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Bellotti F.,University of Genoa | Berta R.,University of Genoa | De Gloria A.,University of Genoa | Ott M.,CNR Institute for Educational Technology | And 2 more authors.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2016

While a lot of papers have argued for the educational potential of serious games, the field is still young and methods and tools are needed in order to support effective and efficient design. The SG Studies Database is an instrument devised to allow sharing structured information about SGs. This information can be used by scholars and practitioners also to perform comparative analysis and identify components and modules that could be used in different games. The SG Studies database, which is freely available online on the site of the Serious Games Society, relies on a SG description model, that has been defined in order to allow a structured description of SGs, considering the perspectives of different stakeholders and contexts of use, and spurring the identification of SG components and their relationship with pedagogical theories and expected outcomes. The SG Studies database has already been used as a tool to support identification of reusable patterns and components in SGs, in order to identify best practices and favor module re-use. Other meta studies are possible in the future on the database by any parties. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

Gherman L.,Carol I National Defense University | Pearsica M.,Air Force Academy Henri Coanda | Strimbu C.,Air Force Academy Henri Coanda | Constantinescu C.-G.,Air Force Academy Henri Coanda
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science | Year: 2011

This paper describes a device capable of throwing aluminum rings in a range of a few meters. The device is a modification of the jumping-ring design invented by the American engineer and inventor E. Thomson to demonstrate his pioneering research in alternating current. We improved the magnetic circuit of this device and created a new induction coilgun based on E-shaped design. We experimented with this new design under laboratory conditions and simulated its behavior using an interactive software package. Finally, we concluded that this device is able to achieve a higher speed than the Thomson design with lesser power consumption. © 2010 IEEE.

Popescu M.M.,Carol I National Defense University | Buluc R.,Carol I National Defense University | Craciun L.,Carol I National Defense University
Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL | Year: 2014

Success in the 21st C depends on individuals' ability to conduct research, find, organize, summarize data and communicate all their findings, relate and interconnect, as 21st C itself is about breaking the boundaries and being ubiquitous, technologically literate, cognitively flexible and open, robust users of e-information and e-knowledge, techsavvy, well-equipped individuals who share, exchange and build knowledge constructs within tech-rich environments. In this given context, educators have a make-or-break opportunity and an obligation at the same time, to charter a new path for education and secure economic competitiveness. e-learning is the medium for all this, since e-learning offers ubiquity, personalization and trans-disciplinary, multiculturalism and sociability, as McLuhan's medium is the message. Medium, this time called e-learning, is the bridge which enhances learning attitudes and behaviors beyond mere cognitive exposure and achieves all this by means of communication. Moreover, a significant part of our daily communication is, in fact, planned communication, especially when it is deliberately used to achieve more general or specific objectives which cover everything from purpose-oriented conversations to a wide range of educational or informational processes. Hence, planned educational communication - as a topic of interest- exhibits its strongest, most discernible side in the volume of information transmitted, its softer side in relation to the attitudes it fosters and, possibly, its least visible but most pervasive side in the ways it influences and shapes behavior. This paper offers a view on the communication process unfolding within and beyond the e-learning environment, with challenges that, if left unaddressed, will curtail our competitiveness and diminish our standing in the world. While there have been inordinate studies of e-learning tools, software products, types of learning and learners, more or less portable devices for individual or collective use, little - if anything - has been said regarding the types of communication which trigger alterations in one's attitudes, skills or behaviors and regarding the way e-learning can incorporate them. That is why the present paper touches upon types of communication that can be used inside the e-learning event, using both synchronous and asynchronous means, upon the parties involved and how they induce changes. We pay particular attention to the effects such communication processes can stir inside personal learning sequences as well as inside socially constructed contexts of learners. Who is to thrive in an e-learning type of training? Is it the instructor or the student? Is the community sufficiently tightly knit in the e-learning process as to change attitudes and behavior along with knowledge input all by means of effective communication? If so, which are the communication patterns to be followed and which pedagogies are appropriate for this? All these are questions to be answered in the present paper. © The Authors, 2014.

Earp J.,CNR Institute of Neuroscience | Ott M.,CNR Institute of Neuroscience | Popescu M.,Carol I National Defense University | Romero M.,ESADE Business School | Usart M.,ESADE Business School
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2014

Serious Games (SGs) are increasingly being used in formal educational settings and it is almost universally acknowledged that they have strong potential for bringing innovation to education and for enhancing learning, this way also contributing to the development of Human Capital. This paper proposes some reflections on the usefulness and effectiveness of SGs when used in formal learning contexts. The considerations are derived from a set of SG-based educational experiences carried out in three European countries: Italy, Spain and Romania. The paper briefly summarizes the key aspects of the three research experiences and, by referring to the main lessons learnt, it also draws some general conclusions as to the potential of SGs to support the development of Human Capital both from the cognitive and from the affective/behavioural standpoint. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Popescu M.-M.,Carol I National Defense University | Buluc R.,Carol I National Defense University | Costea L.-M.,Carol I National Defense University | Tomescu S.,Carol I National Defense University
Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL | Year: 2013

We currently live in a competitive security environment, and this is one strong reason why we must prevail in the competitive learning environment as well. Those involved in military learning, be they educators or students, must build a "learning model by leveraging technology without sacrificing standards", so that we can provide credible, rigorous, and relevant training for the ever-developing forces - both soldiers and leaders. Therefore, establishing a continuum of learning for those who are both digital immigrants and digital natives in the same class is a challenging task for educators who must adopt technology-enhanced-learning (TEL) as their second nature in order to meet the requirements adult learners have, especially in foreign language courses. Having to come to grips with issues like time factor, deployment, interoperability and scarce funding, teaching English for the military means not only terminology, language proficiency and realistic knowledge transfer but also flexibility, student-centeredness and ubiquitous learning environments. In this respect, the present paper looks at a case study unfolded in Carol I National Defense University in Bucharest, Romania, with a view to answering the following general question: How does TEL, and eLearning per se, answer the military students' training needs when it comes to foreign language acquisition, so that knowledge transfer is performed at such a rate and in such a manner that immediate applicability guides the learning process? To this end, the following goals were set: (1) Analysing if TEL meets the requirements of andragogy in the military environment; (2) Researching to what extent knowledge transfer and skill aquisition have been performed by the subjects in the case study; (3) Investigating by what means e-assessment can be performed in this ESP military environment, what limitations it exhibits, and if and how they can be overcome. The study was performed on a segment of 75 students aged 25 to 50, attending intensive or nonintensive courses. A number of four educators were involved, aged between 30 and 45. The findings of all these questions will form the basis of the present paper, and enforce the idea that, in the current military context, only TEL can meet the needs and demands of students for whom technology is a part of their daily lives. The conclusions could be of use for any educators involved in teaching various subjects to specialized adult students where ubiquitous learning is centerstage.

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INVESTETE N OAMENI! Proiect cofinanat din Fondul Social European prin Programul Operaional Sectorial pentru Dezvoltarea Resurselor Umane 2007-2013 Axa prioritar 2: Corelarea invrii pe tot parcursul vieii cu piaa muncii Domeniul major de intervenie 2.1: Tranziia de la coala la viaa activ Titlul proiectului: Profesie: coal, Consiliere, Orientare, Practic ProSCOP ID proiect: POSDRU/189/2 ...

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