International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning

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IJCEELL is the journal of continuing engineering education, lifelong learning and professional development for scientists, engineers and technologists. It deals with continuing education and the learning organisation, virtual laboratories, interactive knowledge media, new technologies for delivery of education and training, future developments in continuing engineering education; continuing engineering education and lifelong learning in the field of management, and government policies relating to continuing engineering education and lifelong learning. The objectives of the IJCEELL are to help professionals working in the field, educators, training providers and policy-makers to disseminate information and to learn from each other's work. The journal publishes original papers, case studies, technical reports, conference reports, book reviews, commentaries and news items. Commentaries on papers and reports published in the Journal are encouraged. Authors will have the opportunity to respond to a commentary on their work before the correspondence is published.

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Website International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning website
ISSN 1560-4624
OCLC 235940932
Material type Series, Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: The authors of the article focused their attention on the upper level of Czech elementary schools. According to their opinion the age interval from 12 to 15 is a crucial period for the acquisition of basic knowledge and skills in the field of ICT. The goal of the article is to give information about a pilot study connected with teaching informatics. Firstly, the definition of the ICT profile is stated and its description is formulated. After this theoretical chapter, the authors proceed to a specific situation in a selected elementary school. The results of a questionnaire survey are presented. This part can serve as a usable feedback to improve the teaching process in the key period in the life of the Czech youth. The text of the article can be a good indication for further research connected with teaching of informatics at the elementary school.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):269 - 285.
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    ABSTRACT: Quality management of e-courses is crucial for the successful implementation of e-learning process. The paper presents the possibility of using basic seven quality tools to improve the quality at different levels of implementation of the distance learning/teaching process. These tools are widely used in industry for control, visualisation, evaluation and improvement of production and auxiliary processes. The following tools have been described: the flow chart, the check sheet, Ishikawa's diagram, Pareto-Lorenz's chart, the histogram. The authors indicate the possibility of application of the above mentioned tools by course developers at all stages of development and management of an e-course, which further on should lead to the improvement of the e-learning process quality.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(1):6 - 21.
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    ABSTRACT: Effectively administering homework which is an inseparable portion of undergraduate teaching plays a crucial role in improving the teaching quality. After analysing the importance of homework and the attitude of instructors and students treating homework in detail, two non-cooperative games between an instructor and students in administering homework are established in this paper. Detailed payoff under different strategy combinations of both the instructor and students is analysed, when students are not highly self-motivated and when students are highly self-motivated. We reach the following conclusions: in the former case, instructors should take the initiative to adopt a strict strategy and inform students at the beginning so that both sides can acquire the possible maximum payoff; in the latter case, instructors should take a lenient strategy to some extent so as to lead to the maximum payoff of both sides. This paper provides a guideline to design teaching incentive effectively.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):377 - 387.
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    ABSTRACT: The paper considers the issues of the application of virtualisation technologies to organisation of individualised preconfigured portable educational environment of the student, providing access to the necessary tools and operating environment in accordance with the scenario of exercises and the initial data of an individual variant of the job. Offers an approach to effective management of virtual machines in terms of the computer audiences of educational institutions and describes implementing the proposed approach software, allowing to reduce labour costs for administering the computer park by technical staff of the educational institution.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):343 - 361.
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    ABSTRACT: Numerous benefits and advantages of different forms of CALL, blended learning in particular, offer a considerable boost for academic foreign language teaching with competences treated as essential learning outcomes measured by means of such indicators as the growth of the level of mastery of language skills (in particular listening, reading and writing), which make up the ability to communicate in a foreign language (the Council of Europe's second key competence). Research shows e-learning considerably improves the effectiveness of competence-oriented educational efforts. To this end the author devised an e-learning course English for Law and incorporated it in his English teaching practice at university. The e-course integrated with traditional classes allowed to achieve some promising teaching results especially as they went beyond developing only a foreign language competence. With the holistic approach taken, the results corresponded with the development of other key competences, especially learning to learn.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(1):77 - 95.
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    ABSTRACT: As we analyse the results of various examinations and competence tests in mathematics, we can say that students have insufficient level of certain mathematical competences. In order to solve this problem, a search to find possibilities to improve the process of teaching mathematics by means of information and communication technologies was started. A system for implementation of individual mathematics learning (Mathematics with Moodle) was prepared; it consists in gradual improvement of the level of mathematical competences of the students. A didactic tool was proposed - e-learning course preparing the students for the graduation exam in mathematics which includes an author's MatLearn module, shaping mathematical competences of students. Its aim is to increase the level of competences, especially the ones which have not been mastered yet. Programmed learning principles were used to construct study activities in the course.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):252 - 268.
