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Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL), 2012 15th International Conference on

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  • [Title page]

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  • 2012 15th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL) [Copyright notice]

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  • Professional development of teachers of higher education on the basis of competence-based approach

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    The problem of advanced education of educators of modern of Higher School is important. Their advanced education has to meet the needs of the education system and for each subject. The process of training of Higher School teachers is to express a close relationship between the content of education and training activities. To do this, use active learning technologies. Educational workshop is a technology that creates the conditions for the ascent of every student to new knowledge and new experience through self-and collective discovery. View full abstract»

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  • Content elements of training teachers of engineering disciplines

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    The article gives up-to-date demands to graduates of higher educational establishments of Ukraine, the demands to their professional activities are thoroughly analyzed. The components of professional actions of a teacher-engineer are outlined, conclusions concerning the degree of their realization in students' pedagogical training content are made. The prospects of further researches in the given direction are defined. View full abstract»

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  • Professional and legal training of a teacher-engineer

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    The article analyzes the peculiarities of legal regulation of relations in education, causing the problem of allocation of the educational law in a separate branch. The role and the place of professional and legal training of future teacher-engineers are defined. Prospects of further researches are indicated in the specified direction. View full abstract»

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  • A learning content active conceptual modeling

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    Modeling as a process has significantly affected the whole plethora of industries worldwide. In this paper we focus on a learning content modeling. Learning content is the most important part of any e-learning system. The content needs to be modeled during the process of creation but there is a lack of modeling tools or even modeling approaches in learning content design. There is no tradition in modeling as opposed to civil engineering, electrical engineering, architecture etc. Traditional conceptual modeling methods are mainly focused on static aspects of domain. They turned out to be insufficient so a new approach called active conceptual modeling was proposed. It embraces all static and dynamic aspects of domain into one model. So we present a new method for learning content active conceptual modeling based on UML. View full abstract»

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  • Two-tier test: Means of fair and reliable evaluation

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    The paper deals with two-tier multiple choice tests working as a reliable tool for students' evaluation. The test was applied within the engineering education in the foreign language instruction at the Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. The multiple choice tests are often considered easier to pass even if the level of respondent's knowledge is low, and the reached result thus does not reflect the knowledge adequately. Two hypotheses were set to verify whether learners reach higher test scores in translations in comparison to multiple choice tests and to multiple choice tests with feedback. Under some conditions of "good luck in guessing" the correct answer might influence the test result to some extent. View full abstract»

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  • Rethinking effective teaching and learning for the design of efficient curriculum for technical teachers

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    Technical teachers need to possess skills in at least two distinct areas: engineering discipline and the art of teaching, balancing these two areas, knowing in-action how to do it in reallife situations and for real professional purposes. Understanding student individualities and their different learning styles is one of the midpoints of teacher training. The newly designed curriculum for technical teachers makes scientifically-founded and practice-oriented teacher training possible. The aim of the study programme described is to abolish mismatches between common learning styles and traditional teaching styles. The implementation of the designed curriculum concentrates on interactive lectures and inductive teaching model. Contemporary teaching models and strategies motivate students to learn more effectively, providing future technical teachers with teaching techniques which address all learning styles. View full abstract»

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  • On web-assisted college english autonomous learning

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    The progress of internet and communication technology has called for changes in College English teaching mode. The traditional teacher centered method can't keep up with the society. The 21st century needs people who are autonomous learners. Consequently, teachers have the responsibility to implement internet and communication technology into their teaching and involve developing student's learning autonomy as their teaching goal. This is a research on fostering students learning through webassisted English teaching. 32 non-English majors in grade two were selected for the research. Through one-year application of web-assisted English teaching method, the research aims at exploring students' changes in learning motivation, learning efficiency, listening & speaking, learning strategy and communication skills. In the research, questionnaires on learning anatomy were conducted on the students, also, students were asked to write their opinions on the web-assisted teaching method which may cover the problems they encountered and suggestions they have. The results shows that in web-assisted learning environment, most students' autonomous learning ability have been improved, especially on learning motivation, learning strategy, and communication skills, while on learning motivation, learning efficiency and learning strategy, some students feel worse than before. The author of this paper suggests teacher take new roles in the new learning environment. View full abstract»

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  • Identifying, classifying, and evaluating digital educational products: Anaylzing procedures of evalution at e-learning awards

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    This paper reports on implementation of procedures necessary to carry out evaluation of digital educational products (DEPs) in bigger scale respectively within e-learning awards (ELAs). In aspects of gathering/identifying, categorizing/ classifying and eventually evaluating DEPs the paper compares some of most popular ELAs and in the end focuses on Comenius EduMedia Awards and their features that are of additional value for the market (i.e. publically accessible database of evaluated DEPs with evaluation results and publically accessible evaluation criteria that serve producers as development guidelines). View full abstract»

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  • Intensification of professional training as a pedagogical problem

