ICVL 2014

Accepted Abstract List


Last updated: 2014-09-23 | Extended deadline : September 10, 2014

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Name, Title, Affiliation, Country

Section, Title of paper, Abstract of paper

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VĂDUVA ION, PhD Emeritus Professor
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science,
România
vaduva[at]fmi.unibuc.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Computing Center of the University of Bucharest, an Important Step in the History of Computer Science in Romania

Abstract: The University of Bucharest, together with some other academic and research bodies of Romania, such as Institute of Computing in Cluj, Politechnic institutes of Timisoara and Bucharest, Institut of Nuclear Physicsat Magurele and later Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest or Central Institute of Informatics, were the pioneering units wich started the development of Computer Science in Romania. We must underline that even during the first half of the fifties decade, first Acad. Grigore C. Moisil, as a true pioneer, visualized the future of computers in society. Even then, he realized the importance of mathematical logic and theory of automata for designing computers. In 1959, inspired by the International Congress of Romanian Mathemticians held in Bucharest (in 1956), Acad. Grigore C. Moisil, Professor of Algebra at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, founded, for the first time in the country, the Specialization of Computing Machines in the Department of Mathematics of the faculty.
2.  
BUDIȘTEANU IONUȚ, student
ȘTEFĂNESCU ALIN, student
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Romania
ibudisteanu[at]acm[.]org
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Smart surveillance system using Artificial Intelligence

Abstract: Smart surveillance system using Artificial Intelligence presented in this document is an autonomous surveillance electronic system which recognizes and analyses activities observed via webcams. Then, on demand, it presents the processed information to human operators who can access it via internet on various devices. The motivation of our project was provided by the inefficient way the current surveillance (CCTV) systems work. These systems simply store hundreds of gigabytes of raw images/videos, without using image processing techniques or artificial intelligence (AI). On the other hand, the state of the art in research contains several competing software applications for image processing using AI to recognize and track humans or moving objects. However, they usually require many resources for that. Our solution wants to advance the current state of the practice, by efficient implementations that can run on the powerful, but financially affordable (contest) platform provided by Intel® - Bay-Trail - Intel® Atom™). Technically, in our project, the board records images of different locations from two USB web-cameras. Our AI algorithms use Background Subtraction using Gaussian Mixture Models and object tracking using Particle Filters. Moreover, the board is also used as a web server that hosts a web application that allows users to easily interact with the surveillance system. Some of its features include live streaming, GPS location, remote settings, analytics, and access to relevant video recordings.It is a user-friendly device more powerful than most commercial ones, keeping the price very low. Furthermore, the system sets the foundation for a range of applications in the surveillance domain, such as suspicious human activities in public areas, shops, banks, airports, or traffic surveillance on highways or even mice behavior analysis in the biology labs.

Keywords: autonomous surveillance systems, Artificial Intelligence, Particle filters, image processing, electronic device, background subtraction, image analysis, GPS location

More details: www.giga-software.com and Personal website: www.budisteanu.net [the Gordon E. Moore Award, Intel ISEF 2013 - www.intel.com]

3. VLADA MARIN, PhD Assoc. Professor,
University of Bucharest, România
vlada[at]fmi.unibuc.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Apps Service for Business, Education, Government - Creating forms and questionnaires using Google Drive

Abstract: This article provides you with detailed guidelines for creation, storage and use of various documents: Word (doc), presentations (ppt), spreadsheets (xls), newsletters, forms and questionnaires, etc. This article describes the steps to create the forms using Google Drive. The Google Drive is available for PC / Mac, Chrome OS, iPhone / iPad, and devices under operating system Android OS. Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing.
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ADĂSCĂLIŢEI ADRIAN (1), PhD Assoc. Professor
CUCOȘ CONSTANTIN (2), PhD Professor
RUSU IOAN (1), PhD
NICA IONUŢ (1), PhD
adrian.adascalitei[at]yahoo.com
cucos[at]uaic.ro
Section: TECH
Title of paper: DEVELOPING BLENDED LEARNING UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTS USING MOODLE - A CASE STUDY

Abstract: This case study evaluates the challenges encountered in the Blended Learning development using Moodle Virtual Learning Environment in the context of TEMPUS CRUNT elearning inter-university network. The paper examines a variety of determinants that influence technology acceptance and successful implementation of the VLE in the educational field. The study begins with an examination of Moodle Virtual Learning Environment, which can provide course materials such as handouts, lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations to the students. Moodle can be used in more interactive ways, which require input from the students. Such as discussion forums, chat rooms, quizzes and assignment drop boxes. There are analyzed the technological factors influencing technology adoption including issues surrounding acquisition, management and support of a VLE in secondary and high schools. We explore teacher level factors of Moodle VLE acceptance and how teacher attitudes to such platform are developed. The findings show that there are specific technological, teacher level and school level factors influencing Moodle acceptance. They also show that teacher attitudes to the implementation of the Moodle in the school are tied to their attitudes and responses to national objectives in education and national strategies for reshaping learning. Although the number of distance courses has risen significantly over the last years, mixed modes of delivery, with face-to-face settings supported by online tools, remain the dominant form of online learning. There is clearly a need in the literature for greater exploration of flexible modes of learning, including e-tools, especially when teaching computational skills to engineering and university students. Moodle logs and statistics were examined along with documentation relating to this VLE.
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TICHELER NATHALIE, PhD Professor
University of Westminster, London
United Kingdom
n.ticheler[at]westminster.ac.uk
Section: M&M
Title of paper: VLEs, blended learning and teacher intervention

Abstract: This paper presents the findings of a survey at a “new university” in the UK, in a context of precariousness of languages (Kelly 2008; Worton 2009) and expansion of “technology-enhanced learning”.
Conducted from a phenomenological perspective (Smith et al 2009) and in association with socio-constructivist principles (Vygotsky 1978), the study investigates students’ experience of the Blackboard VLE on a blended learning module.
A mixed-method approach was adopted based on 96 questionnaires and 6 interviews, leading to an interpretive analysis of data.
Findings indicate that, although participants may be considered as digitally literate, their response shows difficulties in the transferability of skills to formal learning contexts. Therefore, lecturers need to guide students in a structured manner in order to maximise their engagement with the VLE (Ticheler 2013).
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ISTRIMSCHI PETRU-ADRIAN, Engineer
BERECHET LUCIAN,
FRUMOS FLORIN,
MAHA LIVIU GEORGE,
"Al. I. Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania
adrian.istrimschi[at]uaic.ro
Section: TECH
Title of paper: "Effective Informations" against "Incomplete informations"

Abstract: In this article I will try to answer the following questions: Why do we need multimedia education? Why Networks of Higher Education Institutions should be an alternative in providing quality free information in the way that the receivers want to be informed? How could we increase the impact of "the effective education" instead of "whatever informations you could find"? (Ref.: MEDIAEC Platform, ICVL 2010: http://www.icvl.eu/2010/ - pdf)
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BLANARU MIHAELA ROSITA, PhD candidate
(1) University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics,
(2) National College "Mihai Viteazul" Sfantu Gheorghe, Jud.Covasna, Romania
mrbblanaru[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: THE CORE PHYSICS' TRENDS 2014

Abstract: The web-based education satisfies Modern Curriculum, Modern Methods. The complex chapter “The Elementary particles’’ can’t have a real support in the classroom and so it can be enhanced with the support of the mean of achieving E-Learning, with a Virtual Learning Platform like “International Masterclasses - Hands on Particle Physics”.
This site offers the latest news and data; teachers can collect teaching and learning materials to use for planning, problem solving activities, homework and essays; is attractive for pupils and could help a better understanding of the content than using oral explanations. The paper proposes a general educational model for didactical activities, an original approach to the complex theme “The Elementary particles’’ with the aid of the “International Masterclasses - Hands on Particle Physics” on the Major Modern Physics’ Trends , the Modern Methods and the Specific Requirements in Physics. This proposal it’s according with National Curriculum and can be used, directly, in the classroom. In this paper I presents a research on what kind of E-Learning teachers can use, in which properly moment of the lesson and how they plan to integrate it. The research highlights the importance of the use of E-Learning in education.
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ENACHE ROXANA (1), PhD
CRISAN ALINA (2), PhD candidate
(1) Polytechnic University of Bucharest,
(2) Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
rocatare[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: THE ROLE OF INTERNET IN EDUCATION – CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION

Abstract: Correlating the observations and the results of all activities during our research , we find that the Internet represents a challenge socially and it use in education involves an art to transform the power of these resources in the power of learning, a power to develop educational scenarios that optimally integrate Internet into traditional education. Educational potential of the Internet cannot be exploited without effort. There emerges, as a prime necessity, the need to address research in this area - the ways in which Internet can be used to effectively improve education - both enthusiastically and critically.As shown in the analysis of curriculum documents and of conducted lessons, educational potential of the Internet is not only related to the transfer of information and communication but can be extended to form a diverse set of skills and develop attitudes, behaviors and values.
Keywords: Internet, learning, teaching means
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ENACHE ROXANA (1), PhD
CRISAN ALINA (2), PhD candidate
(1) Polytechnic University of Bucharest,
(2) Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
rocatare[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: DEVELOPMENT OF CROSS SKILLS HARNESSING EDUCATIONAL VALENCES OF INTERNET IN NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Abstract: As follows from the analysis introducing Internet facilitates certain structural changes in schools and, used correctly and efficiently, it may lead to the achievement of fundamental educational purposes such as: development of basic skills, critical and creative thinking, the collaborative activities and teamwork skills, selection and use of appropriate strategies to solve problems, a positive attitude to school subjects and education, providing training for lifelong learning. The issue of the use of new information technologies and the Internet in particular in education remains a matter of pedagogical research for the future in terms of the contribution it can bring to quality and efficiency of education, in terms of access and equity increased by rapid technological advances.
Keywords: curricular areas, cross skills, new skills and teaching roles
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SAHIN MEHMET (1), PhD
SAHIN YUSUF HÜSEYIN (2), Student
(1) Faculty of Education, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
(2) Faculty of Computer and Informatics, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
sahinmehmet033[at]gmail.com
sahinyusufhuseyin[at]gmail.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Traditioanal Teaching And Learning Theories And Connectivism

Abstract: Constructivism is generally known the most modern approach in the curriculum development process. However, behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism are regarded as the traditional learning theories by the recent classification and connectivism is given as the learning theory of our age, which is known as the digital age. This study aims to highlight the factors that cause behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism to be traditional and connectivism to be regarded as the theory of the digital age focusing on the technological advances in our age.
Keywords: Behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, connectivism
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YALDIZ SÜLEYMAN (1), PhD Prof.
ANDREESCU NICOLETA (2), Asistant Researcher
(1) Selcuk University, Faculty of Technical Education, Konya, Turkey
(2) Oradea University, Department of Engineering and Industrial Management in Textiles and Leatherwork, Oradea, Romania
syaldiz[at]selcuk.edu.tr
nandreescu[at]uoradea.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: SOME ISSUES REGARDING THE RECOGNITION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

Abstract: Our age is called “digital age” due to the technological advances in ICT use, especially in forming the knowledge society. Thanks to ICT, people are constantly learning everywhere and at all times and this new learning leads to additional skills, knowledge and/or competences for all individuals. Considering the lifelong learning concept, all individuals, adults in particular have Access to learning sources at home, at the workplace or elsewhere in addition to the formal teaching and learning settings. However, learning that occurs outside the formal learning system is not well understood, made visible, appropriately valued or officially recognized. This paper aims to focus on the issues related with the recognition of the informal and non-formal learning outcomes in some OECD countries, focusing on a report produced for OECD.
Keywords: formal learning, informal learning, non-formal learning, recognition
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ENACHI-VASLUIANU LUIZA, PhD Lecturer
MALUREANU FLAVIA, PhD Lecturer
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Romania
vasluianu_luiza[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Language-related Factors Leading to the Improvement of the Didactic Communication

