Eliza Stefanova

Eliza Stefanova
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" · Department of Information Technologies

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January 2021 - present
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Position
  • Professor
December 2015 - present
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Position
  • Vice-rector
January 2014 - January 2021
St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
July 2010 - December 2012
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Field of study
  • Computer Science
October 1986 - October 1991
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Field of study
  • Computer Science

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Publications (82)
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The European Open Science Cloud and the strategy for unified digital market are corner stones in the way of Europe's economy, industry, and society to the new digital era. In this paper, we will analyze how digital libraries can be best utilized for knowledge access and sharing in the new digital market.
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A national desk research on 21-st Century skills in Bulgaria (up to Dec. 2020). Within the frameworks of the Erasmus+ Project CATCH-21 Publicly available, alongside with the other project partners' national reports, at: https://www.catch21st.org/project-outputs
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MOTTO: „The real power of interactive technologies is that they let us learn in ways that aren’t otherwise possible or practical.” David Lassner The module ‘Using technology as a tool for learning’ introduce the students in the concept of digital learning. It is oriented particularly to the competence-based learning, going through the main steps o...
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Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" (SU) is the first higher education organisation, as well as the largest and most prestigious university in Bulgaria. Sofia University also plays a strong role in academic research, which is attested by its ranking at a national level and by many international academic rating systems. Due to many socioeconomic...
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The educational community is increasingly recognising the benefits of applying competence-based learning (CBL) in formal and informal training. Both learner-oriented and goals-oriented, competence-based learning encourages flexibility, adaptation and customisation of the learning process to specific learning context and individual preferences. At t...
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This paper proposes an application model of the "Flipped classroom" approach in the undergraduate course "Inclusive Education". The course is for students from the Bachelor's programme "Mathematics and Informatics" of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Sofia University, who are trained for teachers of mathematics, informatics and informa...
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The paper presents an example of implementation an inquiry-based learning (IBL) and teaching reflective practice or professional competence development of teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The educational scenario "Open air lessons-myth or not…" follows the template, developed under the Enhancing Learning in Teach...
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Inquiry-based learning (IBL) approaches have been identified as one of the powerful innovative methods that enable learners to develop scientific literacy. At the same time, teachers encounter difficulties in applying them in class, as the courses for their professional qualifications are usually conducted traditionally through lectures. This paper...
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Building of a new educational reality in Bulgaria is an important task for taking significant places in the European and world education. The adaptation, integration, and application of appropriate educational methods and tools is a guarantee for successful development of key competencies. Appropriate use of modern information and communication tec...
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In this paper the results from a study, performed in several European countries, are presented, aimed to identify the main challenges which teachers face when trying to implement innovative teaching methods, stressing on the situation in Bulgaria. The overall design of the study is presented and the used research method is described. The main resea...
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Modern education is benefitted from using Learning Management Systems (LMS) enabling automatic collection of large amount of data about students’ activities, progress and results. However, currently there is a lack of enough means for teachers to effectively analyze and assess results from such data. This paper presents a research aiming to design...
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Virtual Reality (VR) technology is developing very actively last few years. VR devices are more and more accessible, affordable and recognizable by youngsters in school and university. On one hand, areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are some of the most rapidly developing disciplines. On the other hand students show un...
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In this paper we present a study, aimed to identify the main challenges teachers face when trying to implement innovative teaching methods, stressing on identifying the needed STEM teachers competence development. The overall design of the study follows the European Awareness Scenario Workshop methodology and aims to negotiate the teachers’ need, p...
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The article precents a review of the normative framework in Bulgaria related to the development of STEM teachers’ competences. It studies explicitly defined requirements: pedagogical, academic, administrative and communicative competences, as well as implicitly defined ones, integrated in National Educational Standards and students’ curricula: rese...
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Nowadays education is inconceivable without the use of e-environment and all the benefits it can ensure. Modern learning systems are featured with a wide range of resources for gathering relevant user traces for data analysis. The main goal of the research described in this paper is to explore how the learning analytics methods can be used to impro...
