More than a thousand teachers from 213 higher education institutions have been trained by Genesis, the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Ministry of Education and Science in two all-Ukrainian courses: “Creating and Developing IT Products” and “Marketing IT Products.” This will allow the course materials to be integrated into educational programs.
All-Ukrainian educational courses are interactive gamified courses in a blended learning format for students. To integrate the course into their educational program, teachers undergo a two-week training on the structure and methodology of the courses, take tests, and receive certificates with the appropriate number of ECTS credits. Further, teachers can integrate the courses as separate disciplines, parts of existing ones, or as electives.
An adapted version of the course “Creating and Developing IT Products” is also freely available on the national digital literacy platform Diia.Osvita.
“Together with the team of the Ministry of Education and Science, we are creating a strategy for transforming the education system at every level – from kindergartens to universities. We want to build one of the most flexible and fastest education systems in the world,” says Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology Development, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
According to him, one of the transformation tracks is the content and meanings of education. Schools and higher education institutions should integrate disciplines that will help to master relevant and in-demand professions in the future. In particular, Genesis courses are an opportunity for students to realize their potential and choose a career in IT.
“We also appreciate partnerships with Ukrainian businesses that are willing to invest time and resources in education and share modern knowledge with educators,” adds Fedorov.
“IT education at universities is an important investment in the younger generation. Digital literacy enables students to understand and influence the modern world, where technology produces efficiency and accuracy,” says Oksen Lisovyi, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.
In his opinion, IT skills not only make students competitive in the labor market, but also help them develop critical thinking, creativity, and the ability to perform complex tasks. A teacher who skillfully applies the latest technological solutions and teaches them to students is able to change the future of the whole country.
Courses from Genesis
“More than 95% of teachers are ready to implement Genesis courses in their disciplines. We maintain long-term cooperation with universities and the state, so in partnership with the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Ministry of Education and Science, we continue to create new all-Ukrainian educational internship courses for students of Ukrainian universities and help teachers implement them in educational programs,” comments Oleksiy Nishchyk, Education Operations Director at Genesis.
The first all-Ukrainian educational course “Creating and Developing IT Products” was developed in 2021 at the initiative of the IT company Genesis together with the Product IT Foundation for Education and the online education studio EdEra, with the support of the Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The course partners are Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) and Horizon Capital.
In 2023, a new course, IT Product Marketing, was added to the system of All-Ukrainian courses. It introduces students to different areas of IT product promotion – Performance Marketing, Brand Marketing, and Product Marketing. Top speakers from Genesis, the Ministry of Digital Transformation, and EdEra shared their practical experience.
Currently, we are working on a new course in a similar format – Analytics in Product IT. In the long term, courses on management, testing, design, recruiting, and software development will also be implemented. It is planned that 100,000 students from all over Ukraine will take the new interactive courses over the next five years.