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Mobile Active Participative Learning Environments for the 21st Century Classroom: The MAPLE Project.
Key Words: Mobile learning, ubiquity, learner behaviour captures, modelling research and teaching associations.
Michel Eboueya, University of Rochelle, France &  Deidre Lillis, Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland  
The objective of MAPLE is to design and evaluate a pedagogical framework for a mobile, active and participative learning environment. A MAPLE classroom enhances the traditional face-to-face delivery mode in that all learners can provide immediate feedback to the teacher through a ubiquitous mobile device which is summarised in real-time on the teacher workstation. MAPLE can be used for immediate feedback, real-time assessment, collaborative problem-solving, building learning communities, participative simulations and peer-directed learning and in the training of teachers.
A MAPLE classroom is applicable in most educational contexts but the target group for this project is learners in higher education. A taxonomy of learner cohorts is being developed to permit holistic comparisons of the effectiveness of MAPLE which will include: minority groups (gender imbalance, races/cultures, disadvantaged, special needs); undergraduate and postgraduate levels; disciplines (education, computing, business, engineering etc) and maturity (adults, school leavers).
The main project activities are the development of the pedagogical framework and technical infrastructure, implementation and use of MAPLE with the taxonomy of learner cohorts and a comprehensive evaluation of its effectiveness. The expected outputs are a pedagogical framework, technical infrastructure then integrating research results in teaching.
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Practical experiences with different cooperation schemes: university – industry
(University - Industry Teaching & Research Synergy - Case Study) 
Alexander Söder, Dept. Informatik/Mathematik, University of Applied Sciences of Regensburg, Germany
The German (Bavarian) model of „University of Applied Science“ offers several ways of cooperation schemes with industry. Practical experiences with different schemes of cooperation will be shown: 
1) Former students are employed by a company, but still work at university supervised by a professor on a common project
2) Former students and foreign students are employed at university (job as assistant), work in a project for a company. Their salary is paid by the company.
3) A professor and (former) students found a company (GmbH) which has close connections to university.
After discussing the preconditions at the university level this paper describes in four case studies 
Main focus is on scheme 3 (university spin off). Because LOG-IT - which has been founded 1994 - is still acting successfully on the IT-market, serving important customers in central logistic applications and LOG-IT still has a close connection to University of Applied Sciences of Regensburg.

A. Preconditions (Infrastructure) at the University Level
    1) Students
        – Must & Optional
    2) Professor
        – Must & Optional
B. The Cases
     1) Employees of a company work at university
         – Case, Motivation, Pro and Cons & Results 
     2) Employees of university work for an industrial project (salary by industry)
         – Case, Motivation, Pro and Cons & Results
     3) LOG-IT company – a university spin off
         – Case, Motivation, Pro and Cons & Results
C. Summary and Conclusions
Progress and Trends in the University - Industry Co-operation for foreign Students - case study
Aurel Fratu, University of Transylvania, Brasov, Romania

The paper deals with the role played by the Automatics Department of “Transylvania” University of Brasov, Romania, in increasing the quality of the work with foreign students, and to strengthen the co-operation with the industry, as well in the country as abroad. This paper analyses the benefits and difficulties encountered in forming multidisciplinary teams, the role that industry played, the feedback that the companies gave on the final solutions suggested by the students, the factors that motivated or demotivated students about the project, the effect of the project on attitudes to the other disciplines and the plans for future improvements. This paper identifies what the critical inputs were, what the enduring obstacles are and what the present success and future promises are.

Research collaboration between universities
Lorna Uden, Kimmo Salmenjoki, Marjan Hericko & Gurumusamy Arumugam, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology, Staffordshire University, Beaconside, Stafford, England, UK. / Department of Computer Science, University of Vaasa / Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia / Department of Computer Science, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India
Effective research is a very intensive process. It requires expertise and resources that are seldom possessed by an individual university. In order to pool experts and resources to maximize effectiveness in research, collaboration is needed. However, it is seldom possible for universities to be situated close to each other. Most universities are dispersed geographically. We have found that our research has been converged and we share similar interests in knowledge management. As each of us has different expertise that is all essential for the effective implementation of knowledge management systems, the best option is to collaborate. The Knowledge Management Organization (KMO) group was formed (Uden et al 2005). This paper describes the formation of our group and the ongoing development of the distributed knowledge management system using semantic web technology is used to support the collaboration. 

