ICVL 2013

Accepted Abstract List


Last updated: 2013-10-09

ICVL motto - C3VIP: "Consistency-Competence-Clarity-Vision-Innovation-Performance"

Deadline: September 10, 2013 | The full paper to be developed and submitted by September 10


ICVL Objective: To promote and develop scientific research for e-Learning, Educational Software and Virtual Reality. To promote and implement the modern ideas for both the initial and continuing education, to promote the team based working, to attract and integrate the young graduates in the Research and Development projects, to promote and implement ICT for initial and adult education activities.

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Name, Title, Affiliation, Country

Section, Title of paper, Abstract of paper

1.  
RAUL PERSA (1), student
COZMA GEORGETA (2), PhD candidate
(1) Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
(2) National College "Mihai Eminescu" Satu Mare, Romania
persa_raul[at]hotmail.com
cozmageorgeta20[at]yahoo.com
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Moses Software

Abstract: The role of this paper is to present the activity of the "Multitouchcnme Team" of trans-disciplinary research workshop from ‘Mihai Eminescu’ National College in Satu Mare in the ‘Learning for knowledge society’ project implemented by the Project Management Unit with Foreign Finance-Education Ministry in partnership with SIVECO ROMANIA and ‘Carol I’ National Defense University, which has involved an inter/trans-disciplinary project contest. The "Multitouchcnme Team" has won first prize for the N-V region, with our school wining a multi-touch laboratory. The theme we have developed our project on is quite generous and is set on a trans-disciplinary paradigm, which is mankind’s dream to fly. The project put forward by SIVECO ROMANIA has reached the finals in the Project World Championship: IPMA International Project Excellence Award 2013.
( Update: 2 oct., Gold Award:
http://ipma.ch/award-news/ipma-announces-the-pe-award-finalists-2013/):
the 27th IPMA World Congress 2013 - http://www.ipma2013.hr/

["Multi-touch" Poject: http://transdisciplinar.pmu.ro/primapagina ]

2.  
BUDISTEANU IONUT, student
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Romania
ibudisteanu[at]acm.org
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: The Budisteanu Project - algorithms and software for create a low cost self-driving car (the Gordon E. Moore Award, Intel ISEF 2013)

Abstract: The purpose of this project is the creation of an autonomous car which should be able to drive automatically without any driver in the urban areas. A self-driving car can be very safe and useful for the entire mankind. In order to realize this, several concurrent software applications process data using Artificial Intelligence to recognize and propose a path which an intelligent car should follow. The project offers the possibility to make offline simulations in order to understand the car's performance and to make the necessary improvements. To do this offline simulation it was necessary to save the entire data using timestamps. The data file is very complex and is formed of many webcam images and the GPS data. Because there are many different software components running on different computers(laptops) with different performance, each software must synchronize with all others software components. My project tests a new effective and inexpensive way to help the people, even disabled, drive safer and faster. Practically, tens of millions of lives can be saved if people will be using selfdriving cars.
More details about this project here website: www.giga-software.com and Personal website: www.budisteanu.net [ ISEF 2013 - www.intel.com]
3. VLADA MARIN, PhD,
OLIMPIUS ISTRATE, PhD,
University of Bucharest, România
vlada[at]fmi.unibuc.ro
olimpius.istrate[at]elearning.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: "Didactica Nova" – a Challenge for the Academic Curriculum

Abstract: The concept of “totally alienated students” has evolved, in the last 40 years, focusing our attention towards what we can call ”alienated education practices”. Lately, higher education institutions are getting visible results in their efforts to raise the quality of the education process by implementing various measures to determine students to be active participants in their own learning. Celebrating 150 years since its establishment, the University of Bucharest launched a challenge for the academia, calling for innovation in the curriculum design and delivery. It aims to foster an update in the curricula, in order to improve the teaching methods and the learning process in Romanian universities. The declared objectives of the project are oriented towards promoting a continuous improvement of the teaching methods to match younger generations’ changing profile. Specific arguments are presented in the article, in an attempt to build the basis for a theoretical construction with meaningful applications to be used in the next academic year.
[ Web: http://www.unibuc.ro/d-nova/
Anniversary Conference at Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
"Faculty of Sciences - 150 years" (August 29 - september 1, 2013): http://fmi.unibuc.ro/FMI-150/ ]
4.  
GRIGORE ALBEANU, PhD Professor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Romania
g.albeanu.mi[at]spiruharet.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: On developing virtual reality applications using the Scilab environment

Abstract: Various technical, business and social oriented applications require a powerful environment supporting interoperability over the web. Optimized solutions are necessary not only for economically point of view but also for entertainment. This paper illustrates a large plethora of techniques based on Scilab environment to implement virtual reality applications for education. Modelling and simulation aspects, programming techniques and graphical visualization practices are some of the topics under discussion. Practical examples illustrates the power of Scilab for developing a large class of virtual reality applications.
5.  
COMAN MIHAELA,
CARAMAN DOROTHEA LIDIA,
SIVECO Romania, Romania
mihaela.coma[at]siveco.ro
dorothea.caraman[at]siveco.ro
Section: TECH
Title of paper: DECIDE-IT

Abstract: DECIDE-IT is a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project which belongs to the Lifelong Learning Programme. DECIDE-IT’s main aim is to create an innovative learning method, easily used, which improves learners’ abilities when they are forced to take decisions in stressful situations. The DECIDE-IT project was funded with support from the European Commission - the Leonardo da Vinci Programme. The Leonardo da Vinci Programme funds practical projects in the field of vocational education and training. Initiatives range from those giving individuals work-related training abroad to large-scale co-operation efforts.
6. COMAN MIHAELA,
CARAMAN DOROTHEA LIDIA,
SIVECO Romania, Romania
mihaela.coma[at]siveco.ro
dorothea.caraman[at]siveco.ro
Section: TECH
Title of paper: TOL4FOOD- Transfer of knowledge and training for European traditional food producers related to innovative quality control methodologies

Abstract: TOL4FOOD is a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project which belongs to the Lifelong Learning Programme. TOL4FOOD’s main aim is to promote cooperation and mobility between researchers and SMEs- traditional food processors from Romania, Spain and Portugal in the field of assessing the authenticity of traditional foods as a mean of improving the transfer of knowledge and good practices. The Leonardo da Vinci Programme funds practical projects in the field of vocational education and training. Initiatives range from those giving individuals work-related training abroad to large-scale co-operation efforts. Innovation projects are essential to the programme; they aim to improve the quality of training systems by developing and transferring innovative policies, courses, teaching methods, materials and procedures.
7. MARCHIS IULIANA, assoc.professor PhD
"Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
iuliana.marchis[at]ubbcluj.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Selection, creation and integration of educational softwares by in-service teachers

Abstract: Computer assisted teaching (CAL) is considered to be a modern teaching method. But it is not widely used by teachers because lack of technology and adequate educational softwares in schools; or lack of teachers’ knowledge on methodology and computer use. An important aspect of CAL is selection of the adequate educational software and its integration in the teaching/learning process. This paper presents a qualitative research on what in-service teachers consider important when choosing educational software; how they use these features in electronic lessons developed by them; and how they integrate these lessons in the teaching/learning process. Teachers’ answers about important features of a good educational software, the electronic lessons made by them, and the lesson plans in which they integrate their soft were analyzed. The results show that even if most of the teachers know how a good educational software should be, some of them can’t integrate these features in their electronic lessons because lack of computer knowledge or inadequate time allocated for developing this lesson. Some of the teachers don’t know how to integrate an electronic lesson in the teaching/learning process. The results highlight the importance of organizing practical training courses for CAL.
8. BUIOCA DAN CONSTANTIN (1), assoc. professor PhD
BUIOCA MARIANA (2), Physics Teacher
(1) University of Petrosani, Romania
(2) Technical College of Vulcan, Romania
dan_buioca[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: e-Skills for Applied Sciences Labs

Abstract: A non-classical approach of applied sciences labs (physics, chemistry, and engineering) in high schools and universities, involving e-skills for the 21st century, based on market demands, are presented and discussed. Students should have access to both classical and modern type labs, allowing them to choose labs subjects according to their interests in career. Taking into account that each lab has its technical limits, and cannot offer all knowledge and skills asked by labor market, it should offer its own e-labs, but also other e-labs running in other labs. Authors propose a set of basic rules for preparing and running e-labs: how to record labs, process video and pictures files, measure and process data, share labs on internet. Some basic accessible software (Windows Movie Maker, Paint, Screen Calipers, MathCAD) and lab subjects (mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, environmental and nuclear measurements) are discussed.
9. CRISAN ALINA(1), lecturer PhD
ENACHE ROXANA (2), assoc. professor PhD
(1) Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Department Teacher Training, Romania
(2) National University of Arts, Romania
alina_n_crisan[at]yahoo.com, rocatare[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEDU
Title of paper: The impact of internet use in the learning process

