D1.1 Record of BY teachers’ reflections & analytical conclusions

The needs analysis of pedagogical approaches, methods of teaching/learning have been performed
based on results of the survey conducted for the teaching staff of BY universities. The online survey
was conducted in the form of Operative Sociological Study (OSS). 48 teachers from GSTU, YKSUG,
BrSTU, PSU, BSUIR took part in the survey.

Survey questions were aimed to determine the degree of compliance of used educational
technologies to the task of forming the competencies of graduates demanded by the labor market, to
identify teachers' needs to train highly qualified specialists and evaluate the existing master programs
in terms of developing the hard/soft skills of graduates.
According to the teacher's opinion, the most effective form of teaching IT-courses that allows to
develop hard and soft skills is developing software solving real-life problems proposed by IT-
companies, start-ups and business sectors. Students should be immersed in the real-life work-
conditions in the IT, forming a team supervised by product owner and agile coach, work remotely,
share responsibilities and communicate.
In connection with these and according to the survey, teachers need knowledge of didactic
approaches and methods of teaching, knowledge of foreign language, organizational skills,
communication skills. The biggest need is the foreign teaching experience. Base on the teacher’s
opinion it is possible to recommend all Belarusian partners to take the following steps: to reduce the
standard for teaching load, introduce compulsory foreign language courses, organize regular
internships in IT-companies and EU universities, internal seminars with the aim of mastering new
pedagogical and innovative technologies of teaching.
Carried out analysis allowed to see reflection of the Belarusian teachers and find out potential growth
zones. Sharing foreign teacher experience, usage of e-learning resources, usage of social media
tools, integration of gaming activity and business trainings, initiation of interdisciplinary and
international distributed students’ projects can be used as start for improvement.