AEL - representative case study at the prestigious e-Challenges Pan European Conference | SIVECO Romania

AEL - representative case study at the prestigious e-Challenges Pan European Conference

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Bucharest, 15th of April 2003 -Dedicated to e-business, e-government and e-work fields, e-2003 e-Challenges, which is going to take place this year, in October, at Bologna, reunites yearly over 500 delegates of the most prestigious research, government and commercial organizations in Europe and all over the world. The 13th  edition of the event, which takes place under the high patronage of the European Commission within the IST program, is seen as an important reference in the calendar of international events for the Information Technology field.

AEL selection as a success story in the context of European e-Learning actually acknowledges the platform developers? merits (SIVECO Romania), as well as its customers? efforts (Ministry of Education and Research, teachers and students in Romania).  

"AEL e-Learning platform developed by SIVECO Romania is already functional in schools and high schools all over the country - and by the end of the year students from 1220 school units will take advantage of this new, modern, teaching and learning tool", declares Florin ILIA, Internet Space Department Manager at SIVECO Romania. 

"Schools from all 41 Romanian counties have been provided, within SEI (Computerized Education System) program developed by the Ministry of Education and Research in association with SIVECO Romania, with computerized labs made up of 26 computers (signed HP, IBM and Fujitsu-Siemens and having AEL platform installed), printers, scanners, and communication equipments."

This year Selection International Committee was overwhelmed by the great registrations number - the papers quality and interest level made the selection difficult for the committee members. 

At the e-Learning section, there have been selected, besides AEL, papers from: 

  • Great Britain (University of Warwick - e-Learning Critical Success Factors; Cass Business School, London - Executive Learning: the evolution of effective e-learning architectures; pjb Associates: t-learning Study - increasing learning opportunities in the home through Interactive Digital TV),
  • Spain (Digital Inclusion: Best practices from E-learning; Universidad Europea - Meeting e-challenges in e-learning: The ALLES Project - Advanced Long-distance Language Education System),
  • Italy (Metrics - Cultural sensitive e-Learning; Fondazione IARD - ORPHEUS - On-Line AlinaRI Photographic (Heritage) Archive for European Educational System),
  • Czech Republic (Czech Railways - Change in Approach to Education on Czech Railways),
  • Greece (Institute of Communication and Computer Systems - Virtual Reality Technology - a future training tool; PC SYSTEMS - Dialogic and argumentative negotiation educational software),
  • Germany (University of Hamburg - Demands for flexibility in authoring and e-learning platforms under the aspect of integrating simulation models; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Institute for Media and Economics - Entertainment films as format for the education process in the age of analogue and digital television),
  • Venezuela (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation - The E-XQUISITE CORPSE: bridging distance and cultural gaps through web-based collaboration).

About e-2003 eChallenges

e-2003 is a prestigious forum which is meant to promote the results and applications financed both by Community, regional and national funds, to contribute to the acceleration of advanced scientific results transfer directly to the application field.  

Te event provides an excellent environment for creating connections, for discussing new ideas and solving different problems, for sharing expertise and experience and for getting feed-back from potential partners and users. Thus the Return On Investment (ROI) coefficient improves, by a better exploitation of the scientific results and co-ordination of the research activity in Europe.  

The conference program combines, in a complex way, study cases, demonstrations, technical presentations.

About Educational Assistant for Schools and High-Schools

AEL (Educational Assistant for Schools and High-schools) is an integrated system assisting pupils, teachers and all the participants at the learning process developed by SIVECO Romania and constitutes the axis of the software applications in the information program of the Romanian schools.

Started in 2001, the program promotes in Romania educational methods aligned to the European standards.

The AEL system is built up based on modern educational methods, which conform to the three stages generally defining the educational process: obtaining basic knowledge, developing the tactical and strategic thinking.

The didactical support offered for teaching includes tutorials, exercises, simulations, problem solving and educative games. The system has an electronic information center based on electronic manuals exceeding the usual text presentation. It contains as well other materials, in different presentation forms, including a variety of multimedia content (video demonstrations, step-by-step presentations, animations). The knowledge base offers search mechanisms by key words, templates, areas of interest.

The system aims to integrate both basic applications (such as programs for typing learning) and office tools, complex simulation devices in different fields and others.

The system also offers facilities for student appraisal:

  • Electronic tests, with assistance for grading;
  • Support for drawing up tests, for choosing, at random, a set of questions out of several possibilities;
  • Electronic catalogue;
  • Chronological data about each student;
  • Participation in competitions, evaluations, simulations, tests at local, regional and national level.

The assistance for management and monitoring includes:

  • School archives and manuals management, automated electronic distribution and update;
  • School organizational structure management: teachers, students, classes, catalogues etc; 
  • Support for schedule definition and management;
  • Statistical data collection from all over the country;
  • Access to the available data at national level;
  • Manual appraisal system definition at national level; 
  • Information centralization;
  • Performance and the activity monitoring at school and even teacher level, in order to get
  • coherent information, based on the data in the system, both for long and medium term managerial decisions and for establishing long-term policy and strategy. It allows different views over data: different perspectives, different aggregation levels.