Abstract: Our research showed that an important benefit offered by the use of Internet is opening a stock of interactive media resources available globally. This information offer allows both students and teachers access to materials, the latest news and data. Teachers can collect process and exchange teaching and learning materials to use in their classes. Students can explore areas of interest in an organized manner, individually or collectively. The information found can be used for planning, problem solving activities, homework and writing essays. This additional source of information is essential for creating more student-centered learning environments, exploration and research environments, in which the teacher takes other roles than the sole supplier of information. Using the Internet as a medium of learning increases student self-control in that we can talk about behavior and involvement oriented towards reaching goals.
10. CRISAN ALINA(1), lecturer PhD
ENACHE ROXANA (2), assoc. professor PhD
(1) Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Department Teacher Training, Romania
(2) National University of Arts, Romania
alina_n_crisan[at]yahoo.com, rocatare[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEDU
Title of paper: Active, collaborative and constructivist learning by means of the new information technologies

Abstract: The education system in its entirety is facing a social challenge represented especially by the development of information society: a strong demand from society for a genuine education based on new individual and collective skills; the accelerated rate of change due to new information and communication technologies; the demand for new forms of learning, less institutional, and with access to information and knowledge; new job applications in relation to training opportunities that require changes in education from individual competitiveness towards a development of teamwork skills; a growing demand for greater autonomy in planning options for continuous training (lifelong learning). The current research aims to analyze the impact of using new information technologies on learning.
11. OPREA MIHAELA, professor PhD
University Petroleum-Gas of Ploiesti, Department of Automatics, Computers and Electronics, Romania
mihaela[at]upg-ploiesti.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: On the Development of a General Educational Ontology for University Didactical Activities

Abstract: The development of a web-based education requires the use of educational ontologies. Knowledge sharing between teachers and students is facilitated by using terms and concepts defined in such ontologies. Any didactical activity from a university has three main phases: teaching, learning and examination. During each phase run specific models, methods, techniques, approaches, and styles are used, most of them being related to those used in the other two phases. In this context, the improvement of the whole didactical activity can be more effective if the educational ontologies include apart from the pure theoretical and technical course domain dependent concepts, some course independent concepts (e.g. from the pedagogical, methodological and psychological web-based educational views). Examples of such concepts are the teaching style, teaching method, learning style, student model, examination method and so on. The paper proposes a general educational ontology for university didactical activities, based on the guidelines of the EduOntoFrame educational ontology development framework.
12. MARCHIS IULIANA, assoc.professor PhD
"Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
iuliana.marchis[at]ubbcluj.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Integrating multimedia in teaching/learning process by pre-service teachers

Abstract: Multimedia is attractive for pupils and it could help a better understanding of the content (for example, using simulations pupils could understand a phenomenon better than using only oral explanations). For efficiency, it is important what kind of media we use and how we integrate it in the teaching/learning process. This paper presents a research on what kind of media pre-service teachers would use, in which moment of the lesson and how they plan to integrate it and what difficulties they think they would face. Pre-service teachers were asked to make a lesson plan in which they integrate different kind of media. For each moment in which they would use digital media they have it identify the possible difficulties and solutions. These lessons plans were qualitatively analyzed. The results show that some of the pre-service teachers plan to use different digital media only for the sake of using it, without integrating properly in the right moment of the lesson. An identified preconception about computer assisted teaching is that teacher should use some digital media in every moment of the lesson. The results highlight the importance of teacher training courses on multimedia in education.
13. OMIDVAR AMIN, PhD, IT manager
KARBASI MOHAMAD AMIN,
AmirKabir University, Iran
aminomidvar[at]aut.ac.ir
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Design and Implementation of a Decision Support System for University Course Scheduling using Integer Linear Programming

Abstract: Constructing a course timetable for an educational institution is a very demanding and difficult job because of considering lots of constraints such as fulfill teaching preferences, conflict in teaching hours and the continuity of teaching hours, etc. A decision support system for university time tabling problem is presented in this paper. Linear integer programming (ILP) is employed in order to build a novel model for university course timetable which could consider the satisfaction of expressed lecturers and students' preferences in terms of teaching periods or days of the week or even classrooms for specified courses. The built model provides constraints for numerous requirements and operational rules which could be detected in most educational institutions. A decision support system (DSS) based on the proposed model is built and the implementation of the DSS have given satisfying results for industrial engineering department of Amirkabir University.
14. ZAMFIROIU ALIN, PhD student
The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
zamfiroiu[at]ici.ro
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Using Web Service in a Mobile Learning Environment

Abstract: Web services are used to support interoperability between multiple devices on a network. Because standard allowed by web services can be used both for traditional computers and mobile devices. Thus web services provides access to a database of several types of devices and different types of applications. Mobile applications running on devices with low memory and processor weaker than the traditional computer. Using web services for processing with high energy is required for mobile devices. Using mobile devices has grown lately due to its ease of use and access to information regardless of location and time. Access to information is done through web services because they have low power consumption and, also require a minimum data transfer via the Internet sing the XML standard. In this paper web service developed for mobile learning application is presented. The model of using web services in a mobile application is shown on a prototype developed in Learning Environment.
15. KARDAN AHMAD, PhD
TEIMOORI SHABNAM, M.S.
AmirKabir University, Iran
aakardan[at]aut.ac.ir
teymuri_sh[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: An Effective Method for Semantic Richness Assessment of E-Content by Using Wordnet Ontology

Abstract: Content is one of the important elements of any electronic environments. Therefore, Web content can be the best medium for communication and collaboration. Increasing the importance of content can be investigated from two aspects: firstly from the search engines point of view and secondly, from the users’ perspective. During the search, engines use keywords to find quality content and this is the main criterion for their ratings. Therefore, adding keywords is an effective method which is used by internet experts. In e-learning, the ability to measure the effectiveness of learning is important since it can be used to support educational objectives. Despite the fact that many systems are to evaluate the content, they have not yet used a developed methodology for assessing the e-content. In this study, we examine the tags which are attached by the user in order to evaluate the content. The more complete is the content in semantic richness, the more accurate users and search engines can identify the key concepts. In this paper, an evaluation architecture and algorithm have been suggested for the aforementioned purpose. Moreover, its implementation and its test are carried out in an e-learning system. In this study, Word sense disambiguation strategy based on the lexical Wordnet database is considered to determine the accuracy of the tags assigned by the user in comparison with an expert. At the end, the outcome of the evaluation is compared with an expert’s judgment. The results indicate good accuracy and precision of the proposed solution.
16. KRASTEV KRASIMIR, Assoc. Prof. PhD
YORGOVA RADOSTINA,
DINEVA SNEJANA, Assoc. Prof. PhD
Trakia University, Faculty of Techniques and Technology of Yambol, Bulgaria
sbdineva[at]abv.bg
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Acceptance of New Learning and Teaching Methods by Students

Abstract: With the utilization of new teaching and learning methods new forms of learning emerged. In Faculty "Technics and Technology" – Yambol, Trakia University – St. Zagora, VLE has been created and applied, using Moodle platform. The opinion of students from extramural training program has been investigated about quality of education based on the new applied methods of teaching. Students positively accepted new technics and tools of teaching and study without impact of their own skills of working with computers and new technology.
17. MOISE LUMINIŢA DOMINICA, Teacher
CRISTEA RUXANDRA, Teacher
"Nicolae Kretzulescu" Commercial High School of Bucharest, Romania
dominic_moise[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Geometry - Science and Art

Abstract: The paper presents some ways of using the new technologies to help the students understand classic geometry, as well as the bases of fractal geometry. As it is dedicated to the famous Romanian geometer Gheorghe Ţiţeica upon the anniversary of 140 years since his birth, the paper also presents a few of his results in classical geometry. The results are of high interest for the students and are presented by using new educational technologies.
18. POP ANISOARA, PhD Associate Professor
"Dimitrie Cantemir" University of Targu Mures, Romania
anisoara_pp[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Edmodo ePortfolios in EFL - A case study