Abstract: Modern perspectives on didactic communication emphasize the idea that the teacher should get acquainted with the factors which can lead to its improvement. The issue of improvement of the didactic communication arises from the necessity of sustaining the development of the student’s communication competence with direct and indirect repercussions on the quality of the learning process. This type of communication involves factors of various natures: psychological, psychosocial, pedagogical, linguistic, contextual etc. Our study focuses upon the linguistic-related factors which, in our opinion, lead to the optimization of the didactic communication. Thus, the objectives of the research are to identify the linguistic-related factors at three school levels (primary, gymnasium and high school) and to determine the practical relevance for each item in the process of improvement of the didactic communication in order to achieve an adequate diagnosis that allows teachers to make best decisions in their work.
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OPREA MIHAELA, PhD Professor
University Petroleum-Gas of Ploiesti, Department of Automation, Computers and Electronics, Romania
m_oprea[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Methodological issues for university teaching ontologies development

Abstract: Web-based education requires efficient software support tools. Among these, educational ontologies provide the solution for knowledge representation. The paper proposes a set of methodological guidelines for the development of university teaching ontologies starting from the EduOntoFrame educational ontology framework. An example of using the guidelines for a university course teaching ontology is presented.
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OPREA MIHAELA, PhD Professor
University Petroleum-Gas of Ploiesti, Department of Automation, Computers and Electronics, Romania
m_oprea[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: On the use of artificial intelligence techniques for students evaluation

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence provides a set of techniques that can be applied to students evaluation, as for example, rule based expert systems, and artificial neural networks. The paper presents an overview of such techniques, and discusses the role of a student examination ontology under the university educational ontologies.
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MOISE LUMINITA DOMINICA, teacher
CRISTEA RUXANDRA, teacher
Commercial High School "Nicolae Kretzulescu", Bucharest, Romania
dominic_moise[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: "COMPENDIUM" of MATHEMATICS

Abstract: During the period February 2011-October 2013 was carried out the project "Development of Teaching and teaching support staff skills leading the school system - COMPENDIUM", POSDRU/87/1.3/S/63650 identification number, our high school being one of the partners. In this project were developed and provided two accredited training programs for trainers, teachers and teachers with leading positions, monitoring and control, training programs based on e-education system that helped in the training of staff. Were developed, also, learning materials and demonstration activities. This paper shows some examples of mathematics innovative learning activities.
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MAGDAS IOANA, PhD Associate Professor
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
ioana.magdas[at]ubbcluj.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Research on teachers’ skills in developing online surveys

Abstract: According to European Commission document entitled Improving the Quality of Teacher Education (2007), “the professional development implies that teachers undertake classroom-based research and incorporate into their teaching the results of classroom and academic research.” An important component of this research is the survey method. Online surveys are a modern and more convenient alternative for the classical paper and pencil questionnaires. This paper presents a quantitative research of teachers’ skills in developing online surveys. 35 teachers enrolled into the Curriculum Management Master’s program were involved in this research. They were guided to create and apply online surveys, and to interpret the results. Each step of their activities was analyzed, and their feedback were gathered. All teachers consider the survey method to be an important or a very important part of their teaching activity, and 82% of them would choose the online survey instead of the paper and pencil survey. However, almost 30% of them consider that they have difficulties developing online surveys.
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SERBAN RAUL, Assistant Eng
CALIN OANA ANDREEA, PhD Assoc. Professor
Faculty of science and engineering, Hyperion University, Bucharest, Romania
raulserban[at]gmail.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: New trends in teaching CAG classes

Abstract: The application of new technologies is an important education element in order to achieve high and performing skills in engineering field. The main object of the paper is to propose a modern solution to improve the teaching process for CAG (Computer Aided Graphics) classes. In engineering universities the students must be able not only to extract the skills acquired in CAG classes but also to connect the technical information to the real world. The aim of the paper is to present a solution to improve the teaching process for CAG classes. The new solution will help the students to better understand the theoretical principles and to solve the applications and to develop their own study plan. The knowledge verification could be done using homework and tests and also while students are reading the course notes, they could use the CAG teaching material to verify what they have learned.
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POP ANISOARA (1), PhD Assoc. Professor
FENTON JAMES (2), Univ. Lecturer, M.A
(1) University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tirgu Mures, Romania
(2) De Montfort Universiy, Leicester, United Kingdom
anisoara_pp[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Offering individualized feedback in English for Medical Purposes through Asynchronous Writing

Abstract: Objectives: Although needs analysis may indicate that asynchronous blog writing can be perceived as challenging long-held traditions of university teaching/learning, it was employed in an English for Medical Purposes (EMP) context in Higher Education (HE) with second year students of Stomatology in order to offer individualized feedback with the intention of improving students’ writing.
Methodology: The current paper reflects on the content, outcomes and qualitative results of a short-term writing project for Stomatology English. The benefits and challenges of content development and student writing in such an enterprise is analysed for both the designer and users.
Results: Although autonomous and peer learning occurs in most EMP contexts, students are likely to require further practice in order to be able to produce grammatically-correct, accurate and effective professional writing . As a comparison between paper-and-pencil class writing and blog writing demonstrates, individualized feedback offered in asynchronous public writing is a transparent, continuous process that is more likely to improve the students’ communicative competence and foster their awareness about the importance of refinement and revisions for the production of articulated, short SE writing varieties.
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POP ANISOARA, PhD Assoc. Professor
University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tirgu Mures, Romania
anisoara_pp[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Technology-enhanced Learning in Business English – A Four-year Project

Abstract: The online component of technology-enhanced learning in a foreign language environment allows for skills integration and additional opportunities for practice, vital in the case of large, mixed ability groups, while also making it possible to both adapt to individual working styles and collaboration with peers.
Objectives: Integrated blog-writing was used with first and second year General and Business English (BE) students of Dimitrie Cantemir University of Tirgu Mures, with the aim of extending the students’ productive (writing) and receptive skills (reading, listening).
The online component of technology-enhanced learning offers opportunities for student practice and skill integration. In addition, the online component provides opportunities for collaboration, increased visibility of student feed-back, and allows for consideration of students’ individual learning styles, all of great benefit in an English as a foreign language environment when faced with mixed ability groups and limited amounts of time.
Methodology and expected outcomes: A content analysis of GE/BE students’ blog posts was conducted over four years. The students’ comments, arising from oral, end-of-the-year interviews and their written reflections on the blog demonstrate that technology-enhanced learning was the preferred learning style. Its use increased the quantity and quality language of language learning in a BE context, along with student motivation and satisfaction.
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NICOLIN CATALINA , Teacher
Slow Food, Macedonia
catalinanikolin[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Schiaparelli was it right?

Abstract: Project importance: This year we celebrate 10 years of the arrival on Mars of the first exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity. On this occasion the approach about the study of Mars, completes the long way by enriching the knowledge of students and adapting them to the XXI century needs. The proposed approach consists in assimilation of notions about Space, Astronomers, planet Mars, before other sciences,that will help students to understand more aspects of the environment that surrounds them and also will help them more easily to assimilate some notions. At the same time it could be detected the different aptitudes and inclinations for certain sciences, for research, construction and related fields connected with space exploration. It is absolutely essential to train teachers in teaching with classical method reversed pedagogy applied to space science curricula additional. Framing of special needs students in the classroom pace and facilitating assimilation of knowledge and participation in group activities by using conceptual maps and video and sound as well as icons.
Object of study Planet Mars: Because in recent years, the discoveries in the field of space started to become richer and more diversified, I consider appropriate a curriculum integrated approach based on space science as a subject independent. Knowledge of the space, and related topics, students have assimilated within hours and texts on various subjects. For students to understand and assimilate easier elements on Mars we will start to from astronomers Loewell and Schiaparelli, works without which the information about Mars, Mercury, Venus and Pluto would not have existed. The project includes all age groups. The methods themselves are Web Quest and Reversed Pedagogy.

SPACIAL INVENTICS LABORATORY EUROPE CALLS MARS (Venus, Mercury) / EUROPE CALLS MERCURY; Software required: Google Earth, SketchUp, Lego Design

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OVIDIU PETRIS (1), PhD Lecturer
COLIBABA ANCA (1), PhD Professor
GHEORGHIU IRINA (2), PhD Candidate
COLIBABA STEFAN (3), PhD Professor
(1) "Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania
(2) "Albert Ludwigs Freiburg" University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
(3) "Al. I .Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania
andreea.cleminte[at]euroed.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Making the best of oral history through flipped classes

Abstract: This article is a study of MyStory project, which created a reliable collection of life-stories, articulated by senior citizens and collected by younger people in the form of videos. The present article shows how the collected stories were used to transfer their lessons to young generations. This has been done through a recent method, flipped learning, which aims at flipping or reversing traditional instructional practice with the help of the videos that the project created. Within the flipped classes the short videos were viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time was devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions. The class turned into a workshop where students inquired about the video content, tested their skills in applying knowledge, and interacted with each other in hands-on activities benefiting from the teacher’s guidance.
[http://www.umfiasi.ro/ , http://www.uni-freiburg.de/universitaet-en ]
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BURLACU NATALIA, Senior lecturer, PhD Candidate
"Ion Creanga" Chishinau Pedagogical State University, Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies in Education (IITE), Department of IITE, Rep. Moldova.
NatBurlacu[at]hotmail.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Functional aspects of educational software development's process from the perspective of teachers involvement

Abstract: Starting from an idea that in the ideal version, XXI century teacher must be someone equipped not only by pronounced luggage of professional, methodical and scientific knowledge and skills, but also digital competences which can be applicable to the design and development of interactive learning materials in various electronic formats having a prospective of classes' implementation in teaching-learning-assessment with contingents of students.There is proposed a descriptive analysis of the interaction between teachers of different school subjects in the collaborative activity of development of own design's educational software in this article.
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POLOZOV SERGEI, Professor
Saratov State Leonid Sobinov Conservatory, Russia
polozov[at]forpost.ru
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The Issue of Autonomy in Using Computer Informational Technologies as a Means of Teaching Music

Abstract: The present article is aimed at looking closer at the issue of the globalization of informational space in the life of a society, especially in reference to musical education - the sphere where mastering the already existing resources of musical information is also a topical matter. The research is centred around the phenomenon characteristic of the informational technologies, namely, aspiration to autonomy which is revealed in the «teacher-learner» communicative chain turning into the «computer-learner» one. Having analysed the didactic, aesthetic and artistic goals of programmes teaching music, the author arrives at the conclusions concerning the appearance of new didactic situations caused by the peculiarities of teaching with the help of informational technologies. The author of the article states the formation of a new teaching strategy in reference to computer technologies which consists in stimulating the learning activity and giving an impetus to the process of reflexion. As a result, the independence and artistic self-realization is obtained in the process of coping with the learning tasks - the fact that contributes to a more effective knowledge acquisition: the learner does not get, but obtains information (the active position). Thus, the «computer-learner» system is formed as an autonomous one.
[ http://www.sarcons.ru/ ]
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IACOB NICOLETA MAGDALENA, PhD Lecturer
"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accounting, Bucharest, Romania
nicoleta.iacob_2007[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Information security for web and SQL services

Abstract: Over the past years, e-learning portals helped teachers to streamline learning process, users to decrease associated costs involved in traditional learning process and in this way customer satisfaction was increased and the impact of this teaching method increased worldwide. Web and SQL servers are two fundamental components for almost every e-learning application. In this paper we will categorize the most frequent security threats associated with these services and present the ways to mitigate an application security threat such as SQL injection attack using the capabilities of a network device from a recognized leader in network security.
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IACOB NICOLETA MAGDALENA, PhD Lecturer
"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accounting, Bucharest, Romania
nicoleta.iacob_2007[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Concurency problems in distributed databases

Abstract: Given the fact that the volume and the diversity of data grow considerably year by year, and an increased number of applications are available to more and more users, the problem of efficient data management rise because the data must be available at any time and must be accurate.
In this paper are presented the methods to prevent and solve the problems related to execution of distributed queries (transactions that operate in parallel, access common data and eventually can interfere one with another) by using concurrency control algorithms implemented in Java programming language. A client receives information in two scenarios: as a result of his primary request of receiving an object or as a server request sent to serve the primary request of another client. To avoid overlapping this actions (concurrency between primary actions and concurrency between a primary action and inter clients actions) a mutual exclusion mechanism is needed.
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BRANISTE LUDMILA, PhD Assoc. Professor
POLOZOVA ARINA, PhD Candidate
"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania
arina.polozova_uaic[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: On Some Specific Features of Using Computer Technologies in Foreign Language Teaching

Abstract: The fact that we live in the century of high technology has already become a commonplace. Computers and the Internet are used in all spheres of human life including the educational system – the one that is of crucial importance for the functioning of our society since it lays its foundations. The aim of this article is to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using latest technological achievements in one specific field of the education sphere – that of foreign language teaching. It is widely believed that the more innovative the technology used during the process of foreign language acquisition is, the better the students’ results are. However, our article underlines both positive and negative aspects of using modern technology for language learning. Last but not least, we shall point out what kinds of electronic means we use during our lessons, as well as those our students prefer after leaving the classroom. The conclusions we have arrived at in the present study are based on our personal teaching experience since the best proof of the efficiency of a certain technology is its success in real practice.