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The main research goals of this paper are to analyse the quality of the developed e-learning course prototypes by the students in the Masters programme “E-Learning” after applying an integrated approach to the final assignments that the students prepare for four of the important courses in the programme. In the third year of the application of this...
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Currently teachers and students encounter some difficulties in the identification of tools that best fit their needs on the one hand and the composition of these tools into more complex educational processes on the other hand. The so-called service composition platforms offer a promising possibility to overcome this problem. Although numerous servi...
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This article presents a research done during a pilot of the inquiry-based learning model and by the means of European project Working Environment with Social and Personal Open Tools. The focus is put on approbation of available data analytics methods supporting young researchers in their desktop and mobile activities. Results and analysis are discu...
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The paper investigates the quality of the Electronic Distance Learning (EDL) courses, developed for five faculty degree programmes prepared for accreditation for EDL mode of delivery by the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. It analyses the results of provided consultations to academic staff on design...
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This conference presentation aims to identify the secondary school students attitudes and appreciation of sense of initiative and entrepreneurship competences. It proposes an analyzes and evaluation of the students feedback from their participation in Bulgarian pilot projects with YEDAC methodology. Based on the collected 59 response forms and stru...
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This paper describes the formative evaluation activities that were designed and implemented during the development of the weSPOT1 inquiry based learning platform. With the ambition to provide a platform that supports a broad range of inquiry activities in accordance with end-users needs, an agile software development approach was followed as a proc...
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The paper presents an inquiry-based research approach designed and conducted in accordance with an educational model which uses weSPOT inquiry workflow engine, smartphones and tablets. Presented study shows how mobile technologies are able to support teaching and learning. It also discusses challenges from teacher's point of view for using mobile t...
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Inquiry-based education provokes students to develop and master their own thinking skills instead of memorizing scientific facts for short-term use. Such a student-oriented learning approach makes a bridge between research and teaching. What is more, it looks for the answer how best to use mobile devices in education, how to prevent ‘losses of stud...
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This paper discusses a pilot case held in First Private Mathematical School, Sofia, Bulgaria that explores the Inquiry Based Learning through a specially developed virtual classroom. The paper describes the motivation for using Inquiry Based Learning and how it will be gradually implemented through several pilot experiments. It reveals the design a...
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Math, science and technology (MST) education in Europe is significantly based on experiments and problem solving. The innovative project weSPOT aims at enhancing MST education by emphasizing scientific inquiry, individualization of learning and the role of social interaction. To achieve this goal, students are supported by a set of software tools,...
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The paper presents an application of the inquiry-based science education (IBSE) approach in the context of informatics, specialized classes, in the process of studying Java language by 11 graders. The experiment under consideration presents classes, performed in parallel in two mathematics high schools in Sofia, Bulgaria, in two consequence years....
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The present book contains the Proceedings of the UNESCO International Workshop QED: Re-Designing Institutional Policies and Practices, to Enhance the Quality of Education through Innovative Use of Digital Technologies, held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 14-16 June 2010. It is the forerunner of the UNESCO activities at the State University of Library Studie...
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This paper presents the role of contemporary digital libraries with educational resources in Europe. The importance of enriching digital resources with complete, descriptive and accurate metadata is discussed as well as how these metadata are supported within an European project – Share.TEC. The paper presents the results of a workshop with members...
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The paper presents a research on use of digital technologies to support teachers and teacher educators. First, we discuss briefly recent studies, related to teacher educators, who show their confusion among the sea of learning resources, published in various specialized digital libraries or repositories. Next, the Share.TEC innovative portal for te...
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The paper presents a digital repository of metadata resources for teachers education, as well as a portal for the community of practices, build around the repository. Both the repository and the community are developed in the frame of the European project Share.TEC. Some approaches for endowing digital libraries with adaptability capabilities in or...
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This paper discusses the problems in the design of teacher’s training as a form of professional development. The research is focused on design of support tools for teachers helping them to apply in effective way digital technologies in their practice. The complexity of such instructional design goal contributed to design of fuzzy logic based model....