Abstract: Edmodo is a free software, safe, virtual learning environment, helping students and teachers connect and collaborate outside the face-to-face learning time, which makes it an ideal tool to be explored and adopted by teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL). Our case study will reflect on using the Edmodo Assignment feature as an ePortfolio of EFL student productions and progress. Written productions, speaking and listening contributions, which would be otherwise rather difficult to process and assess in real time, are accomodated by the platform and contribute to a finer assessment process. The outcomes and qualitative resuls of employing the EFL portfolio of speaking/writing/listening activities of a mixed-ability group of adult geography students, for two-semesters, are presented.
19. BURLACU NATALIA, Senior lecturer, PhD candidate
Chishinau Pedagogical State University " Ion Creangă ", Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies in Education (IITE), Department of IITE, Rep. Moldova.
NatBurlacu[at]hotmail.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Educational software: Linguistic Training method for foreign languages' speakers

Abstract:This article describes the educational applications of own conception ("DicEl" and "RecitalMaster") developed by the author for studying the Romanian Language by language regions' people vis-a-vis of other close themed projects. Proposed educational software are applicable in the conditions of: self-study; student-teacher contact (full and-or partial, or at the distance). These elaborations are absolutely adaptable for studying other foreign languages.
20. DOBRE IULIANA, PhD candidate
University Petroleum-Gas of Ploiesti, Department of Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Romania
iulianadobre[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The BLEU algorithm utilization for the students knowledge evaluation under an Intelligent Tutoring System

Abstract: The Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) have captured the attention of the researchers since the beginnings of the computer programming domain study, these systems being capable to combine three different domain theories which are: the artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology and education. Currently, it is believed that ITS will represent the future of education and will take gradually the place of the traditional educational system although the ITS efficiency is still debated. The specialized studies have demonstrated that a student who is using a well-developed training system is able to achieve one class above the average of a public school class, mainly due to the fact that an ITS has the capability to adapt to the student’s knowledge and abilities. In this paper it is presented the BLEU algorithm and the manner how this algorithm it is used to evaluate the answers formulated as text and given by the students to the questions generated by the ITS. The ITS proposed has the capability to assist the students and any other users who are looking to acquire and to better define the concepts related to the computer programming domain. Also, the ITS could follow permanently the student’s progress and can offer a personalized feedback based on the analysis of the answers, the analysis being done using the BLEU algorithm and Natural Language Processing technologies. Moreover, the proposed ITS give the possibility to the user to collimate his evolution since the moment of his registration into the system.
21. NEDEVA VESELINA, Assoc. Prof. PhD
DINEVA SNEJANA, Assoc. Prof. PhD
Trakia University, Faculty of Techniques and Technology, Bulgaria
veselina.nedeva[at]gmail.com
sbdineva[at]abv.bg
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Design and development of efficient e-learning courses

Abstract: The following article presents the stages of the designing and development of e-learning courses and their content. The factors, influencing the efficiency of the e-learning courses in the process of their development, are also shown. The good practices in the developmental process for efficient e-courses are presented, and are supported with examples driven form the authors's own experience.
Keyword: e-learning, design course, development course, efficient e-course.
22. DINEVA SNEJANA, Assoc. Prof. PhD
KRASTEV KRASIMIR, Assoc. Prof. PhD
YORGOVA RADOSTINA,
Trakia University, Faculty of Techniques and Technology of Yambol, Bulgaria
sbdineva[at]abv.bg
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Conditions That Can Advance the Learning Effectiveness

Abstract: Educators must be prepared for a technology-rich future and keep up with change by adopting effective approaches that permeate lessons with appropriate technologies. Students view teaching with the use of new technics and e-learning materials as more attractive and think that the adequate equipment in computer rooms of dormitories will improve their self-preparation and the efficiency of learning.
Key words: Web-based learning, e-learning, computers, educational technology, quality of education, learning effectiveness.
23. DINEVA SNEJANA, Assoc. Prof. PhD
NEDEVA VESELINA, Assoc. Prof. PhD
Trakia University, Faculty of Techniques and Technology, Bulgaria
veselina.nedeva[at]gmail.com
sbdineva[at]abv.bg
Section: M&M
Title of paper: How Technology Influence Student Attendance and Success

Abstract: The educational process supported by information and communication technology (ICT) changed the traditional education. Technology is used to create more meaningful and attractive assignments. The report analyzed the influence of available Web-based e-learning materials on students’ interest, motivation, lessons attendance and exam success. Power Point presentation technology can engage students by making lectures more interactive and allows lectures to keep track of whether students understand the material.
Key words: Web-based learning, e-learning, lessons attendance, exam success.
24. GRIGORE I., PhD
MIRON CRISTINA,
BARNA E. S. ,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Romania
grigore_nl[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Using the conceptual map method in the teaching of fundamental concepts of electromagnetism

Abstract: This paper presents a conceptual map with resources for the teaching of fundamental concepts of electromagnetism starting from Maxwell’s equations. The network of concepts is organized so that it emphasizes the deep connection between electromagnetism and other domains of Physics such as classic mechanics or the theory of relativity. There are highlighted the concepts that may constitute resources for the formation of a new conceptual map in connection to the main one, an example in this respect being the concept of electromagnetic waves. These developed maps aim at the elimination of certain obstacles met in the process of teaching and learning of electromagnetism.
25. DOBRE IULIANA, PhD candidate
University Petroleum-Gas of Ploiesti, Department of Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Romania
iulianadobre[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The Design of an Intelligent Tutoring System Using the Natural Language Processing Technologies

Abstract: Today’s society has increasingly more in need of learning techniques of high quality and, therefore, it has become increasingly clear the necessity to supplement the knowledge acquired by traditional means, taught by a teacher and using learning programs computer-assisted. The researches performed in the Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) represent a lever between artificial intelligence, cognitive science and education. The main advantages of computer-assisted versus traditional tutoring are those that a computer never turn tired, the system is always available at any time and can be accessed by users from everywhere. In addition, compared with a classic computer-assisted tutoring system, the ITS offers a personalised assistance and a real time feedback to the student, moulding itself on the student needs, and having as main purposes to enhance student’s learning grade, such target being easily achieved by building the model of the individual. The purpose of this paper is to present an ITS designed by using Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies. The ITS main scope is to assist the users in their learning process for the computer programming discipline. For building the ITS proposed by the author, the following main steps will be taken: a) build a model of the student, b) follow out the student evolution during the tests with questions having answers in the form of text, c) analyse all student’s answers by using NLP technologies, and d) generate a personalized feedback.
26. SINU RALUCA, PhD
MICU CORINA SILVIA,
"Transilvania" University of Brasov, Faculty of Languages and Literatures, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Romania
raluca.sinu[at]unitbv.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Using a pilot e-dictionary to teach lexicography and raise dictionary awareness

Abstract: Dictionaries have always played an important role in the activity of language students. The technological revolution brought about by computers led to the creation of a new type of dictionary, i.e. the electronic dictionary, which is increasingly replacing traditional reference works. In this context, it becomes essential to familiarize language students with e-dictionaries, to make them aware of the potential these new tools hold when used appropriately, as well as of the possible dangers deriving from their incorrect use. Our paper examines the way these objectives can be fulfilled using a pilot e-dictionary, namely Lexica dictionary (http://lexica.unitbv.ro/). It also focuses on the Lexica dictionary as a hands-on method of understanding and learning the lexicographic principles and of implementing them by providing students with a framework which allows them to simulate lexicographic tasks involved in the different stages of dictionary-making, such as the selection of terms or of the appropriate types of information to include in the microstructure.
27.  
GRIGORE IONEL, PhD Candidate
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Bucharest-Magurele, Romania
grigore_nl[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Using Excel Spreadsheets to Simulate the Electric Circuits of Alternating Current

Abstract: This paper presents an instrument used to simulate the circuit RLC series of alternating current by using Excel spreadsheets. There are highlighted the facilities offered by spreadsheets both for the calculus of measures specific for the alternating current, and for the graphic representations. There is a detailed presentation of the design of the instrument with the aid of the functions placed at disposal by the program Microsoft Excel. The instrument is useful both in teaching and learning, and it can easily be adapted in other situations.
28. DUCHEVA ZLATOELI, Assoc. Prof. PhD
PEHLIVANOVA MARGARITA,
DINEVA SNEJANA, Assoc. Prof. PhD
Trakia University, Faculty of Techniques and Technology, Yambol, Bulgaria
veselina.nedeva[at]gmail.com
sbdineva[at]abv.bg
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Opportunities for students to evaluate the electronic courses (According to the teacher)

