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Towards an organisational model of ‘interface’ university structure as a means of serving Lifelong
The paper conceptualises on the experiences of the Centre of Information Society Technologies (CIST), Sofia University, Bulgaria, in serving the learning and training needs of non-university audiences who fall in situations that can be described as lifelong learning-determined. In developing this conceptualisation we use the research findings and policy agendas in two distinct areas – Lifelong Learning, and Higher Education Systems. More specifically we explore the organisational and management
Author(s): Mihnev Pencho,Nikolov Roumen

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A Model for Strengthening the Software Engineering Research Capacity
Like all other New Member States (NMS) Bulgaria is experiencing a dramatic change in all areas of its society. These changes reflect very seriously on the research capacity of the country and, in particular to Sofia University (SU). The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI) has experienced some serious problems closely related to the general socio-economic and the research environment in Bulgaria. This paper describes a model for strengthening the research capacity of FMI, especially the
Author(s): Nikolov Roumen,Ilieva Sylvia

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DISTANCE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS: REALITIES AND PERSPECTIVES
This chapter discusses the role of ICT as a catalyst of a new global educational reform in schools aimed to break the monopoly of the print and paper based educational system. Some basic definitions are given although it is emphasized that the area is very dynamic and the definitions are still evolving. The main conclusion related to the ongoing educational reform is that it is based on designing and using different virtual learning environments which do not put clear boundary between physical a
Author(s): Nikolov Roumen,Nikolova Iliana

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Building skills for the knowledge society
The present paper takes into account the skills sets needed for the knowledge society, and the focus on ICT and e-business skills, innovation and knowledge management in organizations. It highlights the related challenges for learning providers, and in particular for regularly updating the higher education curricula and programs according to the labor market needs. The paper outlines two practical examples for provision of up-to-date training. The first one is related to designing knowledge mana
Author(s): Gourova Elissaveta,Antonova Albena,Nikolov Roumen

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Classify students' conceptions about the mutation's site to anticipate their knowings' mobilization
In high school, students have difficulties to understand and to learn genetics in general and DNA structure and mutations in particular. These difficulties are partly due to the different biological levels. Several studies showed that students have difficulties to differentiate these levels and that they are not able to order them in the right biological hierarchy. We studied students' conceptions on a specific question to get knowledge on their misunderstanding of these levels. To do that we as
Author(s): Chapel Gwendaël,Marzin Patricia,Ney Muriel

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Transferring Kaleidoscope members' activities research into economic outcomes
The importance of research undertaken within academic and research organisations is widely recognized by governments, industries and diverse stakeholders. Indeed, the contribution of higher education in the generation of new ideas and knowledge, and as an economic driver, has probably never been as important. Nevertheless, universities face a rapidly changing environment shaped by pressure on funding, an emphasis on quality assurance and the increasing impact of globalisation, marketisation and
Author(s): Scodigor Eugène,Balacheff Nicolas,Boulé Jean-Mar

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Learning aware environment: a Laboratorium of epidemiological studies
One challenge of the Laboratorium is to have the capacity to recognize and capture relevant events from observing the human activity, the ability to understand the learning needs and then to provide the adequate feedback in whatever form. Another challenge is the mapping of inaccessible phenomena into the sensible and temporal space of the classroom. Our design combines gaming situations and ambient technologies in the context of learning bio-statistics. This paper presents a method and a formal
Author(s): Ney Muriel,Balacheff Nicolas

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Gap Analysis Report
The aim of this document is to: a) provide a description of the Gap Analysis framework and the methodology we have used in PROLEARN roadmap (section 1: Methods) and b) present the Gap analysis results (section 2: Implementations).,Research report of the ProLearn Network of Excellence (IST 507310), Deliverable 12.12
Author(s): Kamtsiou Vana,Naeve Ambjörn,Kravcik Milos,Burgos

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Exploring Teachers’ Beliefs through Collaborative Journaling: A Qualitative Case Study of Japanese
This qualitative case study was implemented to describe, interpret, and document preservice EFL teachers’ learning processes through collaborative journaling and gained awareness for all participants (including myself as a participant-observer). Four preservice EFL teachers in Japan (two males and two females) participated in the study. At the time of the investigation, they were all undergraduate students studying in an EFL teacher education program at a Japanese university. To investigate th
Author(s): Nagamine, Toshinobu

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Interfacing adaptive solutions with corporate training systems
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Author(s): Cristea Alexandra,De Bra Paul,Burgos Daniel,Ceri S