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    ABSTRACT: The World Wide Web has become a phenomenon. The web is a crucial source of information for almost every person. Peoples with different jobs using the internet to meet their professional needs, and the university students constitute a large segment of those people who use the internet frequently to accomplish their information needs. This research has conducted an investigation to determine how Jordanian university students are using the web, what are the characteristics of queries used when searching the internet, what are the top searched queries, ..., etc. All these goals are achieved after extracting different queries and information from these web log files and analysing them. Results have showed that students are interested in topics related to entertainment and society more than topics related to their studies. Students submit short queries consisting of 1, 2, or 3 terms with little usage of different query operators. Unsurprisingly, they use Google as the preferred search engine and Arabic as the preferred search language.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):388 - 402.
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    ABSTRACT: Social and economic changes in Slovakia after 1989 and after the Velvet Revolution had their impacts on education, on redefining the functions of school, on changing the nature of education, school computerisation and total modernisation, but also on decrease of teachers' social status and on changing the school funding and long-term underfunding of the Slovak educational system. The article deals with lifelong learning of teachers in Slovakia and the use of blended learning as a means of increasing the teachers' qualification credit as employees. The main line of this article is tracking the lifelong learning of the Slovak teachers in the context of neoliberalism and its influence on education with some implications for teachers. Introducing lifelong learning in its current form is a new phenomenon in Slovakia that comes with capitalisation of education and neoliberalism as the main ideological current in the state policy or school policy.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):329 - 342.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the paper is to propose an e-learning system architecture integrating knowledge flows. Our motivation is to provide the user with some intelligent possibilities of the learning environment used. This could be fulfilled using knowledge management at the operational level. Knowledge management should be a fundamental objective of any educational institution, as learning is its core function and should be reflected in how the organisation operates. In the academia environment, knowledge management and e-learning represent a substantial tuple for distance form of education. For e-learning method, heterogeneous and distributed architecture is one of the most prominent features. In a learning environment, different kinds of information resources are shared. Its demands can be fulfilled by means of local intelligence using multi-agent systems. This paper presents a layered multi-agent architecture of e-learning system including basics of its implementation. Learning objects and learning objects repositories are used for facilitating intended learning outcomes, and can be extracted and reused in other learning environments. Agent structure, general framework and workflow were designed in order to simplify information and knowledge flows with the aim to keep system overhead as low as possible.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(1):22 - 34.
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    ABSTRACT: Image plays an increasingly important role in the modern educational process. The development of information and communication technologies has made it possible to easily create, modify and publish the visual and multimedia materials. The internet is becoming a learning environment in which educational content can be presented in a different form consisting of the text, hypertext, digital images, multimedia, hypermedia, etc. In this paper the authors discuss the possibility of using an image as a media content in the educational process in the context of the design space for blended learning. They present the results of research on the level of use of visual materials in academic practice and evaluation of their effectiveness by students. They point to the role of visual skills and visual knowledge as components of cultural capital of modern man, also pay attention to the learning potential inherent in the image as an independent unit of knowledge.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):314 - 328.
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    ABSTRACT: The article focuses on factors influencing motivation to learn English. On the basis of a questionnaire results the author describes motivating factors and specifies whether and to what extent blended learning influences the assessment of importance of these factors to learn the language.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(1):107 - 118.
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, we investigate the possibility of detecting the student emotions by analysing their self-written essays. Detecting student emotions in e-learning environments would make it possible to enhance the learning processes accordingly. With that purpose, we have analysed 38 essays written by a student during her first three semesters in college. The results obtained support the idea that inferring user motivation from the emotions detected in texts is feasible. E-learning systems can use motivation information to propose activities aiming at increasing student engagement dynamically. In this direction, we present an example of use in an existing context-based adaptive e-learning system. Incorporating emotions to e-learning systems broadens their possibilities, allowing dynamic recommendation of activities and content adaptation according to student emotions. Finally, it makes it possible to detect potential problems within e-courses dynamically.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(2):168 - 183.
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    ABSTRACT: For almost 20 years Polish universities have been introducing more and more classes based on educational platforms. Such classes are conducted in different forms, as full distance (e-learning), joining traditional meeting with online learning (blended learning) or as supporting traditional process, by for example placing exercises on the platform, tests that allow self-evaluation. The richness of materials available within the WWW network encourages teachers to create a flow of educational process on the base of different multimedia and reaching for methods and forms of classes not previously used. Especially interesting is in such a situation the use of blended learning which is considered the most effective form of distance learning mainly due to the fact that it allows: keeping direct interpersonal relationships during classes, individualisation of the learning process and due to taking into account learners' different sensory perceptions. This article presents some research results conducted among students learning English in a blended learning form. The authors will try to give answer to the question whether while classes conducted in this form sensory perceptions and the used method influence getting knowledge and its permanence.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):302 - 313.
