Teaching & Learning Research

The Center for Teaching Excellence was created in 2014 and later in 2018 reorganized to a Teaching and Learning Research direction of Center for Interdisciplinary Research.


Our mission is to facilitate the development of the appropriate environment for conducting the education research and to create a new pool of knowledge through provision of analytical studies, which will be accessible for the specialists and distinguished youth working in this field.

Information provided by the Center will support formation of unbiased opinion, assessment of the current education reform and design of the strategies which incorporate best practices.


Through cooperation with educational institutions and organizations in the country and the facilitation of the impartial and qualified research, we will help to develop and spread the educational innovations.

Goals & Objectives

  • Supply and facilitation of the qualified and timely research on urgent education issues;

  • Complex study and assessment of the current education problems;

  • Application of the innovative teaching methods and approaches

  • Enhancement of services in the field of education

  • Support of scientific activity in education.


  • Increasing teaching quality via seminars, workshops and research for IBSU staff as well as other educational institutions.

  • Providing consultations to university academic staff and researchers.

  • Developing educational materials



Second Young Scientist's Conference

On July 2, 2018, the Second Young Scientists’ Conference was organized by the Multidisciplinary Research Center at IBSU (Teaching and Learning Research direction).  Thirteen MA and PhD students of the Faculty of Education and Humanities, IBSU and one student from Tbilisi State University presented various researches on education, humanities and social sciences. The goal of the conference is to stimulate research among students. The conference was opened by our American guest Jefferson George, Professor of the University of North Texas. He also took part in the Question-and-Answer part and praised the young scientists for interesting papers. We have plans to publish the proceedings in one of European publishing houses.

Visit of Ivor Timmis

On January 10 the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Faculty of Education and Humanities were visited by Prof. Dr. Ivor Timmis form Leeds Beckett University (Leeds, UK). He is on the editorial board of our Journal of Education in Black Sea Region. We also discussed other possibilities of cooperation, such as co-supervision of doctorate dissertations in Education Sciences program, joint research, and cooperation between our universities.   

Ivor Timmis has been involved in English language teaching for around 30 years as a teacher, teacher trainer MA tutor and PhD supervisor. In the course of his work he has travelled to over 20 countries for conferences, courses and projects. Ivor's main research interest is in the analysis and teaching of spoken language. He has published on this topic in English Language Teaching Journal and Applied Linguistics. Ivor is currently on the editorial panel for TESOL Quarterly and was previously on the editorial panel for English Language Teaching Journal. He is the author of several books in English language teaching and linguistics. 

Seminar on plagiarism for IBSU administrative staff

On November 6, 2017 Professor Doctor Natela Doghonadze held a seminar for IBSU administrative and academic staff on issues of plagiarism. The definitions of plagiarism and self-plagiarism, their reasons were presented, their types were discussed. It was emphasized that first of all plagiarism should be prevented and only then - detected and punished. It was also stressed that PDSs (plagiarism detection systems) only register verbal coincidences. A commission made up of specialists is needed to decide whether each particular case is plagiarism or mere coincidence in an objective and qualified way. The participants were actively involved in discussion and decision making. They will get corresponding certificates.

Training held by a guest from Australia - Christo Steyn

On November 1, 2017 a training for students and academic staff of the Faculty of Education and Humanities entitled “What is an ideal school curriculum” took place. The training was organized by the Center for Teaching Excellence at IBSU. 

The guest speaker, Christo Steyn, from Australia, is a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Education. He possesses a Higher Education Diploma, as well as Certificates IV in Information Technology and Training and Assessment. He has 8 years’ experience as a Principal/Director, 4 years’ experience as a Head of Department and more than 10 years’ experience in hands-on teaching, across all levels from Early Years to University level. He gained his experience across the world in countries like, South Africa, Australia, China, Portugal, Russia, Hong Kong and now Georgia where he is working at International Baccalaureate School. Christo shared his experience, spoke about the role of knowing the students’ needs, their culture, and the educational environment in providing a quality education.  He characterized the educational curricula of countries nowadays leading the school education such as Singapore Finland and Estonia. 

PhD and MA students' seminar on plagiarism issues 

On October 16 2017 Prof., Dr. Natela Doghonadze held a seminar with MA and PhD students at the Faculty of Education and Humanities on plagiarism issues. Definitions of plagiarism and self-plagiarism were discussed, examples were viewed. Citation and paraphrasing rules were analyzed. Free plagiarism detection devices’ application for assessing one’s own work were mentioned as a means of higher quality academic writing, not only as a means of assessing the degree of originality of a student’s paper.