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Educational Laboratories Platform for Complex Engineering Processes with Remote Access
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project Educational Laboratories Platform for Complex Engineering Processes with Remote Access (EduLabFrame) addresses the development of sense-making skills through e-learning concerning the design, configuration and administration of complex technological settings, with a focus on security issues. European Union crosses a period of changing policies to reduce dependence on imported primary energy. Among other related directives, Directive 2010/31/EU stipulates: "Measures are needed to increase the number of buildings which not only fulfil current minimum energy performance requirements, but are also more energy efficient, thereby reducing both energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. For this purpose Member States should draw up national plans for increasing the number of nearly zero-energy buildings and regularly report such plans to the Commission". At the same time in march 2007, the European Council adopted targets even more ambitious than that of the Kyoto Protocol. These aims were: to reduce emissions of GHG by 20%; to increase energy efficiency to save 20% of EU energy consumption; to reach 20% of renewable energy in the total energy consumption in the EU by 2020. Energy system of any country is definitely not only a priority but also an strategic point. Investments must be oriented both to human resources and to viable infrastructure. Better prepared engineers means effective and innovative solutions in the future. Moreover a better understanding of an engineering processes or physical phenomena are strictly related to teaching tools and combining the right dosage of theory with practical examples of phenomena that are studied. Therefore the project intention is not only to provide a quantitative or qualitative indicators but more than that, namely adaptation to the needs and market requirements and alignment of tertiary education to EU standards. General objective of the project the development of multilingual educational open resource e-learning platform allowing easy understanding of complex processes in engineering. To this purpose, the project had established the following specific objectives: OS1. The development of an advanced platform for real-time, high-performance video streaming and remote access to laboratories (open educational resources) operating cutting-edge technology, together with OS2. Solutions for students' immersion in the remote experimentation environment through badge architectures and collaborative learning. OS3. The development and implementation of four laboratories with remote access which will address to following domains: Laboratory for pollution risk assessment (Risk-Lab) Laboratory for renewable energy sources (RNW-Lab) Laboratory for sustainable technologies in buildings (STB-Lab) Laboratory of refrigeration and district energy (RDE-Lab) and OS4. Development of dedicated training modules/curricula and laboratory scenarios and applications. The educational open resource e-learning platform will allow easy study in partners language (CO-UPB and P1-UL) but also will encourage learning in English language. Our aim is to translate all training/didactic and dissemination material in three languages (RO, SL, EN). Still, the platforms for real-time remote access with video feedback and support for heterogeneous infrastructures are generic, and they will allow further development of other laboratories accessible remotely, in multiple engineering fields. The target group of the project is composed of 250 students enrolled in the University Politehnica of Bucharest and University of Ljubljana with education level ISCED 6 and ISCED 7 according to ISCED 2011. The project target group will also include 10 trainers which will be involved training sessions of students. Of the total 250 students, 150 will come from the University Politehnica of Bucharest (CO-UPB) and 100 from University of Ljubljana (P1-UL). Students who will attend the training session will be selected from faculties which are activating in the field of electrical engineering, energetics and mechanics. The 10 teachers/trainers will come from as follows: * 4 trained trainers in the field of renewable energy sources.(2- CO-UPB trainers and 2-P1-UL trainers) * 2 trained trainers in the field of sustainable technologies in buildings (2-CO-UPB trainers) * 2 trained trainers in the field of refrigeration and district energy (2- CO-UPB trainers) * 2 trained trainers in the field of environmental protection (2-P1-UL trainers) Project structure will be organized in 4 main activities A1. Project Management, A2. Project Implementation, A3. Project Evaluation, A4 Project Dissemination The most important results of the project are: 4 laboratories with remote access, a multilingual educational open resource e-learning platform, 250 trained students, 10 trained trainers. The project result will remain an example of good practice which will allow integration of other courses and laboratories.
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