EdCrunch: education reaches a totally new level

NUST MISiS under support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation held the II International Conference EdCrunch. The culmination of the conference was the launch of the National Online Education Platform developed by the Russian leading universities. 

EdCrunch-2015 - 1000 presentations, 300 speakers, 1500 conferee and 2000 online participants, 7 sections on the most interesting and actual education issues. 13 startups and workshops on gamification, pedagogy and technology were presented at the Startup Alley. The winners of the Competition for Innovations in Education (KIVO) were awarded. Two days creative IT- marathon EdHackout with 120 participants was held before the conference and the results of EdCrunch Award 2015 on Mass Open Online Courses were released. 

The recent modifications in the field of education were discussed on the conference: adaptive and blended learning, open education, Unified State Exam, the influence of gadgets and game courses, education buildings and school architecture, science popularization and BigData. The culmination of the conference was the launch of the National Online Education Platform and online education issues. 

The Deputy Minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation Klimov A.A. has officially announced the launch of the National Online Education Platform developed by the 8 Russian leading universities: NUST MISiS, Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, HSE, MIPT, Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University, ITMO University and Ural Federal University. 46 courses are already available and more than 100 courses are expected by May 2016. Over 10 million students can join the courses and 8000 have already registered on the website. 
 
«The goal of the National Online Education Platform is to make a full analogue of university`s curricula which will allow to get knowledge of the same level and quality as during academic education. It implies high requirements to the developing programs and their effectiveness. The students will have opportunity to successfully complete the basic education programs staying at home», said Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of NUST MISiS. 

The creators and presidents of the Global National Education Platforms Daphne Koller (Coursera), Anant Agarwal (edX), Hans Klepper (Iversity), Shiv Khemka (The Global Education and Leadership Foundation), Kelvin Liu (XuetangX) and other world leading experts in the field of EdTech took part in the conference. 

«The conference attracted people of different ages and social classes, employees of ministries, commercial directors, educators. It was really exciting to observe such a radically different audience.  And this unity of absolutely different people shows that the education is universal and fundamental phenomenon. 2000 people from completely different fields gather not every day and that is why EdCrunch is such a unique and rare event where everyone could find something for himself», said Vasily Lebedev, the director of IKRa School of Interactive Communications in Advertising.