Key-words: modern technologies, foreign language teaching, foreign language acquisition

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AILENI RALUCA MARIA, PhD Eng.
"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Faculty of Computer Science, Iasi, Romania
raluca.aileni[at]infoiasi.ro
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Healthcare software application based on data obtained from wearable sensors

Abstract: In this paper is presented a software application for monitoring elderly patients. Healthcare applications are based on wearable and implanted microelectronic device. Wearable sensors are used in direct contact with human body surface of a human. The implantable medical devices use invasive method for object inserting in inside human body. This software application can be used for monitoring the ski humidity of elderly patients in hospitals and at homes. Generally, wearable sensors (humidity, temperature, glycemia) embedded on clothing can collect information about patient health state. Based on correlation between parameters tracked from sensors, the medical staff can act and obtain a predictive modeling of patient health state.
[ http://www.uaic.ro/en/studies/faculties/faculty-computer-science ]
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AILENI RALUCA MARIA, PhD Eng.
"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Faculty of Computer Science, Iasi, Romania
raluca.aileni[at]infoiasi.ro
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Software design, for health risk factor evaluation, based on observer patterns for ambient assisted living sensors data tracking

Abstract: The paper presents a solution for evaluation outside parameters in order to establish risk factors for ill patients. The software application is notified automatically of any temperature, humidity, noise or light state changes, by calling one of their methods. It is know that for patient health is important to track his health parameters related to physical body and also an important aspect is related to ambient parameters. The motivation of using observer patterns is that can implement distributed event handling systems. By using observers can collect data from distributed sensors networks, analyze and evaluate parameters modification. These data can be used by doctors for evaluate patient health state in correlation with ambient parameters state and create personalized healthcare services.
[ http://www.uaic.ro/en/studies/faculties/faculty-computer-science ]
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MALUREANU FLAVIA, PhD Lecturer
ENACHI-VASLUIANU LUIZA, PhD Lecturer
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Romania
flaviamalureanu[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: A Study on the Effects of Dysfunctions of the Didactic Communication

Abstract: This paper presents a research on the effects of dysfunctions in the didactic comunication. The objectives of the study are to identify the effects of dysfunctions in the didactic communication which were grouped, according to specialized literature, on three levels: cognitive, affective, behavioural, and to realize descriptive analyses in order to determine their impact on the individual at primary school, gymnasium and high school. The results of the reaserch led to the localization of the problematic aspects which affect the efficient accomplishment of communication in the didactic activity for each school level and as such they may be used by teachers to make the correct decisions to optimize the process of didactic communication.
[ http://fpse.unibuc.ro/en/ ]
30.  
DULAMA MARIA ELIZA, PhD Associate Professor
"Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
dulama[at]upcmail.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The Use of Geographic Thematic Maps in E-Learning. Exemplification: Bobota Village, România

Abstract: This study was prompted by the fact that students have difficulties in using thematic maps and finding out the relationships existing between various environmental components represented on maps. The paper presents an instructional method for virtual environment through which learners are guided in doing systematic analysis of thematic geographic maps. To exemplify how this method can be applied, an analysis of three thematic maps of Bobota Village (in the county of Salaj, Romania) is presented. The three thematic maps used were for surface elevation, vegetation and types of soils. We also exemplify the e-learning method through which the user performs a comparative analysis of these maps and establishes the relationships existing between environmental components represented on the maps. A number of ten Geography faculty members and two informaticians were interviewed on the use of the method in current instructional practices. The experimental part of our research was conducted with 44 university students at the Faculty of Geography within the “Babe?-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The results obtained by participating students in the assessment of their assignments at various times during the experiment demonstrate they made progress in successfully completing their tasks, which encourages us to further employ this method in the analysis of other thematic maps with other students.
[ http://www.ubbcluj.ro/en/ ]
31.  
MICU CORINA SILVIA, PhD
SINU RALUCA , PhD
"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: Online Live Broadcasts in Student Interpreter Training: advantages and challenges

Abstract: Student training in the field of conference interpreting has traditionally been performed in a controlled environment in which the teacher selects the (already recorded) input material having in mind a certain outcome which is usually confirmed by the end results. The risk of encountering unexpected situations is reduced to a minimum, unlike real life situations where interpreters are often faced with unpredictable conditions. The aim of this paper is to present a possible remedy for this problem: simulating simultaneous conference interpreting in the classroom context using online live broadcasts, in order to improve the skills of future conference interpreters. We will focus on the advantages, as well as on the challenges, of this web-based activity, illustrating them through a case study.
[ http://www.unitbv.ro/en/Home.aspx ]
32.  
SERBANESCU LIVIU, PhD Lecturer
"Hyperion" University Bucharest, Romania
livius969[at]gmail.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Self assessment in the learning process of the object oriented programming

Abstract: Abstract: In the procedural programming can directly evaluate the immediate results so that the developer can assess the progress. In the case of object oriented programming, even the application can operate correctly, in case of extending or modification it can be seen a number of problems due to the objectually organizing application. It is difficult to make a test for mechanisms which will be used in a further step. An approach to this problem may begin from the simulation of possible problems that may occur in a future development of the application due to the objectual nature. Even though, OOP mechanisms work properly, it may not be an optimal choice from data organization point of view. An example may be that an another level of refinement of the initial data may lead to a completely different performance. The paper aims to systematize some of those problems in a manner that the self-assessment learning in this area can be improved.
[ http://www.hyperion.ro/ ]
33.  
OLADAYO AJILORE, Lecturer
Tshwane University of Tech, End-User Dept, South Africa
ajiloreot[at]tut.ac.za
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Understanding the significance of Web 2.0 tools to enhances High School teaching and learning in Africa

Abstract: There are various technologies within the e-learning approach. These technologies include e-Book, Publishing and Presentation tools such as PowerPoint, World Wide Web and Web 2.0. However, Web 2.0 technology usage for teaching and learning on the other hand are still rare in African High Schools. The technologies that are being used in school for teaching and learning should be improved to keep pace with the world. High Schools in Africa seem to be lacking in e-learning as a platform for teaching and learning. If a new innovation is not introduced to address this challenge, the technology development usage in Africa schools might affect teachers and learners intention negatively. This article analyzes the Web 2.0 tools and describes their importance for teaching and learning in High Schools.
[ http://www.tut.ac.za/ ]
34.  
ROGOVAYA OLGA, PhD candidate
Department of Computer Science Teaching Methods, Ryazan State University named after S.A. Esenin, Russian Federation
rogovaya.o[at]gmail.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Developing the Informational Activities of Public Service Employees

Abstract: The impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) to social, educational, management and economical spheres is growing. ICT skills are becoming very important for conducting administrative and office tasks. The author analyzes professional activities of public sector employees and according to them systemizes informational activities and software which help to solve management tasks. The paper presents system of computer exercises which were implemented in advanced training course for public service employees.
35.  
GEROVA NATALIE, PhD Lecturer
LIKHACHEVA EKATERINA , PhD candidate
ROGOVAYA OLGA, PhD candidate
Department of Computer Science Teaching Methods, Ryazan State University named after S.A. Esenin, Russian Federation
nat.gerova[at]gmail.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Computer Graphics in the Training of State Employees

Abstract: Modern society is in need of constant modernization and qualitative development of educational process. Wide-scale introduction and practical implementation of information and communication technologies (ICT) to the usual functions of state employees is a really integral part of government organs improvement. The usage of business graphics programs will be able to increase the efficiency and quality of different document preparation by state employees. This article considers review of widespread programs of business graphics and choice of prior products which is possible to include to the training process. Authors give brief summary and priorities of usage for each program. In this article we try to explain all advantages of acquiring of knowledge and self-development which is necessary to have for effective professional performance of state employees. All this knowledge and self-development qualities are developed in operating with business graphics programs.
36.  
DULAMA MARIA ELIZA, PhD Assoc. Professor
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
dulama[at]upcmail.ro
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: An Analysis of the Relevance of Some Online Information Sources for E-Learning. Case study: The Geomorphosite "Gradina zmeilor” - Romania

Abstract: The study developed from the observation that students find it difficult to identify the components of micro-landforms and understand how they were formed whether they make a field trip in person or virtually visit the geomorphosite. Their knowledge is frequently limited to the images perceived and impressions they remember. To gather information about geomorphosites students frequently use photos or information published online. The question then arises as to whether photos, films, online written information about natural tourist attractions, geomorphosites included are reliable and appropriate for e-learning courses and instructional strategies or not. To answer this question we carried out a quantitative and qualitative analysis of materials available on websites. The findings led us to the conclusion that these information resources are limited for an effective preparation about the micro-landform studied and, therefore, they cannot fully support studying. To illustrate our idea we selected and analyzed two web sources providing information on “Gradina zmeilor” ("Dragons Garden”) geomorphosite in Salaj, Romania. In the final section of our study several suggestions are made relative to improving the quality of materials published online and solving the problem of relevance of online sources for e-learning.
37.  
STEOPAN MIHAI, PhD Eng. Lecturer
PRECUP SEBASTIAN, Eng.
ISPAS VIRGIL, PhD Eng. Reader
POPISTER FLORIN, PhD Eng. Assistant
Department of Industrial Design and Robotics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
mihai.steopan[at]muri.utcluj.ro
Section: IntelEdu, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Competitive design of the mechanical structure for a flying robot

Abstract: The paper presents the competitive development of the mechanical structure for a flying robot. Starting from a predetermined set of requirements, based on the present state of knowledge in the field, using competitive design tools and techniques the requirements were evaluated. Afterwards, they were used to identify the critical characteristics needed by the flying structure. The critical characteristics were evaluated against the requirements in order to identify the most important characteristics. The functions of the flying robot structure were also identified and evaluated. A series of constructive variations for the mechanical structure were design using computer aided graphics and evaluated through the use of computer aided engineering tools. In order to identify the most appropriate structure for the initially identified requirements, the constructive variants were evaluated against the critical characteristics. For the constructive variant identified as the most appropriate a set of studies were undertaken to determine the wing spam and the joining points for the wing elements. Using competitive development tools through a dedicated software package, combined with the use of computer aided engineering software packaged, all interested parties in the development of the robot were able to collaborate in an effective and efficient manner. The effect of the collaboration resulted in a biomimetic mechanism that closely replicates the wing movements of birds.
38.  
TUNEA ALINA-GABRIELA, PhD candidate
Univeritatea din Bucuresti, Romania
alina_boca[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: A parallel genetical algorithm for protein folding problem