Abstract: The report examinate the students’ opportunity to evaluate the e- training courses in order to increase their quality and efficiency. Review has been made based on various author sources that indicate the types and stages for fulfillment of assessment and the feedback from students and the formation of a culture for evaluation. Strategies for overcome the confrontation to the evaluation of e-courses by students have been studied through planning, collaboration, creativity, respect and personal responsibility.
Keywords: evaluation, quality and efficiency of e-courses.
29.  
DINICA MARIA (1), PhD Candidate
DINESCU LUMINITA (2), PhD Physics Teacher
(1) University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Bucharest-Magurele, Romania
(2) "Dimitrie Leonida" Technical College, Bucharest, Romania
mariadinica[at]gmail.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Getting to know Physics more by using computer simulations

Abstract: A higher motivation for the study of physics, as well an increased effectiveness of the educational approaches, requires the using of those strategies that provide students with the opportunity to become familiar with the notions that would allow them to better understand physical phenomena. The transition from the classical approach of physical phenomena that uses extremely simplified models to actually explaining them as they occur in real life can be facilitated by using computer simulations. These simulations take into account a larger number of parameters and illustrate their simultaneous influence on the development of the phenomenon. In this paper, we present the way in which the study of uniform circular motion can be deepened by using computer simulations.
30. KARDAN AHMAD, PhD
SALARMEHR REZA,
AmirKabir University of Technology, Iran
aakardan[at]aut.ac.ir
salarmehr[at]aut.ac.ir
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Using the Pattern of Contributions to Build a Robust Reputation System in Collaborative Environments

Abstract: In recent years, numerous collaborative web applications have been successfully used to create encyclopaedias, learning-objects, maps and so on. Trust and reputation systems are two important components of all collaborative information repositories like Wikipedia. The open nature of such repositories encourages contribution. However, this also makes vandalism and low quality contribution possible. Reputation systems try to provide some mechanisms to evaluate the quality of contributions and prevent malicious and untrusted users from harming the resources and encourage constructive behaviours. In this paper, we present an innovative reputation system that uses article evaluation patterns to calculate the author's reputation values. It uses a function called controlled influence function to prevent oligarchy. In this paper we investigate on the evaluation of Wikipedia's articles at sentence level. Our reputation system is more human-understandable than other similar systems and is resistant to a wide range of related attacks.
Keywords: Open Collaboration, Reputation System, Trust, Wiki
31. KARDAN AHMAD, PhD
SALARMEHR REZA,
AmirKabir University of Technology, Iran
aakardan[at]aut.ac.ir
salarmehr[at]aut.ac.ir
Section: M&M
Title of paper: A Trust System Based on Considering Expertise Levels

Abstract: Thus far, the reputation systems that have been proposed for open collaborative environments assign a single quantitative value to user's collaborations regardless of the contexts of their collaborations. As a result, users with a lot of minor and general collaborations gain higher reputation. Experts generally collaborate in their expertise contexts that involve a limited number of collaborations, and they will gain reputation less than those with numerous collaborations. However, we know that experts' contributions in their expertise fields are far more trustable than non-experts. In this paper, an attempt is made to find the expertise areas and assign reputation values according to their expertise levels for each users. So if a user has expertise in physics, the trust values for his/her created contents will be more than other non-expert users.
Keywords: Expert Finding, Open Collaboration, Reputation System, Trust, Wiki
32. STOICA DANIELA, PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA, PhD Lecturer
JIPA AL., PhD Professor
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Romania
cmiron_2001[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Process of Heat Transfer through Computer Assisted Experiments

Abstract: This experiment intends to use the notions regarding heat transfer in order to explain the control over the human body’s temperature using an interdisciplinary activity between Physics and Anatomy. The usage of the computer assisted experiments enable the teacher to combine the traditional teaching methods with the interactive modern ones. By doing this, a favorable studying environment will be created in order to help students comprehend complex concepts and apply this knowledge in real life experience.
Key words: Computer assisted experiments, Interdisciplinary activity, Physics, Heat transfer.
33. STOICA DANIELA, PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA, PhD Lecturer
JIPA AL., PhD Professor
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Romania
cmiron_2001[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Study Ohm’s Low using Different Types of Experiments

Abstract: Physics is one of the sciences connected with many practical applications from real life. An innovative way to teach physics is to use computer-assisted experiments in order to enhance students’ comprehension of physical phenomena. In this paper, traditional teaching and computer assisted teaching physics were compared to learn the basic laws of electricity. "Ohm's Law", which is an important law in physics and in other fields, was chosen as an example. To teach this law an interactive simulation, a real laboratory experiment and a computer-aided experiment were used. The study also shows how the students are engaging during the experiment, and what the advantages and the disadvantages of each type of experiment are. In order to conduct experiments we have used modern teaching tools such as: computer educational software, interactive whiteboard and an experimental setup COBRA equipped with data acquisition sensors and processing software. For the interactive simulations we have used some from the Phet Colorado Project, which are available for free download. Using these multidisciplinary work conceptions the teachers could make physical activity lessons interactive and could motivate students to learn Physics laws better. Our research’s second objective was to also determine the students’ interest for the new teaching technologies. In order to achieve this objective, a questionnaire was drawn up for the students. Analyzing the answers we could see that the new teaching methods could facilitate the understanding of Physics concepts and could help students to apply Physics knowledge.
Key words: Interactive simulation, Real laboratory experiment, Computer-aided experiment.
34. OPREA MARIN, PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA, PhD Lecturer
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Romania
opreamarin2007[at]yahoo.com
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Applied Physics Projects Using the Arduino Platform

Abstract: The element of novelty and innovation is an extremely important factor for any educational endeavour. In this respect, the Arduino open-source platform could be considered an extremely useful resource for the setup of innovative applications or projects in the physics class. Designed as a small-sized microcontroller, it is capable to collect data from the surrounding environment through a series of sensors, such as distance, pressure, vibration, temperature, humidity, acceleration, force, light, PIR sensors etc. The present article focuses on the creative uses of the Arduino Uno platform in the physics class. This platform is based on the microcontroller ATM328 and has an architecture compatible with a wide range of tasks in automation: from the control of the servomotors inside a robot to the analysis of environmental parameters through a weather station. With a minimal investment and a substantial economy in terms of space, time and materials needed for certain projects, the teacher and the students are able to perform a series of exciting applications in the physics class. Moreover, through the use of this Arduino platform, the students are invited to improve their computing skills, as basic notions of C/C++ programming are needed to operate the platform. The class can thus be engaged in attractive projects of applied physics, because Arduino provides a nearly limitless array of applications which create a fun learning atmosphere.
35. OPREA MARIN, PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA, PhD Lecturer
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Romania
opreamarin2007[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Designing of Virtual Experiments for the Physics Class

Abstract: Physics laboratories have their limitation with respect to equipment and measurement devices. In such circumstances, when the necessary technical resources are not available, some experiments are much harder to perform. The ones which can be performed are limited in terms of setup and the extent of concrete quantitative measurements. The solution to overcome these problems resides in the development of a virtual physics laboratory. Virtual instrumentation enables the setup of experiments that can cover a wide range of situations, complementing the domain of real experiments. In this article we will illustrate the creation of a virtual experiment for the determination of physical quantities using both the graphical programming environment LabView and the application MS Excel. Our focus was laid on the lesson „Alternative Current Series Circuit RLC”, where we calculated and graphically represented the following physical quantities, depending on the frequency of the circuit power source: current (I), voltage (U), reactance (XL, XC), impedance (Z) and phase shift (φ).
36. CZIPROK CLAUDIA, PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA, PhD Lecturer
POPESCU F. F., PhD Professor
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Romania
clcziprok[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The Vee Heuristic Applied for Research of Hydrogen Atom

