly, it allows universities to develop their resources (e.g. guides) and introduce advanced tools (electronic programmes) to support effective academic instruction.
Project EU Partners
 University Of Roehampton (Uk)
 University Of Uppsala (Sweden)
 University Of Viena (Austria)
 Dublin City University (Ireland)
Georgian Partner HEIs
1. Ilia State University (Coordinator)
2. Tbilisi State University
3. Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
4. Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University
5. David Aghmashenebeli National Defence Academy Of Georgia
6. Shota Meskhia State Teaching University Of Zugdidi
7. Samtskhe-Javakheti State University
8. Akaki Tsereteli State University
9. Caucasus University
10. Bank Of Georgia Teaching University Ltd
11. Academy Of The Ministry Of Internal Affairs Of Georgia
12. David Tvildiani Medical University
Government & Associate Partner
1. Ministry Of Education And Science Of Georgia (Structural Measure Key Partner)
2. National Center For Educational Quality Enhancement (Associate Partner)