Abstract: Genetical algorithms are in fact searching and optimization techniques based on a biological process. They use a vocabulary borrowed from genetics science. A genetical algorithm describes a calculus method to solve a problem using ideas from evolution’s biological processes, simulating them by a succession of generations (repetitive process) of a population (mass) of candidate solutions. A candidate solution is represented internally as a genes string (genotip) and is called cromosome. The gene is basically the atomic information from a cromosome. The problem for adapting the genetical algorithms to multiple processors can be set in these 2 ways:
1) Each processor operates independantly in an isolated sub-population of individuals and periodically the best of these individuals are distributed between the rest of the processors. This operation is called migration.
2) Each processor does one portion of each stage of the algorithm: selection, crossover and mutation in a common population.
The Folding Protein problem consists of estimating the terthiar structure of a protein from an amino-acid sequence by minimising an energy function; this represents one of the most important and difficult problem in bio-chemistry, molecular biology and bio-physics. From the begining, the Folding Protein problem is considered a calculus challenge and it’s demonstrated as being a NP-difficult (hard) problem even when the configuration is restricted to a lattice. This problem is also referring to the functional status in 3D, in this way the natives folds of a protein are defined as its own informations’ sequence.
39.  
ANDREI ELENA MIHAELA, PhD
BRANISTE LUDMILA , PhD Associate Professor
CÂSLARU MARIANA-DIANA, PhD
"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania
dianacaslaru[at]yahoo.fr
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The complexity of interlanguage – a computer assisted analysis

Abstract: The analysis of the interlanguage system is still a challenge as researchers admit they have to deal with dynamic languages. The interlanguage is considered to be a third language system developed by the learner, different from both the source and target languages. The paper aims to reveal a new methodology of interlanguage analysis which uses both manual and computer assisted techniques. Statistical and IT tools support these research methods and add to the refinement and liability of this study.
40.  
BARBIERU DRAGOS, PhD Eng.
Advanced Distributed Learning, National Defence University "CAROL I", Romania
dragos.barbieru[at]adlunap.ro
Section: TECH, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: SCORM and xAPI standards

Abstract: Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based e-learning. The SCORM 4th Edition is the current version and was released in March 31, 2009. To extend the functionality of SCORM, in April 2013 was finalized first version of Experience API(xAPI). The purpose of the xAPI is to store and provide access to learning experiences.
41.  
AILENI RALUCA MARIA, PhD Eng.
Faculty of Computer Science, "Al.I.Cuza" University, Iasi, Romania
raluca.aileni[at]infoiasi.ro
Section: TECH, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Cloud computing healthcare service for optimizes patients virtual monitoring

Abstract: In this paper is presented a computational model for healthcare services integrated in cloud computing system. By using cloud computing its obtained multitenancy, independence (devices – wearable sensors for patients, platform with data collections from sensors for medical staff and location), performance and costs reduce. The objective is to optimize healthcare service based on software application, data loggers for biosensors, and platform infrastructure with patients’ database. By using virtualization, data available in network can be used for improve the health state patient evaluation and predict, based on similar cases, disease evolution and optimize medication prescription.
42.  
AILENI RALUCA MARIA, PhD Eng.
Faculty of Computer Science, "Al.I.Cuza" University, Iasi, Romania
raluca.aileni[at]infoiasi.ro
Section: SOFT, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Software application for non-Newtonian fluid flow numerical analyze

Abstract: This paper presents a software application for non-Newtonian fluid flow simulation through arteries. The numerical analyze refer to the non-Newtonian fluid flow parameters. This numerical analyze is usefully for artificial arteries production, made from textile yarns. Rheology generally refers to the behavior of non-Newtonian fluids, by characterizing the minimum number of functions that are needed to relate stresses with rate of change of strains or strain rates. Considering that arteries have the ideal tubular structure, it is very important, for arteries development, the fluid and flow parameters analyze. This application can compute, by using Grid network system, very easy the numerical value for fluid flow parameters.
43.  
SERBANESCU LIVIU, PhD Lecturer
Hyperion University Bucharest, Romania
livius969[at]gmail.com
Section: SOFT, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: The training of software developers on maintenance activities for database applications

Abstract: During the exploitation of database software applications may occur problems with origins in the development stage and problems due to the evolution of resources that are interacting with the application (software, hardware and human resources). The initial construction of the application is made with a predetermined resources system, but during the exploitation some of the resources are changing (the OS, the DBMS, the communication with other software resources etc). The intervention on a running database application makes some problems which do not appear in the development stage. The occured risks in the intervention moment on a running database application are higher than the ones from the first use of the application and it needs more attention in this stage of the maintenance training of software developers. There are also cases where the database system architecture has undergone multiple changes or its architecture is no longer known. In this case it is necessary to identify the existing architecture in order to transform the architecture according to the new requirements appeared in the maintenance stage. This paper aims to summarize some of these problems that are occurring in the maintenance stage of the relational database applications and it proposes some guidelines to resolve them during the trainning process for software developers.
44.  
TRIF GHEORGHE-FLORIN, PhD Lecturer
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Trif.Gelu[at]dppd.utcluj.ro
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: The influence of users learning styles and tutorial design on evaluation of eLearning contents in educational psychology

Abstract: In this study we aimed at investigating in what way two leaning styles influence learning new contents on line, on an educational psychology theme. The main objective was to identify the way in which e-learning contents can be designed in order to fit the students’ learning style. More exactly we wanted to investigate how learning some psychology contents (evaluated by: knowledge tests, case studies and concept maps) can influence the interaction between learning style (oriented towards understanding knowledge versus focused on reproducing knowledge) and the modality of information presentation, navigation in the tutorial respectively (sequentially or freely). The students characterized by a learning style oriented towards understanding the material elaborate more accurate concept maps than the students who have a learning style oriented towards memorizing information. The effect is significantly bigger for the students who navigate a constructivist tutorial compared with the participants who navigate an instructional tutorial. On the other side we noticed a better performance on the knowledge test for the students who navigate the instructional tutorial (compared with those who navigate the constructivist tutorial) and who share a learning style oriented toward memorizing information.
45.  
TUDORACHE LOREDANA ADRIANA (1), Teacher for special school
MICHEL THEODORA (2), Teacher for primary school
(1) Special School Sf.Nicolae, Romania
(2) Secondary School Uruguay
teomichel[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: The role of Modern Educational Technologies in the education of children with S.E.N (Special Educational Needs)

Abstract: This article is an argument for increasing the efforts on introducing new technologies in special education and inclusive education in our country. Although there is a material basis in some schools that provide ”ICT infrastructure”, there was no concern that it would be assistive and effective technologies as educational investment, especially for students with moderate and severe cognitive deficit in special schools but also for students with difficulty in learning in mainstream schools. Multimedia technologies, augmentative and alternative communication devices specific solutions are often not very expensive and give good results in learning for these categories of students. To highlight the role that modern educational technology has in increasing the quality of life of people with special needs, for the quality of teaching, form reducing disparities due to the learning environment and the saving of the educational costs we use secondary analysis of data, and two institutional case studies (a special school and a school included) that will reveal best practices, and also the obstacles encountered by the integration of ICT in the educational process.
46.  
MACHIDON OCTAVIAN, PhD Candidate
SANDU FLORIN , PhD Professor
Transilvania University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Electronics and Computers, Brasov, Romania
octavian.machidon[at]unitbv.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: A service-oriented perspective for enhancing a digital system design course

Abstract: The traditional approach to digital system design uses Hardware Description Languages (like Verilog) for describing the functionality of the circuit and EDA (Electronic Design Automation) software for implementing the design into reconfigurable hardware. However this methodology raises challenges in the academic field where due to the various hardware platforms and multitude of software design tools specific for each vendor, it is often difficult to manage an on-site laboratory capable of providing the much-needed hands-on practical experience to students. This paper describes a service-oriented approach to solving this issue by providing the design and implementation flow using web services, remotely accessible to students. Simulation, compilation and implementation of a digital design are all accessible to the students via web services without them needing to install and manage the design software tools locally. Our approach makes the software and hardware resources involved in a digital system design course easily available for multi-student practice with improved flexibility and reduced costs.
47.  
ALLEGRA MARIO, Researcher
DAL GRANDE VALENTINA,
GENTILE MANUEL,
LA GUARDIA DARIO,
OTTAVIANO SIMONA ,
Institute for Educational Technology - National Research Council of Italy, Italy
manuel.gentile[at]itd.cnr.it
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: An educational simulation tool to explore consumer behaviour in tourism

Abstract: Simulation is a representation of a real-world environment, system or process. The effectiveness of simulation in education has been extensively demonstrated for teaching various topics as well as at different levels of education. For example, according to a meta-analysis of 32 studies (Vogel et al.,2006), subjects utilizing interactive games or simulations shows significantly higher cognitive gains and better attitudes toward learning compared to those using traditional teaching methods for instruction. Anyway, there are specific context (e.g. social phenomena) where computer simulation are the only way to support student in the understanding of these phenomena by means of what Epstein called a generative approach (Epstein, 2007). Since the seminal works of Schelling (Schelling, 1971; Schelling, 1978), the agent-based approach has been proposed as a natural paradigm to study social phenomena. Nevertheless, it has become more popular in recent decades with the development of artificial intelligence and computational theory. In fact, in the last few years the use of multi-agent based simulation (MABS) as an approach that provides useful and often essential insights into a large number of scientific and application sectors has grown continuously (Salamon, 2011; Grogoul et al., 2003; Gentile et al.,2004; Epstein, 1999). Moreover, numerous authors have recognized the effectiveness of MABS for the investigation of social and biological systems (Lopez-Paredes, 2012). The aim of this work is to describe an agent based simulation tool aimed to allow students in exploring the consumer behaviours in tourism.
[The Institute for Educational Technology, Genova: http://www.itd.cnr.it/ ]
48.  
BARITZ MIHAELA, PhD Professor
University Transilvania, Product Design, Mechatronics and Environment Department, Brasov, Romania
mbaritz[at]unitbv.ro
Section: TECH, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Eye movements and gaze detection, mechanisms to analyze the learning level and the perception degree

Abstract: In the era of computers, electronic devices that makes transmission, storage and playback of information (video, audio or text) cause a change in how information interacts with human subjects. Any form of emotional behavior manifests through the adjustment of physiological acts of some components from the visual system. Thus, the systemic analysis of these adjustments through different methods allows the establishment of some connections between the level of emotional state and non-verbal communication. The experimental research is based on the biomechanics analysis of the binocular vision and on the correlation of means to make a visual and a non-verbal expression, with a degree of visual stimulation respectively (through chromatic, illumination, movement, form and sizes). Dynamic response of eye movements and gaze direction of the human visual system can be quantified and can determine, by correlation analyze, the degree of perception and learning level due to the effects of visual stimuli.
[Transilvania University (UTBv): http://www.unitbv.ro/en/Home.aspx ]
49.  
BARITZ MIHAELA, PhD Professor
University Transilvania, Product Design, Mechatronics and Environment Department, Brasov, Romania
mbaritz[at]unitbv.ro
Section: TECH, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Software application for biomechanical motion tracking

Abstract: Biomechanics of the human body can be analyzed by acquiring successive images of the relative position of the loco-motor system structure and then extract the information about trajectory, velocity or acceleration. The application is based on using a set of three video cameras connected to a computer system that allows the acquisition, storage, processing and playback of images taken in three-orthogonal system of loco-motor system of human subjects. The analyzes can lead to the development of training procedures, recovery or fundamental biomechanics analysis in order to understand and learning new mechanisms for obtaining performance or comfort.
[Transilvania University (UTBv): http://www.unitbv.ro/en/Home.aspx ]
50.  
MALAKOUTI SALIM (1), PhD Candidate
HOSSEINLOU SADAF (2), PhD Candidate
OMIDVAR AMIN (3), PhD Candidate
(1)University of Pittsburgh, USA
(2)University of Illinois, USA
(3)Amirkabir University, Iran
omidvaramin[at]gmail.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: A Category-Based PageRank Algorithm on Finding Multi-Field Experts in Yahoo! Answers

