Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 2801–2820 | Cite as

Interactive methods of teaching at Russian engineering universities

  • Veniamin Aleksandrovich NorinEmail author
  • Natalia Vladimirovna Norina
  • Yurii Vladimirovich Pukharenko


This article is devoted to applying interactive teaching methods at Russian universities. It studies the following three types of interaction between professor and students that have become common at Russian universities: passive teaching methods, active teaching methods, and interactive teaching methods. This paper presents their advantages and disadvantages. It offers a new integrated type of interactive teaching and monitoring of students’ progress using social networks. This type combines advantages of interactive teaching methods like smaller group activities, business games, or role-playing games and brainstorming sessions. The algorithm of class planning for small groups using social networks is described in detail. The article also provides positive testing results of the proposed form of interactive teaching that, according to cognitive psychology, allows the students to memorize the class material better. It also provides advice on how to introduce it into the educational process.


Active and interactive methods of education Cognitive psychology Memorizing Distance learning Social networks Business game Working in small groups Brainstorming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Civil EngineeringSaint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil EngineeringSt. PetersburgRussia

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