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This paper discusses the role of the contemporary European digital libraries in teachers education. It presents a digital repository of metadata resources for teachers education, as well as a portal for the community of practices, build around the repository. Both the repository and the community are developed in the frame of the European project S...
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This volume contains the Proceedings of The Third International Conference on Software, Services & Semantic Technologies (S3T) held in Bourgas, Bulgaria on September 1-3, 2011. It is the third S3T conference in a series of annually organized events supported by the F7 EU SISTER Project and hosted by Sofia University. The conference is aimed at prov...
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This paper presents the role of contemporary digital libraries with educational resources in Europe. The importance of enriching digital resources with complete, descriptive and accurate metadata is discussed as well as how these metadata are supported within an European project – Share.TEC. The paper presents the results of a workshop with members...
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The article presents main stages in the process of the development the user interface of the Share.TEC ontology based portal for teacher educators. The paper discusses how the various ideas were born, what types of challenges they provoke and different approaches to solve problems. The whole process of the dynamic progress and evolution of the firs...
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The article presents an example of how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can enhance the process of teacher training, and how this can be used for lifelong competence development for teachers. The paper describes the goals, settings, implementation and results of a pilot teachers' training realized within the frame of the European pr...
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The article deals with some myths about teachers' role in a technology enhanced learning process. The spectrum of myths under discussion ranges from complete rejection of ICT to their overidealization. We have come across these myths in the context of teacher education both in national and international setting. The paper is focusing on several in-...
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The paper presents the authors’ experience in stimulating the synergy of disciplines via active learning methods; the emphasis being on project based learning. Promoting this method is demonstrated in the context of teachers’ training courses and developing a set of IT textbooks. Numerous examples are presented showing that the synergy of various d...
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When re-thinking the design of the curriculum for pre-service teachers (in our case in Informatics and Information technologies) we should start with the main question – what these teachers-to-be should prepare their students for? The authors' provide arguments in support of the belief that the school should be oriented to building competences iden...
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В статията се обсъждат няколко широко разпространени митове за ролята на учителя в контекста на информационните технологии (ИТ). Привеждат се аргументи, опровергаващи тези митове въз основа на опита на авторите от работата им с бъдещи и действащи учители. Коментира се как интерактивните методи, проектно-ориентираният подход, работата в екип, новите...
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Ab stract: The paper deals with effective ways of overcoming the most typical challenges the ICT teachers are confronted with. Based on their experience the authors claim that appropriately designed methodology, textbooks and computer environments could stimulate the learners (teachers and students alike) to embrace and enhance ideas so as to bette...
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The paper presents pilot experiences related to an educational methodology developed within the European Innovative Teacher (I*Teach) project for building ICT-enhanced skills [1]. The methodology is presented in the context of a workshop for teachers in mathematics and informatics with a special focus on enhancing presentation skills. The authors s...
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This paper presents the results of a pre-pilot experiment offered in Bulgaria for teachers’ trainers who have to update their skills using ICT in teaching. The pre-pilot became a synergy of results of two European projects – the Leonardo Innovative Teacher (I*Teach) project and the FP6 TENCompetence project. The methodology for building I...
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This paper presents the results of a pre-pilot ex-periment offered in Bulgaria for teachers' trainers who have to update their skills using ICT in teaching. The pre-pilot became a synergy of results of two European projects – the Leonardo Innovative Teacher (I*Teach) project and the FP6 TENCompetence project. The methodology for build-ing ICT-enhan...
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The paper presents research findings and pilot experiences related to the development and validation of an innovative methodology for building ICT-enhanced skills. The concept of ICT-enhanced skills and the essence of the methodology are explained. The process of methodology validation – via a pilot teacher training course – is presented by offerin...
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Shared web-based knowledge bases, enriched with the possibilities of discussing about their content and of proposing new one, seem to offer the opportunity to diffuse pedagogical innovation. To this aim, the knowledge base should enable teachers to put their own ideas at colleagues’ disposal; and moreover, to improve their pedagogical knowledge by...