Abstract: Nowadays, we are faced with numerous questions every day. Community-driven question-and-answer websites are websites where people are able to ask these questions or answer the ones asked by others. Today, a massive amount of knowledge and information is being shared in these websites. But the main problem regarding these online communities is, what percent of the information we obtain from them is valid, how many of the answers are correct, which users are more reliable and so on. For this reason, we proposed a new approach on finding expert members in a popular forum, such as Yahoo! Answers, using PageRank and user activities. This way we know which answers and which users are countable. First, we use the questions and answers of members to create a graph. Then, after applying answers’ rating parameters such as good and bad rating, we apply the PageRank algorithm in order to rate the members according to their activities in a specific category. Finally, we compute the overall score of a member, using these category-based scores and the relativeness between the categories, calculated by the proposed method.
51.  
ZLATOELI DUCHEVA, Assistant Professor
PEHLIVANOVA MARGARITA, PhD Associate Professor
Faculty of Technics and Technologies - Yambol, Trakia University - Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
zl.ducheva[at]abv.bg
margopehlivanova[at]abv.bg
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The role of university professors for the interdisciplinary education of the engineers

Abstract: The solution of the global problems of the mankind requires and enforces a new look and approach in the training process and education as well as in the field of scientific research activity. The understanding of the problem with the interdisciplinarity in the higher education is a complex system that includes horizontal and vertical integration. The university lecturers play a key role to the preparation of the future engineers who need to be competent not only in traditional and routine activities but also in innovational activities (capacity to synthesize and create), the integration of knowledge in the broad intellectual field (the natural sciences with the social sciences and humanities) designing, global engineering practice (global markets), ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams with cultural diversity and competence to cope with the changing global challenges and opportunities. This requires a change in the educational approaches and technologies of teacher’s training, in holistic perception of the world and combining the teaching with the scientific-research activities, with this in real production conditions or inclusion of business representatives in the personnel training.
52.  
PEHLIVANOVA MARGARITA, PhD Associate Professor
ZLATOELI DUCHEVA, Assistant Professor
Faculty of Technics and Technologies - Yambol, Trakia University - Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
zl.ducheva[at]abv.bg
margopehlivanova[at]abv.bg
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: The interdisciplinarity in the training of engineers - a condition for solving the global problems of the humanity

Abstract: The trends in the global economy and the economy in the country change the needs and requirements to the preparation of engineers. Besides the traditional engineering practice that is associated with certain products, development, production, sales, management, etc. in the analysis of the development of engineering education (USA, UK and Bulgaria) are observed new trends in the holistic approach for achieving engineering solutions by integrating the elements of the general education with those of the liberal education, to enrich their scientific and technological training. According to: the National Statistical Institute, the research of the Bulgarian Industrial Association, details of joint seminars and meetings with employers of FTT are indicated major changes in the requirements to the engineering profession.
53.  
BARIS MEHMET FATIH, PhD Assistant Professor
Vocational School of Technical Sciences, Namik Kemal University, Turkey
mfbaris[at]nku.edu.tr
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Exploring European Union Teachers’ Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) and Educational Use of Web Technologies

Abstract: Several studies have been carried out on technological, pedagogical content knowledge and web-based education. In this study, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Educational Use of Web Technologies (TPCK-W) self-efficacy and attitudes of 33 teachers from 8 different branches carrying on their duties in 19 countries of European Union (EU) were analyzed. In the research, the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge-Web (TPCK-W) Survey developed by Lee, Tsai, and Chang (2008) was used. The data obtained in the research were analyzed using SPSS for Windows 17.0 program. As result of the analysis, it was revealed that TPCK-W self-efficacy of teachers carrying on their duties in EU countries was high and their attitudes were positive; and age, experience, and gender did not affect their TPCK-W self- efficacy and attitudes.
Keywords: TPCK-W, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, TPCK-W self-efficacy, TPCK-W attitude
[Namik Kemal University: http://www.nku.edu.tr/en ]
54.  
DINICA MARIA (1), PhD Candidate Teacher
DINESCU LUMINITA (2), PhD Teacher
MIRON CRISTINA (3) , PhD Lecturer
(1) "Nicolae Kretzulescu" Commercial High School of Bucharest,
(2) "Dimitrie Leonida" Technical College, Bucharest,
(3) University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Bucharest-Magurele,
Romania
mariadinica[at]gmail.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Using digital tools to develop collaborative problem solving skills

Abstract: The competence of solving problems collaboratively currently makes the subject of international assessments, being considered the foundation of a good social and professional insertion of young people. Students must demonstrate that they have the competence before graduating high school. This is why teachers are concerned with establishing training programs and also finding appropriate means and methods for training and development this specific competence. In this paper, we are going to present a method of developing students' collaborative problem solving abilities through the use of digital tools, in order to increase their motivation to solve problems, as well as to favor their efficient cooperation while learning Physics.
55.  
KOVACS STEFAN, PhD Senior Researcher
INCDPM ”Alexandru Darabont”, Romania
stefan_agk[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: EDUWORK- (e)-learning at work

Abstract: Work was from the beginning the key to human development. During the work people gathered experience, learning to develop their skills. Unfortunately this is a unidirectional process oriented towards very specific abilities. We are introducing in this paper a new concept- the EDUWORK. EDUWORK could be understood very simply as self-centred, self-paced education during the work process. EDUWORK could be job oriented or job connected. EDUWORK is a multi-layered cluster of instruments and techniques allowing self- centred, self-paced education of the employee during the work hours. It is a win-win situation because the employer would benefit to have a better trained personnel and the employee would develop his education and his social position through education. EDUWORK could not be applied in every enterprise- as there are units where the work programme should be continuous – nor for every employee- as there are employees that are not interested. However, our experience with the development and implementation of a prototype for 10 enterprises with more than 1500 workers (shown also in the paper) shows that it is an interesting concept and the research shall be continued. The trainee could built his own training programme, could schedule it and also could interact with the EDUWORK content- improving it (if possible- even with its own case study), upgrading it (if possible also) , changing the presentation mode or the delivery way. The paper presents also the main steps in order to have a successful development and implementation.
56.  
TOADER FLORENTINA ALINA, PhD Candidate
Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Department of Informatics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Romania
toader_florentina_alina[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The Application of Petri Nets in Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Abstract: A Flexible Manufacturing System represents a production system that is able to adapt to different predicted or unpredictable changes that can appear during the production process and react to those changes in order to fulfill the proposed duties. Controlling, monitoring and optimizing the entire production process in a Flexible Manufacturing System is a challenging task that can be successfully solved using the advantages proposed by the Petri Nets method, a mathematical modeling language used for process analysis. The current paper proposes the application of Petri Nets used for modeling a real life situation: a flexible manufacturing system specialized on the margarine production.
57.  
TOADER FLORENTINA ALINA, PhD Candidate
Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti, Department of Informatics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics, Romania
toader_florentina_alina[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: An Artificial Intelligence Software Application for Solving Job Shop Scheduling Problem

Abstract: Job Shop Scheduling is an NP-hard problem and due to his complexity the researcher’s attention was focused in this area in order to find the most suitable approaches. The current paper presents an implementation in this field of an artificial intelligence technique: Ant Colony Optimization. This probabilistic technique is inspired by the behavior of ants in their search of a food source. The algorithm consists in a system of artificial ants that are able to communicate through the pheromone trail and identify the best solution for the proposed problem, considering the problem restrictions. The algorithm is tested for different production scenarios and in order to identify the algorithm performance, a comparison with two classical scheduling algorithms is presented.
58.  
ZAMFIROIU ALIN, PhD Candidate
Department of Economic Informatics and Cybernetics, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
zamfiroiu[at]ici.ro
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Modern higher education management

Abstract: In a standard learning environment students go to college where they have courses and seminars. Here they meet with the teachers. A teacher teaches a number of 50-200 students. This model is focused on the group of students represented by the group or series of college. Due to the evolution of technology, nowadays the education became modern and allows students to access educational resources at home or at work through E-learning platforms or wherever it on his mobile phone through M-Learning platforms. This education model is focused on person / student and his needs and allows the student to learn how easy he is to being placed in a group that must adapt. Modern education management consists of managing specific activities and assimilating information provided by teachers through electronic platforms, exercise, self testing, evaluating and obtaining students' results.
59.  
GRIGORE IONEL (1), PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA (2), PhD Lecturer
BARNA EMIL STEFAN (2), PhD Professor
(1) Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, Bucharest-Magurele, "Lazar Edeleanu" Technical College, Ploiesti
(2) Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, Bucharest-Magurele,
Romania
grigore_nl[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu, DEMO EXBITION
Title of paper: Using Excel spreadsheets to process data in Physics didactic experiments

Abstract: This paper presents the mode in which Excel spreadsheets can be utilized to process data in Physics didactic experiments. It describes the making of a tool with interactive spreadsheets to check the linear dependence of the absolute extension on the applied force in an elastic spring and the determination of the spring constant. The results are presented in a synthesized way, both as tables and graphs, in the main spreadsheet. The paper shows how certain Excel functions can be utilized to perform the regression analysis with the help of the method of least squares and to perform the calculation of errors. There are also highlighted the mathematical capacities and the graphical facilities offered by spreadsheets. The tool is useful for Physics laboratory lessons and it can easily be adapted for the whole range of didactic experiments by which a linear relation between two physical measures is verified.
60.  
KORGANCI NURI, PhD Candidate
Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, Bucharest-Magurele,
Romania
nkorganci[at]gmail.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: The Role of Simulation and Real Experiment in Teaching Photovoltaics

Abstract: Alternative energy education must be an obligatory component of public education to improve the use of clean energy. We should teach one of the important energy sources which is solar energy as an alternative way to produce energy by direct conversion of the solar light into electricity. This process requires the usage of modern technologies and software which encourages students’ understanding of photovoltaics. This paper discusses the role of interactive p-n junction simulation-based virtual labs for understanding the concept of photovoltaic. The primary audience for this p-n junction simulation is high school students who do not have a background in higher level science. This simulation encourages the chosen group of students to understand characteristics of a p-n junction device by using energy bands. Virtual labs, which serve as an initial experiment and a first contact with the studied phenomena for the student, can be complemented with real hands-on experiments. The self-confidence of students is increased by their discovery of learning and curiosity in research during an interactive teaching and learning process.
61.  
CORNEL CONSTANTIN-EUGEN, PhD Lecturer
Hyperion University of Bucharest, Exact and Engineering Sciences, Automatics and Applied Informatics, Romania
eugen.cornel[at]gmail.com
Section: TECH, DEMO EXBITION
Title of paper: Design and implementation of virtual laboratories for control systems using online services

Abstract: Today’s advanced software technologies permit us to study and practice various technical domains more easily with the help of virtual environments and distance learning applications. Thus, the present work describes the phases of design and implementation of virtual laboratories for control systems using multiple software tools, including web services for remote control. This new approach can be applied to a variety of automatic control systems, due to simplicity of implementation, functional flexibility and low costs. The demonstration is made on a physical control laboratory platform, inside our Department of Automatics and Applied Informatics.
62.  
COZMA GEORGETA, PhD Candidate
GRIGOREAN MIHAELA, PhD Teacher
(1) Colegiul National "Mihai Eminescu" Satu Mare
(2) Liceul Teoretic Negresti - Oas,
Romania
cozmageorgeta20[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Trans-disciplinary applications in “The stone’s speech” Project

Abstract: Our paper aims to illustrate a complex project under construction, based on the transdisciplinary paradygm, which is addressed to youth involvement in nurturing and promoting the authentic values of the Country of Oas, through the creation of maps based on multi-touch technology and the corresponding software applications made through data bases from the places included in the study area and their efficacy both in the educational environment, by creating and participating at innovative transdisciplinary activities and workshops, as well as at the surrounding community, through an essential contribution to a sustainable development of the society in which we live.
63.  
IACOB NICOLETA MAGDALENA, PhD Lecturer
"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accounting, Bucharest,
Romania
nicoleta.iacob_2007[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Distributed databases system model. Disaster recovery methods

