Prof. dr. Airina Volungevičienė
Director of Innovative Studies Institute
Associate professor in Education
Research leader and senior researcher in Global grant research
Past president of EDEN – European Distance and e-Learning Network
„Chair of the Management board of EDEN – Digital Learning Europe“
Chair of the Board of LieDM association
Ph.D. Social Sciences, Education, Vytautas Magnus University, 2008
M.A. Pedagogy of Higher Education, Universite de Liege, 2004 (with distinction)
M.A. English linguistics, Vytautas Magnus University, 1997 (with distrinction)
B.A. English Philology, Vytautas Magnus University, 1995
Prof. dr. Airina Volungevičienė has been working among leading researchers, methodology specialists and education policy makers in the area of technology enhanced learning (TEL) development in Europe and Lithuania since 1997. Having established the national network for distance and e-learning in the country, then Lithuanian Distance and e-Learning association (2010), she continued as a leader in research and project work to promote the development of TEL in Lithuania and Europe, introducing many innovations in different education organizations from school, VET, adult learning and higher education sectors. Her main concern at Vytautas Magnus University is to direct Institute activities to implement its mission: to advise University teachers to design distance learning and teaching (DL/T) curriculum, to ensure DL/T quality, to get DL/T curriculum quality assurance at University, to organize online studies successfully, and to ensure DL/T accreditation and quality assurance at the national and international level.
She is involved in EDEN Governance since 2009, as the Board member, Vice President for Research (2016 – 2019) and the President (2016 – 2019). Collaboration with UNESCO IITE in application of technologies in education, OER development, as well as UNESCO IBE for Collaborative Master study program of „Curriculum development“ allows mainstreaming of expert knowledge and the development of open professional collaboration of teachers and academia on global level.
Since 2007, her research activities are based at Vytautas Magnus University. She coordinates international projects and implements research with the focus on:
- TEL curriculum designing
- Experimentation of innovations in education
- TEL quality assurance
- virtual mobility of students and teachers
- open educational resources and practices
- TEL integration into an organization
- Open and online learning for digital and networked society
- Recognition of open and online learning, valid solutions for virtual learning environments
- Learning analytics as a metacognitive tool and method
She published more than 30 papers on TEL, virtual mobility and OERs, as well as 5 research studies and 2 monographs.