Abstract: This paper proposes a visual approach to the study of hydrogen atom at the high school, providing a basis for both theoretical and conceptual content, but also for knowledge analysis, processing and interpretation or reflection. There are many benefits to using Vee diagram by students: help them see the connection between what they already know and the new knowledge they produce or try to understand, has psychological value since encourages learning not only effective but also helps to understand process in which people construct knowledge, and if used explicit conceptual maps as part of Vee diagram, the connection between knowledge and learning is quite evident. Students have unlimited online access to study of theoretical and conceptual content for create and upload their own Vee diagrams: http://clcziprok.wikispaces.com/Hydrogen+atom
Key words: the Vee diagram, conceptual map, cognitive learning theory, meaningful learning, Physics, Hydrogen atom.
37. BUCUR NORICA-FELICIA (1,2), PhD candidate, Assistent Lecturer
POPA OANA-RICA (1,3), PhD candidate, Teacher
(1) University of Bucharest, Doctoral School in Educational Sciences, Romania
(2) Department of Social and Administrative Sciences, "Nicolae Titulescu" University
(3) Grigore Moisil Secondary School, Ploiesti, Romania
norica.bucur[at]gmail.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Using ICT in Teaching: A view from Romanian Prospective Teachers

Abstract: Starting from the assumption that current Romanian university students enrolled in teacher education programmes have directly or indirectly been immersed in technology for most of their schooling life, this paper aims at investigating these students’ attitude towards using their ICT skills in their future teaching career. Drawing on recent reports and research covering the close link that has been or should be established between ICT and education, a small-scale questionnaire survey was conducted in order to check the validity of our assumption and, also to identify the factors that might enable or block prospective teachers’ to develop confidence in using ICT-based activities in their teaching. The subjects’ answers reveal both the opportunities and the obstacles, leading us to the conclusion that more emphasis sould be laid on the practical issues related to the integration of ICT into the learning-teaching-assessment strategies, as pedagogical and not technical support is badly needed.
38. STOICA IOANA, Physics teacher
"Tudor Vianu' National High School of Computer Science, Bucharest, Romania
istoica4143[at]gmail.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Modern methods of introducing basic Physics concepts

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to point out an interactive method to introduce basic physics concepts to youngest students. I will emphasize the way one can use modern methods such as GPS localization, educational software and geographic maps, in order to lure students into developing experimental skills. I will focus upon the advantages of this kind of approach. Studying physics in such an interdisciplinary and interactive way could be at the same time funny but nonetheless rigorous.
39. AILENI RALUCA MARIA, PhD Eng.
The National Research & Development Institute for Textiles and Leather, Bucharest, Romania
raluca.aileni[at]certex.ro
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Software application for textile parameters modeling for noninvasive medical destination

Abstract: This paper presents a software application created for revolve the complex mathematical formulas used in describe the parameters for textile products used in noninvasive medical area. The algorithm programming application was done by using the programming language FORTRAN and the advantage of computing power gives by usage of the GRID Network solutions. The reason of using Grid is that Grid is best suited for applications with a data-parallel nature that require many simultaneous independent calculations like formulas based of Bessel functions and integrals. This software application used to resolve the problem of the calculation of the complex parameters used in the textile product modeling. The goal of this software application is to facilitate the necessary structural modeling textile parameters for complex noninvasive medical destination.
40. AILENI RALUCA MARIA, PhD Eng.
The National Research & Development Institute for Textiles and Leather, Bucharest, Romania
raluca.aileni[at]certex.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Algorithm design for predictive method used for thermal insulation and absorption in case of the advanced textile material for modern architecture

Abstract: This paper presents an algorithm for calculation and analyze of the thermal absorption and insulation capacity of the textile materials used in construction. The algorithm is used for creating a software application for obtaining the predictive appreciation of the thermal insulation based on specific heat thermal and conductivity of textiles material. The objective and also the advantage of this method are to create fast the optimal model textile structure, based on chemical composition and structural analyze, for obtaining a good thermal insulation. It knows that the textile construction, generally and in particular for interior design, is a component of modern architecture and it is accepted increasingly all over the world. The disadvantages of the classical method are that the real model with textile and construction material involves an encapsulation of the textile material in the building model and the real model it is such very expensive. This algorithm and software application can be useful for textile and construction engineering area.
41. MARCIUC DALY (1), Mathematics Teacher
CSEREOKA PETRA (2), Student
(1)"Mihai Eminescu" National College of Satu Mare, Romania
(2) "Politehnica" University of Timișoara, Timișoara, Romania
daly.marciuc[at]gmail.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Interactive Electronic Textbooks for Maths Learning

Abstract: This paper describes an educational software for a Geometry lesson, "Discovering and Proving Circle Properties", grades K8, developed by the author after completion the Professional Development Programme "Any teacher could be an educational software developer", project financed by European Funds, Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The paper presents a way to meet the goal of a good mathematics education for all children and which are the advantages of using interactive electronic textbooks for learning and assessment in Mathematics.
42. BRANESCU ALINA, Researcher
LOGOFATU CRISTIAN,
LOGOFATU MIHAI,
University of Bucharest, Department CREDIS, Romania
alina.mureanu[at]credis.ro
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Social Media in Education

Abstract: This article is aiming to present: (i) our pilot tests on using social media; (ii) some ideas that might be implemented, during the new academic year (2013-2014), within the Department for DL (acronym CREDIS), University of Bucharest, Romania. In the age of Web 2.0, the authors’ asked themselves why do not use social media to support teaching and learning within university. Electronic platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ can be used to create a “place” for communication and collaboration of the students. Here, they can ask questions and they can debate ideas presented in the course / class in order to deeply understanding the topics; they can also share information concerning administrative and academic issues (dates for holidays, dates for tutor mark assessments, dates for final examination, how to obtain the maximum mark etc.) Chapter 1 will include information on using Facebook and Google plus in our activities. The authors’ experience with Facebook is associated with private sector. We have experimented both with Facebook's Closed Groups feature and the Pages feature in order to increase the degree of involvement. Meanwhile, a pilot test with Google Plus was carried out during the second semester of the academic year 2012-2013. Chapter 2 will summarize some experiences provided by other teachers. The authors would be interested to debate this subject, during the ICVL 2013 conference, together with other valuable colleagues from higher education in Romania.
43.

LOGOFATU BOGDAN, PhD Professor
LOGOFATU MICHAELA, PhD Professor
MUREANU ALINA, Researcher
University of Bucharest, Department CREDIS, Romania
logofatu[at]credis.ro

Section: M&M
Title of paper: Standards for Accreditation of the ODL Study Programmes

Abstract: This article is aiming to presents the current situation and next future trends concerning the accreditation of the ODL study programmes, in Romania. During the last 15 years, the authors were deeply involved in designing, implementing and running ODL study programmes within University of Bucharest, Department for ODL (acronym CREDIS). We have to highlight an important aspect for ODL in Romania: starting with 2005, all the ODL study programmes have to be accredited by the national authority ARACIS (Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, formerly CNEAA- National Council for Academic Evaluation and Accreditation). Fortunately, all CREDIS ODL study programmes were implemented based on the ARACIS procedures and, consequently, all of them are fully accredited (“acreditare cu incredere”) at this time and the authors have a good knowledge of the field. As it concerns the current procedures used by ARACIS (http://www.aracis.ro/proceduri) in order to evaluate the ODL study programmes, the article will present, in the chapter 1, a critical review of the existing procedures. In the chapter 2, the authors will present some suggestions to update / improve these existing standards in order to put the new standards, that it will be created in the next future. These suggestions will be focused on the ODL activities, especially for communication and collaboration. The authors recommend the use, for this purpose, of the electronic platforms.
44.

STEFAN VERONICA, PhD Associate Professor
"Valahia" University of Targoviste, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Romania
veronica.stefan[at]ats.com.ro

Section: M&M
Title of paper: Learning toolkit in the Digital Agenda

Abstract: As a natural ability, learning skill is a continuous ongoing process itself, with different results and consequences depending on each human activity. By declaring the Society of knowledge and Lifelong learning support, the directives and measures revealed and encouraged many actions to increase the use of digital technologies in learning process, as an effective way to extending the dynamics of this process and also as an extension for the entire cycle of life. National and European regulations have raised awareness of the need to build a set of digital tools for learning as well as procedures and practices based on the specific activity, category, nature of job, age categories and the scope of learning. To make a conscious process of learning throughout life and to get maximum results, it is necessary and useful to obtain an inventory of main categories of the digital tools for learning, considering Digital Agenda for Europe and concerns at national level in the field.
45.

POPESCU DORU ANASTASIU, PhD Lecturer
University of Pitesti, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Romania
dopopan[at]yahoo.com

Section: M&M
Title of paper: Model for calculating the rank of a web page

Abstract: In the context of uses in all domanins of information on the Internet,a very important mechanism for finding web pages that contain information is related of a particular topic. In this paper we present a way of ranking web pages in a web application that can be used by various algorithms in a search engine. Ranking web pages will be calculating the rank of a web page according to certain design features.
46.