Abstract: As a result of increased demands for flexibility and high availability of big data volumes, the distributed database systems became a critical component for many systems implementations. In this paper is presented a system model and methods for data recovery. The proposed model is not affected by a single site failure, because data are replicated and the client requests will be served by other sites that contain valid replicas; if the entire database is affected, a restore process is initiated to bring system to the most recent database version.
64.  
TUDOR BRAGARU, PhD Associate Professor
State University of Moldova, Chisinau, Informatics Department
Republic of Moldova
theosnume[at]gmail.com
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Automated development of individual teaching e-tests

Abstract: In order to maintain motivation, the content of often repeated open tests for (self)training/evaluation should vary from one respondent to another and/or from one session to another. Likewise, to eliminate fraud the fixed versions of the tests should be replaced by the individual tests for each respondent. However, meeting these goals (requirements) presumes the development of a large number of items, the composition and realisation of which would take significant additional time that teachers do not have. This paper addresses some methodological issues of streamlining the process of development of parallel items and the content of e-tests. Such process allows for the automated development of any required number of any large-scale parallel items (concerning elaboration-solution-verification) with their direct importing into e-learning/e-testing platform. The streamlined process includes also a function of automated generation-correction-feedback for repeated individual tests in e-learning, e-training and e-testing sessions.
65.  
CZIPROK CLAUDIA (1,2), PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA (1), PhD Lecturer
POPESCU F. F. (1), PhD Professor
(1) University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics,
(2) Colegiul National “Mihai Eminescu” Satu Mare,
ROMANIA
clcziprok[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Project-Based learning based upon the constructivist method for High School Physics Lessons

Abstract: The focus of this paper is to introduce the idea of what project-based learning is and an example to implement project-based learning environments into the curriculum but yet still prepare students for high stakes standardized tests with an emphasis on performance. As an example, we give the results of this approach applied to class IX, for Geometrical Optics chapter. In addition to traditional course materials such as lectures and problem sets were used Open Educational Resources, online collaborative document creation and conceptual maps construction, also an online interactive space that helps users build a learning community. Teaching Thinking was included with Technology and offered a greater amount of enthusiasm for learning among students and also it has brought more benefits. Students worked under their preferred intelligence, interacted with their peers to problem solve and process information, and created a final product that demonstrates the knowledge they obtained, with a higher level of retention of the material being taught.
66.  
OSACI-COSTACHE GABRIELA (1) , PhD Lecturer
COCOS OCTAVIAN (1), PhD Associate Professor
COCOS ALINA (2), PhD Teacher
(1) University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography
(2) "Mihai Viteazul" National College, Bucharest
Romania
gabrielaosaci68[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Online cartographic materials for geographical higher education: opportunity or threat?

Abstract: For Geography as a study subject, student-centered learning is facilitated by the Web 2.0 environment, which brought about not only the opportunity to easily find the necessary maps, but also the risk of using and/or diffusing erroneous cartographic materials. As long as e-learning 2.0 tends to unite the formal and informal sides of education this risk becomes greater for the students, as they are tempted to make use of any available map in the virtual environment, especially outside the institutional activities (and by mobile learning), without paying attention to the errors they contain. A teaching experiment (carried out during the academic year 2013-2014), which developed in three stages (initial questionnaire, formative intervention and final questionnaire), focused on the behavior of the students in Geography in relation with the online cartographic sources, with the purpose of cultivating a „reflexive” attitude in any circumstance that would require the use of a web-based map. The sample of this investigation included first-year students of the Faculty of Geography within the University of Bucharest who specialize in Cartography. We anayzed their cartographic products (digital tourist plans prepared in QGIS based on personal fieldwork, starting from a basemap downloaded from the internet) and compared their answers given to the initial and final questionnaires. The results obtained at the end of this teaching experiment prove that students have become selective about the web-based maps and have developed a critical attitude towards them, as soon as they realized that not all the maps on the web are correct.
[University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography: http://geo.unibuc.ro/ ]
67.  
GIRBACIA FLORIN , PhD Lecturer
GIRBACIA TEODORA, PhD Candidate
"Transilvania" University of Brasov,
Romania
garbacia[at]unitbv.ro
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Augmented reality assistant for enhanced learning process for deaf persons

Abstract: The learning of new knowledge also requires attention, which plays an active role in the assimilation of relevant input data.The learning process for deaf persons through course presentations is influenced by the students' separated attention between the lecture of the teacher or the presenter, the sign language interpreter and the content of the presentation. In this paper we are studying the method of using an Augmented Reality (AR) assistant as a sign language interpreter co-located with the course presentation. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR) systems, in which users are completely immersed in the virtual environment, Augmented Reality(AR) users see the virtual objects and the real world co-existing in the same space (co-located). The co-location of an AR sign translator avatar with the real presentation provides the possibility of an increased attention that may lead to the enhancement of the learning process. For the co-location of the AR sign translator avatar is used a see trough head-mounted-display (HMD). In the first part of the paper is presented the architecture of the AR system prototype, followed by the description of the AR sign translator avatar module. In the second part, we present an evaluation of the AR assistant. The results are discussed in the last part of the paper.
[University of Brasov: http://www.unitbv.ro/en/home.aspx ]
68.  
CIASCAI LILIANA, PhD Professor
"Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Didactics of Sciences,
Romania
liliana.ciascai[at]ubbcluj.ro
Section: IntelEdu, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Teachers interest for developinf works on ICT field

Abstract: This study presents the results of analysis carried out on the topics of 858 works developed by teachers to obtain the first didactic degree. The first aim of the research was to identify the topics on ICT field in the list of these works. The research also review a sample of 26 natural science works to establish the typology of web resources used by teachers and the percentage represented by web resources on the bibliographic references. The results show: a) a very low interest of teachers for topics such as ICT; b) web resources are unequal represented in the bibliography of these works and c) teachers use preferentially in their works tertiary and gray literature. Our conclusion is: teacher training in the field of ICT must be accompanied with a preparation for the use of ICT in the classroom.
["Babes-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca: http://www.ubbcluj.ro ]
69.  
ŞCHIOPU DANIELA, PhD Assistant Lecturer
"Petroleum-Gas" University of Ploieşti, Department of Informatics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics,
Romania
daniela_schiopu[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Implementation Methods of Speech Recognition in e-Learning

Abstract: E-learning is understood as the use of information and communication technologies in teaching and learning. E-learning plays a major role, not only in formal learning processes, but also in society in general. In our contemporary society, the access to information and technologies used in learning can offer to the trained person many more advantages. In recent years, web community consists of users who have access to information using smart phones, tablets or PDAs. Thus the educational technologies tend to be more portable. Due to the rapid development of communication technology, the forms of learning have evolved from the classical learning to e-learning. Such technologies can include speech recognition methods as well. In this paper, the authoress insists on the advantages of incorporating speech recognition-based technologies in e-learning. The second goal of this research is development and testing two different speech recognition methods for isolated spoken words in Romanian language: temporal alignment (dynamic time warping) and artificial neural networks (multilayer perceptron). For this goal, first we used cepstral analysis for processing the speech signal in order to obtain important characteristics (mel-cepstral coefficients). Finally, the results of the experiments are presented, together with a comparison between these two methods, when they are used for e-learning process.
["Petroleum-Gas" University of Ploieşti: http://www.upg-ploiesti.ro ]
70.  
MARCIUC DALY (1,2), PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA (1), PhD Lecturer
BARNA EMIL (1), PhD Professor
(1) University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics
(2) "Mihai Eminescu" National College of Satu Mare,
Romania
daly.marciuc[at]gmail.com
Section: IntelEdu, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Understanding of Coupled Oscillators by Building Mathematical and Virtual Models

Abstract: Understanding oscillatory phenomena and the associated mathematical models can be improved by the deployment of complex modeling activities in an interdisciplinary framework. The learning activities that we propose involve transferring and applying knowledge from the area of Mathematics, Physics and Information Technologies, engaging the students in building virtual, dynamic and interactive models for the studied oscillatory phenomena. The simulations of different systems of coupled oscillators and the representation of their physical parameters were achieved using GeoGebra mathematical educational software, which allows simultaneous operation with graphical and algebraic representations of objects. The proposed teaching approach is participatory and constructivist. Firstly, students build a mathematical model of the physical phenomenon and then mathematical formulas will result in visual and interactive simulations of the physical processes. Students are able to view, step by step, the implementation of mathematical models by generating dynamic virtual models and to verify in this way the validity of their reasoning.
71.  
OPREA MARIN , PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA, PhD Lecturer
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics,
Romania
opreamarin2007[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Designing a Virtual Physics Laboratory Using LabView

Abstract: Physics experiments based on the use of traditional laboratory kits can no longer match up to the requirements of modern day teaching. The need to expand the frontiers of physics experiments beyond the common investigation area and the desire to reduce the data processing time have led us to the establishment of a virtual physics laboratory. Drawing on the didactically relevant results obtained by using virtual physics experiments in LabView, we decided to expand their area, so that the students could gain a broader and qualitatively enhanced perspective on the studied phenomenon. In the present paper we will illustrate the design of a virtual experiment and we will provide some concrete examples from the fields of Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism and Optics which make up this virtual laboratory.
72.  
OPREA MARIN , PhD Candidate
MIRON CRISTINA, PhD Lecturer
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics,
Romania
opreamarin2007[at]yahoo.com
Section: TECH,DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: Data Acquisition Experiments in Physics Education

Abstract: A data acquisition device (NiDAQ 6008) in a school physics laboratory has a positive influence on the quality of the student applied projects. Based on a set of sensors, this device enables the signal acquisition from the external environment – acoustic, electromagnetic, thermic signals etc. – which can be converted into digital signals. These are then processed with the help of specialised software applications designed with the graphical programming environment LabView. In this paper we will illustrate the way in which such a data acquisition device produced by National Instruments can be used for the acoustic spectral analysis (using a microphone as a sensor), the temperature measurement (using a thermistor), the study of the characteristics of a photoresistor, of a semiconductor diode, of the electromagnetic induction phenomenon, of the charging and discharging of an electric capacitor etc.
73.  
DRAGOMIR ELIA GEORGIANA, PhD Candidate
"Petroleum-Gas" University of Ploieşti, Department of Informatics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics,
Romania
elia.dragomir[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Using evolutionary computation in air quality knowledge extraction

Abstract: Evolutionary computation is inspired by biological mechanism of evolution and involves continuous and combinatorial optimization. This paper presents a genetic algorithm – based heuristic method designed to obtain an optimal solution for the proper selection of the atmospheric parameters that are most likely to influence the ozone concentration. It is known that tropospheric ozone is a secondary air pollutant being directly influenced by the primary parameters concentrations and chemical reaction among them. The aim of this study is to determine based on a genetic algorithm the optimal selection of the air parameters that influenced the Ploiesti air quality.
["Petroleum-Gas" University of Ploieşti: http://www.upg-ploiesti.ro ]
74.  
DOBRE IULIANA, PhD Candidate
"Petroleum-Gas" University of Ploieşti, Department of Informatics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics,
Romania
iulianadobre[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: The validation and efficiency testing of an intelligent tutoring system that uses natural language processing technologies

Abstract: Currently, against a backdrop of the activities in all areas being interconnected with the learning activity, whereby lectures can no longer be delivered the traditional way, computer use in learning passed to a new stage, namely from the Computer-Assisted Instruction to Intelligent Tutoring Systems. This paper presents the development of an Intelligent Tutoring System capable to assist users who want to learn and understand the concepts and aspects related to Computer Programming and Programming Language C. The system generates tests with questions to which the users provide answers in text format, the answers being analyzed using Natural Language Processing technologies as well as the system calculates and provides the scores to users. The proposed system has been tested by the author in one of the Informatics labs belonging to the Department of Informatics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics of the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti. The results obtained by the students, using the proposed system have been compared with the ones obtained by the student during the official examination. These results were interpreted with the purpose to achieve some conclusions presented in this paper, as clear as possible, conclusions referring to the application functionality and efficiency.
["Petroleum-Gas" University of Ploieşti: http://www.upg-ploiesti.ro ]
75.  
ARHIP ODETTE (1), PhD Professor
ARHIP CRISTIAN (2), PhD Assistant
(1) Ecological University Bucharest,
(2) "Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi
Romania
arodette[at]live.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Glotodrama - metareferencial aspects

