Stephen Downes:

Open teaching philosophy is about sharing

December 1, 2014
Stephen Downes
MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and via the web. 2012 became "the year of the MOOC" according to The New York Times, as several well-financed providers, associated with top universities, emerged, including Coursera, Udacity, and edX. These platforms collectively have dozens of university partners and millions of users. The fact that lectures from the world's top professors are now a commodity available over the Internet for free is shaking up higher education from top to bottom. KASA Swiss Humanitarian Foundation in cooperation with Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia and PAN has organized a forum on November 2, 2014 on impact of IT on education to discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities IT has brought to the education landscape. The keynote speaker of the forum was the originator of MOOCs Stephen Downes. PAN had the chance to talk with Downes about MOOCs and the future of education.

Khachatur Almazian:

Emir Kusturica master of all trades

October 23, 2014
Khachatur Almazian
Almazian Symphony ensemble directed by Armenian violinist Khachatur Almazian and Serbian cellist Tamara Savic recorded an OST to Emir Kusturica’s “On The Milky Road” starring the Serbian helmer and Italy’s sweetheart Monica Bellucci. Almazian Symphony released its first album in 2013 in France, in cooperation with Sony Music Entertainment and France TV National. In a conversation with PanARMENIAN.Net, Khachatur Almazian shared details of his cooperation with Kusturica.

Ameriabank:

Online banking for people who value time

October 6, 2014
Ameriabank
Rapid growth of Armenian banking market, soaring competition forces local banks to diversify their businesses while searching for unoccupied niches and trying to expand the range of services. Active development of remote banking technologies prompts creation of additional banking services as well as a new direction of strategic importance, with electronic banking dominating the most significant trends. Experts forecast the trend to take hold in influencing further development of modern technologies. The head of IT and Automation Department at Ameriabank Beniamin Tadevosyan spoke about the main trends in the sector on of online banking in an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net.

Dr. Roger Craik:

A cosmopolitan poet, who can’t stand social networks

April 10, 2014
Dr. Roger Craik
Dr. Roger Craik, Associate Professor of English at Kent State University, Ashtabula, visited Yerevan at the invitation of the American University of Armenia to give a series of lectures on the craft of writing poetry. English by birth and educated at the universities of Reading and Southampton, Dr. Craik has worked as a journalist, TV critic and chess columnist. Before coming to the U.S. in 1991, he worked in Turkish universities and was awarded a Beineke Fellowship to Yale in 1990. His poems have appeared in Romanian, and from 2013-14 he is a Fulbright Scholar at Oradea University in Romania.