The paper begins with the reasons why this group is needed followed by a brief review of knowledge management system. Distributed knowledge management system is then briefly reviewed. It is then followed by the functions and work of the various partners within KMO. The paper concludes with how using distributed knowledge management system can facilitate research collaboration between universities through the use of technologies. 

Lorna Uden, Kimmo Salmenjoki, Marjan Hericko, G. Arumugam: Collaborative Research between Universities, Information Society 2005 multiconference, Collaboration and Information Society (CIS) conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, ISBN 961-6303-71-6, p. 109-112, 2005
Study discipline: “Master’s in Industrial Engineering”, a specialisation under the Master’s Degree programme in “Economics and Management”, and developed and realized with the cooperation of industrial enterprises and professional project organisations.
Roman Bobák & Bedřich Zimola, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic

This contribution presents the specialisation in “Industrial Engineering” taught at Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic, at the Faculty of Management and Economics within the framework of the Master’s Degree “Economics & Management” study programme, which was created in collaboration with regional industrial enterprises and professional project organizations covering the whole of the Czech and Slovak Republics, and which are involved in the implementation of elements of industrial engineering in companies. Tuition is realised through the joint endeavours of employees of industrial manufacturing enterprises involved in the process, as well as professionals from professional organisations and the faculty’s academic staff and students of the PhD (Doctoral) study programmes. Development of the study specialisation is provided for within the framework of long-term research programmes and projects and PhD student projects.

System E-ducation
Alena Ilavska, Jozef Babiak, Peter Petrus & Marian Vollmann, TU Zvolen, Slovak Republic

Teachers at the Universities are slowly accepting the fact that they have to became more professional in their approach to teaching, matching their professionalism in research.
We cannot deny that the technological media have the potential to improve student’s learning, or at least teaching efficiency, understanding of what can be done with the new media, and how to do it.
With a research we would like to change present situation that the students in our lecture could not choose concentrate hard, they could not choose to understand.
It is the teachers responsibility to create the conditions in which understanding is possible, and the students responsibility is to take advantage of that.
I tis not good state that the students have a little control over their access to knowledge.

Present developments can be characterised by fast changes towards the information society. This trend of course cannot exclude education itself. The use of information technology in education got its characteristic name e-learning - electronic education. Our company is one of the first at the Slovak e-learning market. We can bring Slovak solutions for electronic education to your institution, and this makes us different from other companies at the market.

E-learning project E-ducation was created on the bases of experience in distance education around the globe as well as in Slovakia. Our solution employs the most effective distance learning attributes that were ever used in Slovak conditions, and are enriched with new interactive attributes. Our overall aim is to apply the system into real environment, so that the organisation can gain new advantages and can offer its education activities with a new and attractive dimension. Our educational system is the result of the close cooperation University teachers and our own researchers.

Company EMPIRE SYSTEMS, s.r.o. was established on the bases of long-time experiences in providing of distance education and creating of the Internet applications. Our main role is to offer e-learning solutions to organisations interested in up-dating of their education processes and those which want to save costs. E-learning - electronic education is a new way how to offer the end user education of full value based on interactive study materials. The process of introduction of e-learning into an institution requires a thorough analysis, processing of the collected data, choice and application of the optimal solution.

Our overall mission is satisfaction of our customers, which we are trying to reach via minimizing of the costs for education activities and efficiency of the educational process itself. 

What is e-ducation?
LMS (Learning Management System) e-ducation is an Internet system, which allows us to create and administer e-learning courses. System e-ducation was created on the bases of knowledge and experiences of experts in distance education and the Internet.

Who is the system designed for?
The system is suitable for teaching of subjects at secondary schools and universities, it can be used as a system for education of both internal and external company's employees, or as a support in educational institutions.

How does it work?
It represents study materials in so called virtual space, that are available both to students and teachers via the Internet. The system consists of two big parts - Student and Tutor plus administrative part.

Advantages of the system:
- a possibility to study wherever there is the Internet connection available
- a possibility to study at any time
- the system follows the effective elements of distant education
- a well-arranged and simple service from the point of view of a teacher and students
- system service only via the Internet browser
- a possibility to create the content in any format (Word, pdf, swf. etc.)
- evaluation with the support of electronic tests

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