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    The article is devoted to the concept if intensification of professional educational process. It considers the fundamental principles of intensification of professional training, its methods and instruments, advantages and disadvantages. View full abstract»

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  • A knowledge based assistance system for finite element analysis

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    In this paper, we present the development of an assistance system for finite element analysis. This software helps students, and also beginners from industry, to learn numerical simulation techniques based on the CAx-program CATIA V5. The software which was written in Python programming language, is interconnected to CATIA via the COM-interface. This program analyses the users activities to give hints, warnings, and error messages. The main goal is to avoid the most common errors during the beginners' learning phases. In contradiction to conventional software wizards, this assistance system will not enforce a predefined sequence of solution steps. The user can interact freely with the finite element program. In case of problems, the learner can initiate an analysis cycle of the assistance software to get information and help. A web-browser is used to display the information which is created by the program. View full abstract»

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  • Iterative evaluation of a virtual three-dimensional environment for start-up entrepreneurship in different application scenarios

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    The Virtual Incubator World (VIW) is a virtual three-dimensional learning environment developed in Open Wonderland and is designed to support start-up entrepreneurs during the phases of knowledge acquisition, establishment of social networks and business idea exploitation. Therefore this environment is designed to support functionalities such as collaborative activities, possibilities to train key competences, resource provision but also role playing games. A helpful, motivational and friendly environment is the objective to be provided to the students, which supports different application scenarios and provides a collaborative solution for not only startup entrepreneurs but also for different target groups. Intention of the virtual world is to enhance learning activities in entrepreneurial courses, help start-up entrepreneurs in the beginning and also in the promotional phase and should facilitate the business incubator's activities. This paper introduces the different VIW branches designed for the needs of those different person groups, points out the different requirements and focuses on the evaluation of the defined application scenarios. According previous studies the major problems were defined as security, technical and acceptance issues. Due to iterative evaluations the VIW and according scenarios were improved to enhance in particular the users' acceptance of the novel e-learning and collaboration possibility by pointing out the advantages in comparison to conventional e-learning tools. Also technical issues were minimized by establishing exhaustive instructions and tutorials. View full abstract»

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  • Sunset/FFapl — An integrated development environment for teaching cryptography

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    Teaching cryptography usually requires students to have a comprehensive understanding of algebra, number theory as well as good knowledge in basic computer science. Particularly public-key cryptography is often a challenge to teach and understand without detailed examples and the possibility to implement an algorithm to really see how it works. However, most of the arithmetic appearing in cryptography is not directly supported by the common programming languages, and usually buried within complicated libraries. Software tools that natively support cryptographic operations are rare and most teaching in this area must be done with general purpose software like computer algebra systems. In this work, we report on a newly developed software system called SUNSET, which provides a programming language that natively supports operations within finite fields, rings and modulo groups. It has been explicitly designed for usage within classrooms and for rapid prototyping of cryptographic protocols. Contrary to many computer algebra systems and conventional programming languages, it does not require reference to external libraries or add-on packages, and lets a student implement a cryptographic algorithm in a way almost as it is printed in the papers. View full abstract»

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  • Sound of lasers (SOL) — An audiovisual approach to semiconductor laser dynamics

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    We present an educational software addressed to the students of optical communication courses, for a simple visualization of the basic dynamic processes of semiconductor lasers. The graphic interface allows the user to choose the laser and the modulation parameters and it plots the laser power output and instantaneous frequency versus time. Additionally, the optical frequency variations are numerically shifted into the audible frequency range in order to produce a sound wave from the computer loudspeakers. Using the proposed software, the student can simultaneously see and hear how the laser intensity and frequency change, depending on the modulation and device parameters. View full abstract»

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  • A first year introduction to life cycle analysis

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    At Rowan University, we have developed a module to introduce first year engineering students to life cycle assessment (LCA) through the comparison of the environmental impact of the combustion of two diesel fuels: petroleum diesel and biodiesel from waste vegetable oil (WVO). The purpose of this LCA module was to incorporate life cycle thinking into the engineering design process, to apply the four main steps of LCA (definition and scope, inventory analysis, impact assessment and improvement assessment), and to recognize modifications that would improve the environmental impact of the biodiesel combustion. Students compared the emissions generated in the combustion of laboratory-made biodiesel from waste vegetable oil and conventional diesel from petroleum by analyzing the exhaust gases from a generator. A fuel combustion life cycle inventory was developed using student data from the laboratory experiment, and life cycle analysis was then conducted using SimaPro®. The biodiesel fuel had been previously produced in the laboratory by the students and the production life cycle environmental impacts had been calculated as well. The assessment of learning outcomes indicates a significant increase in conceptual understanding of life cycle assessment in every category, and an average gain of over 60% in overall knowledge of life cycle assessment. View full abstract»

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  • Fractal organization management: University as a model