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    ABSTRACT: A society that wishes to understand and overcome the present environmental crisis ought to change its perception of the environment and relationships with nature. E-learning has proved to be a strong and effective tool in modelling environmental consciousness and preparing today's society to live in a sustainable world. A successful example of the e-learning course entitled 'Philosophical and ethical aspects of environmental protection' developed at the University of Silesia is discussed in this article. Ten fundamental rules, implemented in the course, necessary to build environmentally thinking people are discussed. The concept of the distance learning course 'Information technology in teaching of ecology and environmental protection' is also presented. Teaching and learning, provided through a comprehensive, systematic use of ICT and e-learning can increase the quality of education in the field of ecology. These courses help to prepare students to become specialists, able to react and find solutions to arising environmental conflicts.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(1):62 - 76.
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    ABSTRACT: Teaching with the blended learning method has many supporters in the academic circles, as it emphasises the key role of the teacher (mentor) in the learning process, and fits well with the idea of the life-long learning. The volatility of materials and the continuous evolution of tools and distance teaching and learning portals must involve a continuous improvement of ICT competences among people involved in teaching with this method. This article discusses selected aspects of preparing and teaching classes and evaluating students' knowledge in teaching with the use of the blended learning method, with a special consideration of ICT competences necessary in this respect. Moreover, the authors present certain issues which are frequently less known to academic teachers but would significantly facilitate and streamline their work, such as: virtual seminars, leading project groups, distributing information via a portal, organisational consultation tools, etc.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):286 - 301.
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    ABSTRACT: Getting citizens prepared to emergencies, and especially children, is an essential issue which requires special attention in the educational process. Many evidences show that misconceptions about natural disaster and incorrect beliefs are often the basis for misguided actions that can lead to inefficient behaviours in case of dangerous events. Then school has a major role in the development of 'disaster-aware' citizens, since it is asked to design appropriate resources and select suitable methods able to guarantee retention and progression of the learning process. Teaching emergency preparedness involves studying several complex topics and more than some studies have shown that storytelling can be an effective method for teaching subjects that are intricate in nature. The educational technology considers research on construction of digital storytelling as an educational challenge. Digital narratives even gain noticeable importance when users' emotions are taken into account. Basing on these considerations, we propose in this work an adaptive, dynamic and narrative-based digital artefact in which emotions are used to rebalance the learners' status. We experimented this learning resource to teach earthquake preparedness in Italian secondary schools.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(2):184 - 211.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper proposes an algorithm to lessen the impacts of variety of distortions occurred in aerial images. The proposed algorithm detects the noisy pixels in a given image using fuzzy logic based technique in an iterative manner, then the noisy image is corrected based on the cellular structure modeling to filter out the noise. Our solution for noise reduction overcomes the difficulties of cellular automaton (CA) model in noise estimation and finds the accurate noisy mask by providing a fuzzy technique. Simulation results of the proposed algorithm show the accuracy and effectiveness of this algorithm for image with high percentage of pepper and salt noise.
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    ABSTRACT: If on the one hand the individualised teaching approaches try to find the best sequence of learning resources capable of satisfying individual goals, preferences and contexts, the intuitive guided learning approaches, on the other hand, envisages a non-linear learning experience where each learner can chose a personal path across the material according to his/her interests and preferences. In this paper we present a model, a methodology and a software prototype that is able to combine the advantages of both approaches by introducing the concept of 'compound learning resource': complex didactic artefacts where content is organised in pages and navigation among pages is user-driven. The pages are linked through semantic connections that have a two-fold function: they guide the learners' navigation, and allow the dynamic adaptation of the resource according to learners' needs and preferences (individualisation). Experimental results with real users in a university context are also presented as well as a comparison with similar systems.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(2):122 - 140.
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    ABSTRACT: Technology qualification processes enable the user to confirm the function of the newly introduced technology as intended for particular operational limits within a specified confidence interval. Technology qualification procedures describe the technology readiness level and then outline how to plan the processes leading towards the resulting technology qualification through tests or analytical programmes. The analysis and testing represent the major costs of a qualification process and are also time-consuming compared with other steps in a process. Further, if a wrong selection is made for the analysis and testing method, then the result can be wastage of resources leading to outcome with no value. Hence, it is necessary to identify the methodology for making a selection of the most appropriate method considering various constraints. This manuscript provides a suggestion of how a multi-criteria decision making tool [analytical hierarchy processes (AHP)] can be utilised to improve the efficiency of a process.
    International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 01/2014; 24(3/4):362 - 376.