Abstract: Teachers’, researchers’ and individuals’ pedagogical experience has highlighted the difficulties and pendencies in teaching a foreign language in our time. The efforts are greater and more problems appear especially in the first stage of learning. New, interactive and efficient methods must be created in order to increase amenity, attention, communicative performance, bringing up social connections, relations and empathy. Glottodrama is one of these new methods. It was created in Italy within a European project. It has spread in many European countries and beyond. Taking into account the student’s status in front of society, this method is based on drama or theatrical scenery. The primary inspiration appeared observing the status of the students as “characters” because they have to invest with new linguistic parts and different normative social models. Because of emotion, tension and embarrassment, those who learn a foreign language tend to play a part or to act in the respective foreign language. Glotto-drama offers a more natural way to express, real living linguistic contexts and the acquisition of the foreign language becomes a pleasant, useful and more authentic access to another linguistic and emotional Self. This method is also used in Romania and especially in one of the most important cultural and educational cities, Iasi, at EuroEd Foundation, "Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy and “George Enescu” University of Arts.
["Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy: http://www.umfiasi.ro/Pages/Default.aspx ]
76.  
ARHIP ODETTE (1), PhD Professor
ARHIP CRISTIAN (2), PhD Assistant
(1) Ecological University Bucharest,
(2) "Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi
Romania
arodette[at]live.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Art, Reality and Didactic Communication

Abstract: A research-program regards the didactic dimension of teaching foreign languages through linguistic and theatrical devices and methods. This project encompasses interdisciplinary characteristics and it is an obvious and indicative example of applying the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union in Romanian educational institutions. Being coordinated by the Linguistic Research Laboratory of Culturiana Publishing Company, the method aims at testing this original method which involves communicative and dramatic procedures. The theoretical inspiration is offered by Erving Goffman’s social drama. The didactic strategies involving a language-teacher and a drama-teacher are complex and cover a diversity of social and cultural contexts. Students’ performances are filmed and recorded allowing an improvement of their verbal and non-verbal communication. They also experience life-facts and imaginary facts. Many aspects of disciplines analyzing non-verbal communication are also implied. They allow to the students to perceive acutely life and culture of different civilizations in which they enter linguistically and theatrically. The human capacity to watch, see, act and, verbally and mentally, interpret itself is a very interesting and defining one for the essence of a human being. The method may be regarded both as an absolute hyperbole of creative teaching-methods and an exceptional staging of real life. Divided selves are exposed in different milieux or media showing different social and physical details. Diverse portraits and cultural contexts intermingle with the inner openings and the specific features of various civilizations via media and drama devices.
Key-words: learning, creative teaching, media, drama, culture.
["Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy: http://www.umfiasi.ro/Pages/Default.aspx ]
77.  
DEFTA COSTINELA LUMINITA, Assistant Professor
"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University, Faculty of Tourism and Commercial Management, Bucharest
Romania
lumi.defta[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Enhanced AODV Authentication Mechanism in MANET

Abstract: MANET networks are vulnerable to many security attacks ranging from passive eavesdropping to active impersonation, message replay or message distortion. To mitigate some of the above issues, this paper will introduce a new authentication mechanism between certain nodes that form a MANET Network. The protocol studied is AODV (Ad-hoc On-Demand Distance Vector Routing) because of its popularity and lack of many security features. The paper will review the latest research papers on this field and will describe our proposed solution that can mitigate certain security vulnerabilities. Some performance aspects will be also taken into account because any new security enhancements should not have a major impact on the overall network performance.
78.  
DEFTA COSTINELA LUMINITA, Assistant Professor
"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University, Faculty of Tourism and Commercial Management, Bucharest
Romania
lumi.defta[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Increasing OLSR Protocol Security in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Abstract: In this paper we will propose some solutions to increase the security of OLSR protocol used in MANET networks. These networks are more susceptible than traditional networks to different kind of vulnerabilities and security attacks due to their wireless nature and dynamic topology. OLSR is one of the most used protocol in ad-hoc networks, but was developed without many built-in security features. A MANET does not have a central routing device, so each node should ensure also this function. Because of this, if one node from the network is compromised, the entire network could be compromised. The paper will describe the proposed solutions and their impact on the overall network performance.
79.  
CHISALITA OANA ANDREEA, PhD Researcher
"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Department of Interdisciplinary Research in Social-Human Sciences,
Romania
oana.chisalita[at]uaic.ro
Section: IntelEdu, DEMO EXHIBITION
Title of paper: ICT implementation policies developed in Romanian education

Abstract: Understanding the evolution of changes brought by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) in one education system can be realized by analyzing the strategies developed and implemented in that system. This article aims to analyze the ICT education policies developed during 1980-2012 period in Romania. The analysis takes into account three indicators (ICT infrastructure development, ICT curriculum transformation and ICT teacher training) and presents ICT programs and projects developed during that period. The results indicate that the implementation of technology represented the direct outcome of both the collaboration between ministries and the partnerships established between public and private institutions. The support provided by both national and international organizations ensured the faster integration of ICT in universities and led to the development of partnerships with international research institutes.
["Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi: http://www.uaic.ro/en/ ]
80.  
ZSOLDOS-MARCHIS IULIANA, Assistant Professor
"Babes-Bolyai" University Cluj- Napoca, Pedagogy and Applied Didactics Department,
Romania
iuliana.marchis[at]ubbcluj.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: How in-service teachers develop electronic lessons

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. In order to select the most efficient educational software for their class, teachers should know, which are the most important features of educational softwares. It is also important that teachers can develop simple electronic lessons for their classroom, as not every school subject is well covered by educational softwares or the existing softs are not appropriate for every classroom. This paper presents a qualitative research on what in-service teachers consider important when choosing educational software; and how they use these features in electronic lessons developed by them. Teachers’ answers about important features of a good educational software, and the electronic lessons made by them 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. The results highlight the importance of organizing practical training courses for CAL.
["Babes-Bolyai" University Cluj- Napoca: http://www.ubbcluj.ro ]
81.  
POPESCU MARIA MAGDALENA , PhD Associate Professor
"Carol I" National Defence University, Bucharest, Romania
mpopescu03[at]gmail.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Verbal and Non-verbal Communication in Game-Based-Learning

Abstract: While inordinate studies have shown a constant focus and endeavor of not only researchers and practitioners but also developers to come together and find an increasingly more and more refined system and theoretical framework to apply in the realm of serious games and game-based-learning educational effectiveness as such, while methodologies and pedagogies have been brought up on what best works in formal and informal education, while andragogy and corporate training performance indicators have been in search for best definitions, not much has been said on the way all these systems communicate, with reference to paradigms engaged both in the way serious games communicate knowledge or trigger attitudinal changes and in the way a user can communicate his feedback and express options in order to interact with the system or with other users, to build communities and drive change within oneself by simply getting connected, by responding and reacting, via both verbal and non-verbal communication. This paper depicts models of verbal and non-verbal communication and the way they are used in game-based-training to share knowledge, change attitudes and build communities. The message is that conversations are interesting, functional and worthy even when non-human factors are our interlocutors, hence awareness should be raised in what types of messages, encodings and decodings serious games ought to embed or be embedded into.
["Carol I" National Defence University, Bucharest: http://www.unap.ro/index.php/en/ ]
82.  
DOBRE IULIANA, PhD Candidate
"Petroleum-Gas" University of Ploieşti, Department of Informatics, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics,
Romania
iulianadobre[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: An intelligent tutoring system using natural language processing – presentation of the system functionalities

Abstract: Intelligent tutoring systems apply in many areas in which the general purpose is increasing labor productivity, encouraging communication, increased efficiency in education etc. Education is an area in which Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) discovered an excellent land for their development and use. This paper will present an ITS developed using Natural Language Processing technologies, system aiming to assist users who wish to acquire and understand concepts and issues relating to computer programming and the C programming language. The system follows permanently the students' actions and progress, granting virtual awards based on the scores obtained, facilitates the communication communication between instructor and users and provides the option to visualize the users' evolution since the first login in of each user together with a personalized feedback. Through the screen snapshots of the system interface, are presented and illustrated the program main functionalities. To this effect, will be presented the steps a student has to take, from the registration up to the exit from the working session. Also, will be briefly reviewed the main facilities provided by the system to the administrator, in terms of visualization, assist and follow up the students evolution during the instructional process.
["Petroleum-Gas" University of Ploieşti: http://www.upg-ploiesti.ro ]
83.  
STEFAN VERONICA, PhD Associate Professor
"Valahia" University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Targoviste
Romania
veronica.stefan[at]ats.com.ro
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Wwb oriented entrepreneurship through business simulation online tools

Abstract: This paper aims to present the issue of setting up the simulate enterprises that use the online support tools to facilitate the degree of assimilation of information and knowledge by students.
Entrepreneurship is the engine of innovation and future growth and the Digital Agenda 54th action aims to develop a new generation of web-based applications to stimulate networking activities and innovative enterprises. The concept of "Young Enterprise" try to be a new approach on how to learning, inspired by the concept of simulated enterprises. Young Enterprise is like a virtual game, adapted to the needs of learning, where students learn how to establish, to manage and to increase the profit of a company. We will follow the presentation of the results of this project, focusing on the role of WEB tools to enhance individual and collective decision-making capacity, to support knowledge sharing and teamwork, to understand the dynamics and market risks, the effects of global collaboration, to facilitate the transition from theory to practice and understanding of individual and collaborative processes of a company.
["Valahia" University, Targoviste: http://www.valahia.ro/en/ ]
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KORGANCI NURI, PhD Candidate
Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, Bucharest-Magurele,
Romania
nkorganci[at]gmail.com
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Providing Alternative Vocabulary Learning Method in Teaching Solar Energy

Abstract: Environmental damage caused by nonrenewable fossil fuels makes people prefer to use renewable energy resources, especially the most popular one called solar energy. That’s why we need to discover a better teaching method of solar energy and how solar cells work in high schools. Not only the limited lessons but also the eagerness of teachers’ content teaching, teachers rarely includes science vocabulary instruction which makes students gain the sense of text. However, we can reach our goal by teaching some specific terms related to this field to understand the text easily. Computer-assisted vocabulary learning is the effective option for students due to the limited class time and the large amount of vocabulary. Furthermore, this method supplies immediate feedback to students, motivate them learn via games and promote academic success. In this study, we provided 150 most used solar cell terms with their definitions, images, and simulations. Two groups of students from 11th grade who are eager to learn about solar energy were chosen for this study. Multiple choice and matching words and their meanings tests were applied at pre- and posttests. The results showed that there wasn’t statistical difference but computer-assisted group was more interactive and had much interest.
[Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest: http://www.fizica.unibuc.ro/Fizica/Main.php ]
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BUTNARIU SILVIU , PhD Associate Professor
GIRBACIA FLORIN , PhD Lecturer
ŞUPIALĂ ALEXANDRU BOGDAN , Eng.
"Transilvania" University of Brasov,
Romania
garbacia[at]unitbv.ro
Section: TECH
Title of paper: An aproach to teaching machine tools using virtual reality technique