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Specification and Prototyping of Personalized Workplace Learning Solutions
The main goal of this document is to survey the existing approaches for the personalization and adaptation of eLearning systems which are proposed by partners from the PROLEARN consortium.,Research report of the ProLearn Network of Excellence (IST 507310), Deliverable 1.8
Author(s): Dolog Peter,De Bra Paul,Burgos Daniel,Cristea Alex

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Integration of adaptive learning processes with IMS Learning Design considering corporate requiremen
D1.11 deals with standards and integration, especially with four topics: IMS Learning Design, Adaptation, Integration and Corporate Requirements. It attempts to emphasize the needed relationship among them in order to improve the personalized learning. Based on academic research, our findings take also into account the specific features of corporations. D1.11 is closely related to D1.10, where several taxonomies of learning processes and learning categories are presented, which are used in D1.11
Author(s): Burgos Daniel,Naeve Ambjörn,Kravcik Milos,Cristea

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Mathematical Reasoning in a Technological Environment
Dynamic geometry software has been accused of contributing to an empirical approach to school geometry. However, used appropriately it can provide students with a visually rich environment for conjecturing and proving. Year 8 students who were novices with regard to geometric proof were able to exploit the features of Cabri Geometry II to assist them in formulating and proving in the context of Cabri simulations of mechanical linkages.
Author(s): Vincent Jill

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Turtle's Navigation and Manipulation of Geometrical Figures Constructed by Variable Processes in a 3
Issues related to 3d turtle's navigation and geometrical figures' manipulation in the simulated 3d space of a newly developed computational environment, MaLT, are reported and discussed here. The joint use of meaningful formalism and the dynamic manipulation of graphically represented 3d figures seem to offer new resources and to pose new challenges as far as geometrical activities and construction of meanings are concerned, which are strongly related to the representational infrastructure of Ma
Author(s): Kynigos Chronis,Latsi Maria

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Mathematical Logic and Deduction in Computer Science Education
Mathematical logic is a discipline used in sciences and humanities with different point of view. Although in tertiary level computer science education it has a solid place, it does not hold also for secondary level education. We present a heterogeneous study both theoretical based and empirically based which points out the key role of logic in computer science, computer science education and knowledge representation. We focus on the key contrast of semantics and syntax, the resolution principle
Author(s): Habiballa Hashim,Kmet' Tibor

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Embedding enterprise in the curriculum
This presentation discusses the pioneering approach to the embedding of enterprise in the curriculum through people and pedagogy
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The distributed developmental network - d2n: a social configuration to support design pattern genera
DiSessa et al. (2004) conducted a comparative study of how research teams design, develop and evaluate TEL software, in the context of component-based educational programming. They identified the issue of the social configuration of the production team as “a critical family of issues that are easily marginalized” (p.117). These social configurations are loosely equivalent to what Activity Theorists refer to as the rules and division of labour (Engeström, 1987) in the activity system of TEL pr
Author(s): Winters Niall,Mor Yishay,Pratt Dave

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Adding new Representations of Mathematical Objects to Aplusix
In the framework of the ReMath European project, we initiated two new representations for algebraic expressions in Aplusix: a Tree & Natural representation mixing tree representations and natural representations of algebraic expressions, and a graphical representations to show curves and sets of solutions. Our work has been driven by two approaches: (1) a traditional approach focusing on the definition of new objects with their functionalities, beginning with a specification phase and continuing
Author(s): Bouhineau Denis,Chaachoua Hamid,Nicaud Jean-Franç

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Description et exploitations des traces du logiciel d’algèbre Aplusix
Cet article porte sur l’emploi de traces dans un contexte éducatif et sur leur utilisation dans un EIAH. La première partie présente le logiciel Aplusix, un micromonde pour l'apprentissage de l'algèbre qui permet l’enregistrement de productions d’élèves, comme celles obtenues dans l'environnement classique papier, mais comportant de plus d'autres informations, comme le temps, les hésitations, les corrections. Ce recueil produit une trace brute qui représente une modélisation comporte
Author(s): Chaachoua Hamid,Croset Marie-Caroline,Bouhineau De

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DSTM: a Framework to Operationalize and Refine a Problem-Solving Method modeled in terms of Tasks an
In this paper we present DSTM, a framework that enables the operationalization and the refinement of problem-solving methods modelled within the Task–Method paradigm. DSTM proposes an operational kernel, i.e. operational but flexible high-level constructions: modelling primitives, such as task or method, and manipulation mechanisms, such as select a method. These constructions can be customized in order to better capture the paper-based model to be operationalized. This permits the construction
Author(s): Trichet Francky,Tchounikine Pierre

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