COZMA GEORGETA, PhD candidate Teacher
"Mihai Emiescu" National College, Satu Mare, Romania
cozmageorgeta20[at]yahoo.com

Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Trans disciplinary multi-touch application: Man from Earth to Heaven

Abstract: This work presents the activity of a team from "Mihai Eminescu" National College in Satu Mare for the "Multi-touch" project which was co-financed from the ‘Optimized educational process for competences in the knowledge society’ European Social Fund. As part of the activities related to the project, after the end of the project competition which took place between January-March 2011, 8 high school teaching units have won multi-touch laboratories. "Mihai Eminescu" National College was among the winners. Having won the competition proves that all the team members were aware of the need to change the educational paradigm. The theme of the multi-touch application is an example for implementing trans disciplinary postulates, man’s wish to self-improve. This work will thus be the story of the dream to fly. The the ‘Optimized educational process for competences in the knowledge society’ is implemented by the Externally Financed Project Management Unit within the Education Ministry in a partnership with SIVECO Romania and the ‘Carol I’ National Defense University and is co-financed from the European Social fund with The Sectorial Human Resources Development Operational Programme 2007-2013. The project has been developed over a period of 3 years (December 2009-November 2012). Recently, the multi-touch project has reached the finals in the International Project Excellence Award 2013.
[IPMA - International Project Management Association:
http://ipma.ch/award-news/ipma-announces-the-pe-award-finalists-2013/):
the 27th IPMA World Congress 2013 - http://www.ipma2013.hr/

[Project "Multi-Touch": http://transdisciplinar.pmu.ro/primapagina ]

47.

POPESCU DORU ANASTASIU (1), PhD Lecturer
BOLD NICOLAE (2), Student
(1) University of Pitesti, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Romania
(2) University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Faculty of Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and Rural Development – Slatina, Romania
dopopan[at]yahoo.com

Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Web application presentation of timetable for a university website

Abstract: This web application presents into a attractive form the timetable of the faculty of the university. The web application is created with the usage of PHP language combined with MySQL for databases, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It also contains forms used by an administrator to log in, insert or delete classes in order to create the schedule. The content comes from databases and is modified and output specific web developing languages. This type of timetable helps the students to inform about their classes using an easy reliable way.
48.

LOGOFATU BOGDAN, PhD Professor
BRANESCU ALINA, Researcher
University of Bucharest, Department CREDIS, Romania
logofatu[at]unibuc-virtual.net
logofatu[at]credis.ro

Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Pilot test on using Google Apps as LMS

Abstract: A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs. LMSs range from systems for managing training and educational records to software for distributing online or blended/hybrid college courses over the Internet with features for online collaboration. Colleges and universities use LMSs to deliver online courses and augment on-campus courses. Corporate training departments use LMSs to deliver online training, as well as automate record-keeping and employee registration” (http://en.wikipedia.org). This article is aiming to present the experience acquired by the authors within the DDLUB(Department for Distance Learning - University of Bucharest, Romania). This experience includes: Blackboard, CREDIS Portal, Moodle, Dokeos. During the last two years, the DDLUB started to implement Google Apps in order to support the communication and collaboration between the academic staff and students enrolled with this department. The entry point is located on the address http://www.unibuc-virtual.net. The article will present the implementation used in academic year 2012-1013 and will anticipate a scenario for 2013-2014 academic year.
49. DUCHEVA ZLATOELI, Assoc. Prof. PhD
PEHLIVANOVA MARGARITA,
DINEVA SNEJANA, Assoc. Prof. PhD
Trakia University, Faculty of Techniques and Technology, Yambol, Bulgaria
sbdineva[at]abv.bg
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Possibilities for students to evaluate and improve electronic courses (Students opinion)

Abstract: The report based on the conducted survey that inspected the students’ opportunity to interact with educators in order to assess the e-training material and courses to achieve higher quality and learning effectiveness. The activity of students in collaboration with the tutor and the positive attitude to subject is the key for successful acquiring of knowledge and effective learning process. Students accepted new technology interactive tools as good approach for training and have positive outlook to blended learning. The chance to take into accounts their opinion and collaborate with teacher makes them more responsible and effective learners. Key words: evaluation, quality and effectiveness of e-courses, blended learning.
50. CICEVIC SVETLANA, Prof. PhD
TRIFUNOVIC ALEKSANDAR,
SAMCOVIC ANDREJA,
NESIC MILKICA,
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Serbia
andrej[at]sf.bg.ac.rs
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Preliminary experiences with a Tablet PC Based Learning

Abstract: As mobile technology develops, it creates new opportunities for enhancing the learning experience of students at all levels of education. Because tablets combine computing power with portability, they already demonstrate a profound effect on education. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of tablet computers usage as a learning tool. An application was designed specifically for practice simple vocabulary learning task on the tablet PC. Participants of the study were 40 students whose task was to match the term in English with the corresponding term in the Serbian language. Measured by the number of correctly matched items, better performances were achieved while using tablet PC. When working with tablet, more accurate responses were obtained when matching words, which could be interpreted as the learning outcome; when learning from the paper, this difference is slightly higher in favor of linking images with words. Considering subjects achievement, tablet showed benefits, with greater accuracy in matching images to words. The results show statistically significant gender differences. Using tablet females achieve better results when matching images with words, compared to the situation when they learn from paper; while males were more successful using tablet, in both conditions. Generally, male outperformed either using paper or tablet as a medium, being superior compared to females especially in tablet usage. Besides the fact that students did not require a great deal of instruction in the use of tablet, the study illustrates the ability to blend traditional education with tablet-based education.
51. RĂDESCU RADU, Assoc. Prof. PhD
PUPEZESCU VALENTIN,
SOARE BOGDAN,
Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Applied Electronics and Information Engineering Dept, Romania
rradescu[at]gmail.com
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Optimizing the Test Module in the Easy-Learning Platform

Abstract: This paper describes on of the recent improvements of The Easy-Learning Platform. The optimization project has the goal of extension and introduction of new standards in the Easy-Learning platform, its development being started in the year 2004 and continued every year. The importance of the eLearning platforms is now greater than ever, the students have access to information no matter where they are in the world, on many types of gadgets. One purpose of this work is to create a user experience identical regardless of the device used. This optimization project supposes knowledge in environments of web programming, data bases, high tech devices and graphical design. The general opinion is that eLearning has changed and will change in the future radically the way that people learn and interact. A variety of technologies have been used in this project, such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Apache for the servers’ part, PHP and MySQL as database. For the testing part a LG Optimus One Smartphone and an ipad Mini tablet have been used.The basic technologies that were used in the platform are Apache web server, PHP dynamic pages and MySQL data bases. The Symfony Framework is the one that stays at the base of the platform with all the facilities that it provides.
52. RĂDESCU RADU, Assoc. Prof. PhD
PUPEZESCU VALENTIN,
SOARE BOGDAN,
Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Applied Electronics and Information Engineering Dept, Romania
rradescu[at]gmail.com
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Reconfiguring the Chat Module in the Easy-Learning Platform Using New Technologies

Abstract: This project of optimizing the Easy-Learning platform supposes knowledge in environments of web programming, data bases, high tech devices and graphical design. The general opinion is that eLearning has changed and will change in the future radically the way that people learn and interact. A variety of technologies have been used in this project, such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Apache for the servers’ part, PHP and MySQL as database. For the testing part a LG Optimus One Smartphone and an ipad Mini tablet have been used. The basic technologies that were used in the platform are Apache web server, PHP dynamic pages and MySQL data bases. The Symfony Framework is the one that stays at the base of the platform with all the facilities that it provides. The Node.js technology is the fundament of the newly added module, the chat. The new and latest contribution to the development of the Easy-Learning platform consists in the diverse optimization techniques used, in the results and code optimization.
53. MANASIA LOREDANA, Research Assistant, PhD Candidate
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Romania
loredanamanasia[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: A model to improve the metacognitive competence in interactive learning environments