Abstract: This article addresses the problem of learning the basics on CNC machine tools mainly used in machine building industry. The idea is based on the fact that usually, for educational issues, in schools or universities, there are maximum 1-2 machine tools, and working group is relatively large (20-25 students) which involves problems during the presentation.
For first courses in this area, with the theme of basic knowledge of machine tools, we propose the use of interactive models of machines tools made using VRML, which can run on every computer used in schools. The article describes how the interactive model was created and how it works.
[University of Brasov: http://www.unitbv.ro/en/home.aspx ]
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RĂDESCU RADU, PhD Associate Professor
TUDOR CRISTINA, Student
Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Applied Electronics and Information Engineering,
Romania
radu.radescu[at]upb.ro
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Optimizing a GIS Map For An Archeological Management Web Application

Abstract: This paper presents designing a geographic informational system (GIS) used to process, adapt and manage data and components within a spatial geographic map needed for the distribution of records data from historical plans overlapped on the terrain map. The Internet app, developed under the name RM360 (Roşia Montană 360) was designed in order to create an electronic inventory of the areas of cultural, archeological, architectural and historical heritage near Roşia Montană and to offer a complex management platform for this kind of site. In order to create the project there were used JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery 1.10.2, jQuery 1.10.4, Google Maps API (Application Programming Interface). For the server-side the XAMPP platform was used. The result of the GIS map optimization can be adapted to every type of natural or historical site.
[Polytechnic University of Bucharest: http://www.upb.ro ]
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RĂDESCU RADU, PhD Associate Professor
MANOLACHE MIHAI, Student
Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Applied Electronics and Information Engineering,
Romania
radu.radescu[at]upb.ro
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Designing An Application Of QR Recognition Techniques On Android Platform

Abstract: This paper presents the stages of conception, design and implementation of a software product for the Android platform, which recognizes and scans QR codes, with applications in geo-spatial databases for an archeological management system. The programming language mainly used to develop the application is Java. The application presented in this paper was developed in order to be used in an archaeological site and it can be adapted to any kind of particular case. It can be installed and used on Android powered smart phones. The details displayed on the mobile device screen can be images, map locations and many others. This preview of records from a database it is used in many tourist destinations around the world. The initial purposes of the bidimensional barcodes diversified, one of them being to be able to keep some sort of record in the wished manner of a number of tourist, historical, high importance destinations. The records viewed with our application contain information related to the edifices found in an archaeological site.
[Polytechnic University of Bucharest: http://www.upb.ro ]
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ŞTEFAN ANTONIU (1), Researcher
STĂNESCU IOANA ANDREEA(1), Researcher
ROCEANU ION (2), PhD Professor
BANCIU DOINA (3), PhD Professor
CÎRNU CARMEN ELENA (3), Researcher
(1) Advanced Technology Systems, Targoviste,
(2) "Carol I" National Defence University, Bucharest
(3) National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, Bucharest,
Romania
ioana.stanescu[at]ats.com.ro
Section: TECH
Title of paper: A Walkthrough Serious Games Design & Development

Abstract: The paper details the premises and the challenges associated to designing and developing serious Games (SG). The authors advance a hybrid, proactive, cost-efficient approach in the SG field that builds upon the power of commercial game engines and that integrates complex, serious games- driven pedagogical analysis. Unlike current developments that are either commercial, implementing the latest technological innovations, or educational, focusing on complex pedagogical constructs, the authors explore an innovative general framework for SG development that will bridge the expertise from the two areas. The researchers adopt a component-based development approach that increases productivity, reduces time to implementation, it is easier to customize and it requires less financial resources. Package software is monolithic, difficult to integrate, and expensive to customize. Custom development is costly and time consuming. Since organisations vary in size, competencies and requirements, component-based development enables companies and educational organisations to reuse what are essentially part of applications that can be customized and tied together to form a unique solution that suits their needs. Cost savings are achieved through a modular approach that enables the reuse of components in customised architectures. The research is carried out within the "Development Environment and Syllabus for Serious Games Implementation" Project, funded by UEFISCDI.
Keywords: serious games, game engines, Experience API, learning analytics
["Carol I" National Defence University, Bucharest: http://www.unap.ro/index.php/en/ ]
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STĂNESCU IOANA ANDREEA(1), Researcher
ŞTEFAN ANTONIU (1), Researcher
BAALSRUD HAUGE JANNICKE(2), PhD
LIM THEO (3), PhD
ARNAB SYLVESTER (2), PhD
(1) Advanced Technology Systems, Targoviste,Romania
(2) BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik, Germany
(3) Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
ioana.stanescu[at]ats.com.ro
Section: TECH
Title of paper: Tools in Support of Serious Game Reuse

Abstract: Serious Games (SG) developers and implementers need direct access to relevant information, knowledge, expertise, resources, best practices, creativity enabling sources, etc. especially in this era of information overload where search engines clearly show their limitations. A large number of potential reusable SG assets is lost due to this information overload, the sustainability and the multiplication effects of SG projects decrease because valuable resources get hidden in abundance. The authors present a Serious Games Reusability Reference Point (SGREF) that has been initiated with the purpose of enabling the collection of references to SG assets, created within the SG community - especially through projects funded at national, European, and international level - that are reusable, standardized, and/ or interoperable and are able to potentate creativity. The research is supported through the Game and Learning Alliance Project, funded under FP7, and the “Development Environment and Syllabus for Serious Games Implementation” Project, funded by UEFISCDI.
Keywords: serious games, software reuse, knowledge management

[International Centre for Excellence in Serious Games Applied Research: http://www.seriousgamesinstitute.co.uk ]

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RAILEAN ELENA, PhD Senior Lecturer
University of European Studies of Moldova, Academy of Sciences of Moldova,
Republic of Moldova
elenarailean32[at]gmail.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: Two Effects of the Digital Textbook Design on the Metacognitive Strategies

Abstract: Globalisation changes traditional vision about cognition and metacognition. Cognition and metacognition requires learner-centered learning environments. Moreover, the modern learning is influenced by the digital content challenges. The aims of this study are to explore students’ opinions about metacognitive strategies with digital textbooks in diversity of learner-centered learning environments. This article reviews scientific literature to shed some light into the relationships between metacognition as a part of the self-regulated learning process, metacognitive strategies used individually by learners and digital textbooks interface design. It was found that metacognitive strategies are indispensable element of digital textbooks functional structure. To relate theory to educational technology, a survey was designed for students engaged in reduced frequency courses at Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. The results indicate two effects of the digital textbook design: reproductive learning and self-regulated learning.
[European University of Moldova: http://www.usem.md/en ]
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ȘTEFĂNESCU CORNELIA, PhD Lecturer
ROŞU STOICAN OANA, PhD Lecturer
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences,
Romania
cornelia.stefanescu[at]yahoo.com
Section: IntelEdu
Title of paper: Online communication - instrumental factor that influences the educational climate of the school

Abstract: The concern for school climate and learning environment characterize the educational community for more than a century, various authors attempting to define the concept in terms like: psychosocial relationships in school, type of authority, the degree of motivation and mobilization of human resources, conditions of satisfaction or dissatisfaction, the degree of cohesion in the school community. The school organization climate is established by the interaction of several categories of factors, some of which emerge through their impact more obvious: structural factors, instrumental, socio-affective and motivational factors. Instrumental factors provide the necessary material and resources to achieve the objectives of the school. These factors include intra and inter-organizational communication methods. Inside school, information and communication technology (ICT) provides new forms of cooperation and communication. Electronic communication among members of a school organization represents an exchange of information through an IT network conducted directly and interactively.
[Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Bucharest: http://fpse.unibuc.ro/en/ ]
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ANASTASIU POPESCU DORU (1), PhD Lecturer
BOLD NICOLAE (2), student
(1) University of Pitesti, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
(2) University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Slatina Branch,
Romania
dopopan[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: System of monitoring animals from a zoo

Abstract: The problem of animal monitoring from a zoo is complex, given the fact that animals are not present in their natural environment and they do not dispose of their usual food. There are greater chances of contracting diseases or of inadaptability to the new conditions. In order to alert the zoo personnel in case of these types of situations we present a system of monitoring by weight sensors (low consume of food and water leads to weight loss) as well as movement sensors. The system processes data received from sensors and the personnel is alerted if received values are different from normal ones.
[University of Pitesti: http://www.upit.ro/ ]
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ANASTASIU POPESCU DORU (1), PhD Lecturer
BOLD NICOLAE (2), student
(1) University of Pitesti, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
(2) University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Slatina Branch,
Romania
dopopan[at]yahoo.com
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: System of monitoring the irrigation of an agricultural surface

Abstract: The problem of the efficiency of the water consume for irrigating agricultural surfaces is very important in the actual context, when the accent is set on lower costs and bigger crops. The monitoring systems proposed in the paper propose the usage of pipes equipped with taps and the adjustment of the flow according to values provided by humidity sensors associated with every tap.
[University of Pitesti: http://www.upit.ro/ ]
94.  
ATANASOV SVETOSLAV, PhD
NEDEVA VESELINA, PhD Associate Professor
DINEVA SNEJANA, PhD Associate Professor
Trakia University, Faculty of Engineering and Technology of Yambol,
Bulgaria
sbdineva[at]abv.bg
Section: M&M
Title of paper: How to Motivate Students Learning Instead of Cheating On a Test

Abstract: The quality of education is a crucial aim. Technology impacts so many areas of modern life. There are streaming too many information from everywhere, plenty of information. Technology provides a bounty of tools for learning and in the same way of cheating on a exam. The ability to improve quality of education is the main goal to any institution, formal or informal organization for education. In that article we will spoke about the methods that are often use for cheating on e-tests, how we try to prevent that way of practice and what is important teachers to do in order to reduce bad manner of cheating among students.
95.  
FRUNZEANU MIRELA, PhD Candidate
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Doctoral School of Educational Sciences, Romania
mirelafrunzeanu[at]yahoo.com
Section: M&M
Title of paper: ICT and the pedagogical changes in the school system

Abstract: During the transition from an industrial society to a digital society, more importance is given to forms of findings, analysis and communication of information depending on media forms. In today’s digital society ICT competencies are among the most required competences in the labor market. On the other hand it is clear that ICT is not an acquired skill in itself, but it helps and is influenced by collaborative skills, communication skills, and problem solving.Changes in society often bring about pedagogical changes in the school system. Given this view it is important that the ICT subject is developed as a cross curricular subject that permeates all curriculum subjects. During this study the focus will be on how important the implementation of ICT is to enhance and improve learning outcomes and teaching methods. Teachers are the first actors to change teaching forms and methodologies depending on social demands. But students as well change the learning methods because they have more choices to information and even more opportunities to learn from each other or with each other.
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CAMELIA CHISALITA-CRETU, PhD Lecturer
Computer Science Department, "Babay-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
cretu[at]cs.ubbcluj.ro
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Overview of the Multi-Objective Refactoring Selection Problem

Abstract: Software systems continually change as they evolve to reflect new requirements, but their internal structure tends to decay. Refactoring is a commonly accepted technique to improve the structure of object-oriented software. Several refactoring selection problem have been formalized in the past years. This paper intends to overview the work achieved in this area, starting from the general refactoring selection problem to the single, set, sequence, plan, or strategy based refactoring selection problems. The results on the studied evolutionary approaches are reminded and analyzed. Further research directions on the multi-criteria based selection are detailed.
[Computer Science Department: http://www.cs.ubbcluj.ro ]
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CAMELIA CHISALITA-CRETU, PhD Lecturer
Computer Science Department, "Babay-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
cretu[at]cs.ubbcluj.ro
Section: SOFT
Title of paper: Multi-Criteria Strategy-based Refactoring Selection

Abstract: Refactoring has proved to be a feasible technique that improves the internal structure of object-oriented software without changing the initial behavior. Scheduling a refactoring process for a complex software system is a difficult task to do. Refactorings may be organized and prioritized based on goals established by the project management leadership, that shapes a refactoring strategy. The paper presents the results of a multi-objective approach to the Strategy-based Refactoring Set Selection Problem (SRSSP) where the refactoring cost and impact are treated as objectives of a weighted-sum fitness function. The results of the proposed weighted objective genetic algorithm on an experimental didactic case study are presented and discussed.
[Computer Science Department: http://www.cs.ubbcluj.ro ]


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