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    Globalisation, scalar increase in organizations, rapid developments in information and communication technologies, the increase in educational possibilities and people's abilities, creativity, and tendencies towards active interaction as well as the ongoing quest for the better prepared the ground for the change in organizational structures. Fractal organization is necessitated by the inability of traditional methods to account for the chaotic systems and the inability to optimize subsections that have nonlinear relations with each other. Fractal structure, which is one of the basic characteristics of the chaotic system, is a structure that develops on its own and is important for the organization of modern organizations. The fractal management organization which is studied in the scope of this paper is evaluated in a Turkish University. View full abstract»

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  • Formation of technological competence of future engineers — Technologists

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    The article is devoted to the problem of formation of the technological competence of future engineers. This competency can be formed in the laboratory. It is proposed different kind of laboratory work to form the technological competence: from the illustrative, experimental, integrative, research, virtual lab to work on a project-oriented, allowing implementing the principle of connection between theory and practice, to obtain the required design of professional activity. The experience method is proposed for estimating the technological competence. View full abstract»

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  • Embedded peer-to-peer coaching for developing practical skills of engineering students

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    The experience of implementing an embedded peer-to-peer coaching scheme for developing the practical and troubleshooting skills of junior electrical engineering students is described. The salient features of the presented scheme include high attendance of students during peer-to-peer coaching sessions, avoidance of surface learning approach, and its focus on developing the desired skills instead of aiming on succeeding in assessments. Implementation results over a two-year period are presented and it is shown that the presented scheme has successfully achieved its main objectives. Further developments planned to enhance its educational effectiveness are also discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Construction of a personally adapted e-learning system using collective intelligence

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    To meet the strong demand for training in technical Chinese, we have built an e-learning system for a technical Chinese course. In this study, we devised a method of adapting the course material to a learner's ability. For each new learner, the system uses collective intelligence to construct a preliminary vocabulary test. Then, it uses the results to construct a personalized course by selecting the course material from the database that is most suitable to the learner. View full abstract»

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  • On-line labs to teach Chemical engineering: Synergies between complementary tools

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    This paper presents a platform developed for the teaching of Chemical Processes stressing the synergistic effects of combining in the same platform different tools and also different subjects. The benefit for the students of the approach followed is discussed, namely on what concerns knowledge integration. The results of a questionnaire which has been filled by the students during the last four school years are presented. View full abstract»

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  • Calculus for beyond school applications: Mathematizing a situation simulated in a Virtual Environment

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    The study explores how students, who had completed the AP calculus course, applied their knowledge, mathematizing a situation simulated in the Second Life Virtual Environment. View full abstract»

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  • Psychodiagnosis and psychological correction in engineering psychology and engineering pedagogy: Problems and development's waysitle

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    Purpose of the article is to identify the current problems of psychodiagnosis and psychosocial adjustment in engineering psychology and pedagogy, to identify ways to resolve them. Psychodiagnosis and psychosocial correction in the psychology of work and engineering psychology has a huge role. Psychodiagnosis is required for both research and the practice of professional engineering personnel selection, vocational counseling, and vocational guidance. Psychological adjustment is necessary for the professional training of students of engineering, formation and development of their professional and important qualities, increase productivity and work quality engineering manufacturing sector. View full abstract»

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  • Experiences with BDI-based design and implementation of Intelligent Pedagogical Agents

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    Intelligent Pedagogical Agents (IPAs) are intelligent agents that are designed for pedagogical purposes to support learning. Several benefits of IPAs have been found adding to support learning effectiveness. Pedagogical agents can be thought of as a central point of interaction between the learner and the environment. And hence, the intelligent behavior and functional richness of pedagogical agents have the potential to reward back into learning results and effectiveness. However, the realization of those agents remains to be a challenge based on intelligent agents. Intelligent agents' research contributes interesting behavior to pedagogical agents such as pro-activeness, re-activeness and communication with other agents and more. Designing intelligent agents for pedagogical purposes entails action reasoning that makes agents smart in selecting best courses of action (plans) to reach the pedagogical goals with the learner. Towards the objective of efficient design and implementation of intelligent pedagogical agents, we selected practical agent frameworks for evaluation such as JADE, JACK, 2APL, GOAL, JADEX, Jason, and others. We compare those platforms and explain a learning scenario that involves pedagogical agents aiding a learner to perform a physics experiment in a virtual environment. To that end, the paper exhibits the difficulties, resolutions, and decisions made when designing and implementing an intelligent BDI-based system, the design choices and the selected process are shown. View full abstract»

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  • High Performance Work Systems as an enabling structure for self-organized learning processes

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    High Performance Work Systems (HPWSs) as a new way of organizing work in general and of production work in particular provide an environment, where self-organized learning processes are enabled and fostered. In an extensive research project in two major Austrian manufacturing companies we currently investigate the applicability and the effects of HPWS including issues of learning and knowledge management. In this contribution we present the results of the first phase of this project discussing early empirical findings of an exploratory nature. View full abstract»

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