Abstract: Metacognition is a high order function that shapes and sustains effective and authentic learning. Despite this fact, it is not so easy to design learning activities addressing the metacognitive dimension of the student’s personality. It can be foreseen the need to explore effective ways of including metacognitive support in the design of natural and computer-based learning environments. Given the circumstances, this paper proposes a conceptual model to stimulate metacognition in interactive learning environments. The model stresses on an intelligent tutoring system, focused on the use of a reflective pedagogical agent pointing out different dimensions of metacognition, namely: a) metacognitive knowledge and monitoring, and b) metacognitive regulation based on self-regulation and evaluation of the learning process. In order to explain the way this model can be applied, the paper unfolds the agent model, the design of the interactive learning environment and learning activities designed to be conducted in interactive learning environments.
54. DUMITRACHE ANISOARA, Research Assistant
ALMASAN BEATRICE, Research Assistant
University of Bucharest, Open Distance Learning Department, Romania
betty.almasan[at]credis.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Educative valence of using educational games in virtual classrooms

Abstract: The communication and collaboration between different factors involved in educational process leads us to address concepts related to the use of educational games through online educational platforms, in distance learning. The difficulty of this process varies according to several factors. The educational valences of using educational games in virtual classrooms, in ODL Department of University of Bucharest have been identified, translated and exploited during the fourteen years of activity. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the existing information on ICT literacy, ICT courses developed during this time, different courses designed to improve the educational system, national and international projects which allowed us to highlight XXI century’s skills: creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, decision taking strategies, learning and teaching strategies, active citizenship, life, career, personal and social responsibility, all leads us to the valorization of the significant role of technology in training students. The use of educational computer games had a direct result in the quality of courses, in traditional or computer mediated courses. There were identified pedagogical situations which determine the student to identify their expectation and needs and also help in transforming the extrinsic motivation in intrinsic motivation. The aim of this paper is to present a case study which underlines the pedagogical consequences of computer use in education: stimulating imagination, developing the logical thinking, the student learning in its own way and pace, without negative emotions to alter its behavior in a restrictive way.
Keywords: ICT, educational computer games, imagination stimulation, motivation.
55. ISCIOGLU ERSUN, Asst. Prof. Dr.
Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Education, Department of Computer and Instructional Technology Teacher Education, Turkey
ersun.iscioglu[at]emu.edu.tr
Section: M&M
Title of paper: An Investigation of the "Classroom Community" in a Virtual Learning Environment

Abstract: Nowadays virtual learning environment become more important for the educational institutions. Most of the institutions started to offer more online programs for the students. According to literature, “Classroom community” is one of the impressive factors for the success of the students and at the same time for the online programs. The main purpose of this study is to investigate `Classroom Community` in the Virtual Learning Environment. The study was conducted during the 2012-2013 academic year, spring semester in the “ITEC521 - Computer Networking Applications” graduate course. The population of the study consisted of a total of 18 students. Moodle LMS was used as the virtual learning environment. Data were obtained from the “Classroom Community Scale (CCS)” and focus group interview techniques. CSS was developed by Rovai (2002). Focus group interviews held in the study were carried out deploying “a semi-structured interview form” approach. Data gathered as a result of the study was dissolved with descriptive analysis.
56. DRAGOMIR ELIA GEORGIANA, PhD candidate
Department of Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania
elia.dragomir[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: On The Evaluating the Personnel of an Air Quality Monitoring Network Using an Agent Based System

Abstract: Most developed countries have set up laws and developed air quality measurement networks to monitor pollutant concentrations, and issue warnings when acceptable levels are exceeded. Designing efficient air quality monitoring networks have become one of the current challenges for the research communities from the control engineering, electronics, environmental engineering, power industry, and artificial intelligence fields. The high complexity of the whole monitoring network knowledge management system, that is also a distributed system, can be handled by using a multi-agent system. Through communication and cooperation the agents are solving different problems specific to knowledge management in a monitoring network. The periodic evaluation of the personnel involved in this process can be done as well using a multi agent system. This paper presents EvalMAS (Evaluation Multi Agent System) a peer to peer agent based system that is used in this scope. The system is developed using Zeus, a toolkit for multi agent system development.
57. CAZAN ANA-MARIA, Lecturer PhD
University Transilvania of Brasov, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, Romania
ana.cazan[at]unitbv.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: On Self-directed learning in online environments

Abstract: Self-directed learning (SDL) has become one of the primary aims of education in the last few decades. Self-direction is the basis of all type of learning (Williamson, 2007). All individuals are capable of self-directed learning but the degree of development varies due to their individual differences, including learning motivation, self-efficacy, self-esteem, conscientiousness, openness to experience, even intelligence. Recent research highlighted the importance of self-directed learning skills not only for traditional learning situations but also for online learning environments. Some authors emphasize SDL as a process, focusing on learner autonomy in the learning processes; others emphasize personal attributes, focusing on learner’s capabilities of regulating the learning process. Both perspectives can be valorized in online learning. The study aims to validate the successful online learner portrait, having as starting point the findings of Dabbagh (2007) that successful online learners are those who exhibit self-directed learning skills. The purpose of this paper is to introduce recent research in the field, highlighting the importance of SDL in online learning contexts. Implications for future research and practice are also discussed. Recent research indicates that students need to have a high level of self-direction to succeed in online learning environment (Shapley, 2000). Higher education is occurring in a variety of contexts, ranging from face-to-face classrooms to virtual classrooms, this is why self-directed learning is an important feature of successful students. The study provides valuable information to online course providers and teachers in order to support the development of self-directed learners aiming to achieve success in their online courses.
58. TOADER FLORENTINA ALINA, PhD candidate
DRAGOMIR ELIA GEORGIANA, PhD candidate
Department of Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania
toader_florentina_alina[at]yahoo.com
elia.dragomir[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Designing E-Learning Courses Using Lectora

Abstract: In the context of the actual development of the education tools, e-learning seems to be the most exciting way of making the courses more accessible, attractive and efficient for the students. A series of software tools were developed in order to support and aid teachers and students to adapt to the new demands of e-learning. Lectora represents an e-learning development tool used to create online courses, assessments and presentations. This paper presents an approach of designing e-learning courses using Lectora in two separate teaching fields: Introductory elements in graph algorithms and Introductory elements in Java. An detailed analysis of the advantages and disadvantages for the students and teachers is presented.
59. RAILEAN ELENA, PhD senior researcher
Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
elenarailean32[at]gmail.md
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Digital textbooks and course: what make a difference?

Abstract: This article provides an overview of the course "Methodology of educational software", designed and elaborated with Course Builder, provided by Google. The aim of the article is to compare the requirements of the Metasystems Learning Design in course and textbook use and development. The issues, controversies and problems are analysed. The article is focused on understanding the new learning ideal requirements for global learning environment. It is concluded that Course Builder is an effective tool for design and development of the university courses, but needs some improvements.
60. TOADER FLORENTINA ALINA, PhD candidate
Department of Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania
toader_florentina_alina[at]yahoo.com
chircu_florentina[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: A software application for modelling the production planning in a flexible manufacturing system

Abstract: Flexibility in manufacturing refers to the ability to allow variation in assembly part and process sequence, change the production volume or the design of certain product that are being manufactured. So the flexible manufacturing systems are based on asynchronous events parallel in time, that concur to a certain common goal. The modelling of flexible manufacturing systems has the main objective of testing the general and specific properties of the proposed model. The confirmation of the specific properties means that the structure of the adopted model is correct and that there are no modelling errors. In this paper is presented a software application for modelling the production planning in a flexible manufacturing system using Petri Nets.
61. USART MIREIA (1), MSc/Research assistant
ROMERO MARGARIDA (1), PhD
POPESCU MARIA MAGDALENA (2), PhD
(1) ESADE Business School (ESADE, España), Barcelona, Spain
(2) "Carol I" National Defence University, Bucharest, Romania
mireia.usart[at]esade.edu
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Adult Students’ Level of Confidence and performance in a GBL activity - Are military students overconfident?

Abstract: Game Based Learning (GBL) is an increasingly used methodology in adult formal education, the use of which is also expanding in the military context. Since the first military and pilot simulations were introduced, a variety of GBL elements have been implemented for training. Nevertheless, trivia games and multiple-choice GBL tasks may lack of significant learning outcomes, as students in these learning activities tend to use the “trial and error” technique. In this context we propose the MetaVals game, a personalized collaborative GBL activity designed to allow students share their performance and Level of Certainty (LC) in order to minimize the “trial and error” answers, by guiding the participants to the reflection and sharing of their knowledge and their LC during the gameplay. The implementation of MetaVals in Carol I University among a group of adult military students is presented as a continuation of an experiment started in 2012 and its results are discussed as such, showing both a comparison for some in-process approaches but also the improvement perceived in the results. In relation to LC and performance, the studied group faces the GBL activity as useful for training their skills in English terminology, and engaging. Furthermore, data show higher performance of the group in the collaborative phases of the game (2013) compared to the individual stage (2012). Concerning LC, students in the sample tend to be overconfident and accurate in their answers, and stick to their own LC during discussion with dyad-mate. Furthermore, military students appear to have a high LC. Future studies in greater samples, comparing with non military students are proposed, in order to have a solid base for implementing LC sharing tools in GBL, as this has been shown to bring performance improvement in this context.
62. REJECTION,

MIRBAGHERI GOLSA (1), MSc
COOPER KENDRA (2), Assoc. Professor PhD
(1) Amirkabir University of Technology, Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, Tehran, Iran
(2) The University of Texas at Dallas, The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, USA
gmirbaghery[at]gmail.com

Section: M&M
Title of paper: A Survey on the Different Approaches Adopted in Serious Educational Games and E-learning Environment - for Possible New approach for Designing a Recommender Educational Game-based System

NOTE: According to ICVL policy every author of a plagiarism based rejection is banned to send future materials to the conference.

Abstract: Educational games have attracted some attention from the academic society in the last years. In order to improve students’ motivation, many enhancements of the learning experience are attributed to educational games. The integration of serious educational games in e-learning platforms is an issue that is not completely clear yet, but it can be effective in time and cost reduction. In this paper a preliminary investigation is conducted to probe instructional approaches adopted for serious educational games and e-learning environment to promote the players’ deeper understanding. According to the criteria proposed to this study, fifteen studies were verified to each other. Through the analysis, the instructional approaches reviewed consisted of automation in game applications and in e-learning environment. In addition to description of each instructional approach, the features are compared for possible new approach for designing a recommender educational game-based system for future research.

63. EFTIMIE SIMONA GEORGIANA, PhD Lecturer
MARGARITOIU ALINA,
Educational Sciences Department, Petroleum – Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania
simone_eftimie[at]yahoo.com
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Some Issues Considering E-counselling Courses’ Needs for future Counsellors

Abstract: Nowadays school need to find ways to promote an appropriated use of new technologies for all educational actors: pupils / students, parents, teachers / professors etc. This need is determined by nowadays society characteristics (constant agitation, hurry, permanent need to adapt to the news, labour market inconstancy etc.) which request the development of on-line counselling services. Often teachers have to deal with situations which involve on-line counselling / consulting services both for pupils, parents or even their colleagues. So, our study proposed to analyse the need for counselling courses for future counsellors, the opportunities and obstacles for organizing this type of classes in our country. Our investigation has used focus group interview, documents’ analysis (curricula for future counsellors), and observation. Main results have indicated that in Romania, there are many categories of beneficiaries interested of on-line counselling services. We also have noticed the need for a coherent curricula for future counsellors which involve classes meant to develop basic skills on licence level (not only TIC classes but also Web-design classes), so that on master level, the students to be able to develop their practical, professional competences in on-line counselling (including designing their own platform or other environments able to support on-line counselling and developing researches meant to offer specific services for different types of clients). More, our proposal is to extend and include in initial and continuous education for teachers on-line counselling classes.
64. MARGARITOIU ALINA, PhD Lecturer
EFTIMIE SIMONA GEORGIANA, PhD Lecturer
Educational Sciences Department, Petroleum – Gas University of Ploiesti, Romania
simone_eftimie[at]yahoo.com
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Some Obstacles for Disabled Persons in Social and Digital Inclusion

Abstract: Digital technologies (PC, mobile phone, internet connection, digital television, special equipment etc.) could improve disabled persons’ lives and also could remove / reduce some barriers in their social inclusion. Our investigation intend to analyse if and how disabled persons use digital technologies, their reasons and the advantages of using digital technology, and also the barriers of accessing information and communication technology. Using questionnaire and individual and focus group interview, we found that: The specific of technology use is depending of the disability type; NGO’s have a huge contribution regarding the relation between disabled persons and the access to technology; The main reason for using technology is finding a job or rehabilitation therapy services; Most investigated subjects confessed that they do not have access to latest digital technologies (specific / adapted to each disability) due to their financial constraints and lack of digital skills (or education in this direction). So, these results indicate a new form of social inequality for disabled persons. This indicate the need to include in curricula for special needs pupils classes meant to develop their skills to use digital technologies (adapted to their specific disability). In this context, we consider extremely necessarily to develop national and international projects meant to maximize disabled persons’ access to digital technologies and to develop their technology competencies for a better social inclusion.
65. ROŞU STOICAN OANA , PhD Lecturer
ȘTEFĂNESCU CORNELIA, PhD Lecturer
ȘTEFĂNESCU VALERIU, PhD Candidate
Educational Sciences Department, University of Bucharest, Focsani, Romania
stefanescuvaleriu[at]gmail.com
Section: IntelEDU
Title of paper: Using new technology in kindergarten activities - a real necessity?

Abstract: New technologies exercise a direct influence on the transmission of information as well as on social skills formation in school. The existence of these technologies in the child's life, but also in the educational environment has generated and still generates constant change, on the one hand, in terms of life experience and, on the other hand, in pedagogical area, as a resource, means, interactive teaching strategy. This study is an investigation into the place and role of the computer in teaching activities is kindergarten. The population investigated, consisting of primary school teachers, members of the Association of Educators in Romania, presented interest in terms of how they perceive and use into their own activity modern means, considering that the sample had a heterogeneous structure. Thus the subjects were positioned according to criteria such as: level of education, teaching experience, the level of continuous training, area of origin, which enabled the collection of data relevant to the subject. Assuming that the computer facilitates the work of the teacher, we found different degrees of involvement of the various types of modern activities with preschoolers - mandatory optional and complementary activities - which shows that the place and role of new technologies are determined by a number of factors related to: teacher's competence and creativity in sketching the design of activities, levels and training needs of preschoolers, material resources and the allocated time.
66. ROŞU STOICAN OANA , PhD Lecturer
ȘTEFĂNESCU CORNELIA, PhD Lecturer
ȘTEFĂNESCU VALERIU, PhD Candidate
Educational Sciences Department, University of Bucharest, Focsani, Romania
stefanescuvaleriu[at]gmail.com
Section: IntelEDU
Title of paper: Skills training methods of computer use among primary school teachers

Abstract: The access to new technologies requires specific skills determined by a complex process of professionalization, during which teachers acquire knowledge, develop their skills and abilities formed under the pressure of multiple transformations of the information society. Among these skills, the ability to use the computer requires on one hand, technical skills of operation and, on the other hand, critical thinking enabling the identification and selection of online qualitative and useful resources necessary to teaching. This means reading and understanding the information, content differentiation, the creation of a corpus of resources adequate to the intended purpose. In this study, we performed an analysis of computer use skills training methods among primary school teachers, based on the idea that these basic technical skills are needed to define the personality of the professional in education today. Although it may be considered a useful tool mainly at higher levels of education, computer technology is gaining more and more ground, proving its effectiveness in kindergarten.
67. CHISĂLIŢĂ OANA-ANDREEA,
Department for Interdisciplinary Research, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
oana.chisalita[at]uaic.ro
Section: IntelEDU
Title of paper: Analysis of the ICT impact on students, teachers and school practices

Abstract: This paper systematizes the impact of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in school education. The analysis is taking into account the results of ICT studies developed by international organizations (European Union, European Commission, OECD), case studies developed in schools (ImpaCT2, PILOT) and studies developed at regional level (NORDIC 2006). The results can be considered arguments to sustain and promote ICT initiatives at school, regional and national level. Moreover, they can be a point of reflection for the ICT skeptics and a starting point for discussions focusing on how school should start its trip toward the innovation.
68. ORAZBEKOVA L.N. (1), associate professor, PhD candidate
BERIKKHANOVA G.E. (2), PhD candidate
(1) Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi, Mechanics and Mathematics Department, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
(2) Research Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics at the Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
orazbekova_ln[at]mail.ru
bgulsara[at]mail.ru
Section: IntelEDU
Title of paper: The introduction of digital educational resources to the educational process as a condition of Kazakhstan education modernization
Abstract: This article examines the extensive program of of education informatization RK, the design and implementation of digital educational resources in the learning process. Paper demonstrates a fragment the development of DERs in mathematics for pupils, and also features the use of DERs in training.

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