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VIRTUAL PRACTICAL TRAINING IN ENGINEERING FIELDS
Paper presented at EDEN International Conference, 10-13 June 2014, Zagreb, Croatia,
http://www.eden-online.org/2014_zagreb.html

The paper presents the evaluation of the project Simulated enterprise for work techniques in technology companies has been done both from the point of view of students and of the companies.

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  • 1. VIRTUAL PRACTICAL TRAINING IN ENGINEERING FIELDS Proiect cofinanţat din Fondul Social European prin Programul Operaţional Dezvoltarea Resurselor Umane 2007-2013, Investeşte în Oameni! Dr.ing. Diana Andone Prof.dr.ing. Radu Vasiu S.l.dr.ing. Mihai Onita Politehnica University of Timisoara
  • 2. Politehnica University of Timisoara •  132 co-operation agreements with regional and national industry •  Silicon Valley of CEE 2  
  • 3. Practical placement 3 weeks / each year of study during the summer in companies in the subject area 3   Little time for actual work No real benefit in the first 2 years Top students get full benefits
  • 4. Virtual mobility or virtual placement virtual components facilitated through an ICT supported learning environment, where the three key stakeholders (students, universities and enterprises) interact with one another independent of time and space 4  
  • 5. Projects 5  
  • 6. IS project Simulated enterprise for technical work in technology companies European Social Fund project implemented by the Ministry of Education Politehnica University of Bucharest, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Constantin Brancusi University of Targu-Jiu, conducted between 2011 and 2013 6  
  • 7. Involvement 2 areas: Computer Science and Information Technologies Electronics and Telecommunications 7 elearning.upt.ro
  • 8. Environment IS  online  environment   (KMS,  communica3on,  project   themes,  common  work  area,   evalua3on)     Student   University   tutor  company   8   7   months   1  face-­‐to-­‐ face/ month   Online   communica3on     Group   work   evalua3on   Prac3cal   placement   2  weeks   2  ECTS   90  hours  
  • 9. Timeline Groups of 25 students – December 2012– July 2013 Companies and themes presentation – January 2013 Online choice of the projects subjects by students – February 2013 Virtual practical training - Online project work February – June 2013 Evaluation - July 2013 Practical placement in companies – July 2013 9
  • 10. Students 10/11   221 students in second year of studies 1000 students from all universities
  • 11. Companies OCE-­‐CANON  Timisoara   S.C.  CONTINENTAL   AUTOMOTIVE  ROMANIA   HELLA  Romania   FLEXTRONICS  ROMANIA   ETA2U         Las3ng  Systems   Expert  Consul3ng     Design  MMD   11
  • 12. Companies’ tutors 12  
  • 13. Activities •  Practical activities of virtual project management; •  Software virtualization solutions; •  Simulation of the technological flow specific to the IT companies / telecom; •  Teamwork activities; •  Professional communication specific to engineering field (communication techniques, professional interaction). 13
  • 14. Companies presentations • 8 participating companies 14  
  • 15. Direct connection company- student • Real study cases • Company visits • constant contact 15  
  • 16. face- to-face 16  
  • 17. Student’s project evaluation 17  
  • 18. Practical placement in companies 18  
  • 19. Practical visit to other companies from Timisoara, Bucharest, Targu Jiu 19  
  • 20. Project Evaluation from students’ perspective •  IS has the advantage that it freed student summer holidays; •  Students’ contact with people from companies created a clearer picture of how to work in a company; •  The suggested topics were related to real problems treated by employees of the company, so the information the students received came on the shortest path and it was very clear; •  Issues and documentation were clear and seriously presented, according to the standards of a company; •  All these issues have been a challenge for students and forced them to take the activity seriously; •  There have been students who have signed employment contracts for short and medium term with certain companies.
  • 21. Students’ questionnaire Technical abilities development Organisational abilities development Study case work and experience
  • 22. Project evaluation from companies perspective •  opportunity to present the company to large groups of students; •  Strengthened cooperation with Politehnica University of Timisoara; •  Students’ problems became known and after the professional and organizational evaluation it was possible to find the right students to employ. 22  
  • 23. Tutors’ questionnaire 23   4   2   3   3   longer  PP  period   students'  ac3vity   on  projects   constant  online   contact   face-­‐face   mee3ngs   Human resources use Hardware resources use Software resources use Did you used less resources then in normal PP?
  • 24. Focus group 24  
  • 25. Testimonials 25  
  • 26. 26   •  Continuing development of student-university- company relationships •  Major, multinational companies involved •  New skills and abilities for students •  Training the tutors •  Team work •  New development opportunities for students •  Employment opportunities •  Blended learning – virtual practical training Conclusions
  • 27. Project info http://www.intreprindere-simulata.ro/ http://elearning.upt.ro/proiecte/ro/is-/127 27
  • 28. CONTACT Dr.eng. Diana Andone Director e-Learning Center Tel: +40.256403300, Email: diana.andone@upt.ro Web Elearning.upt.ro UPT – CeL Campus Virtual www.cv.upt.ro @diando70 h_p://www.slideshare.net/diando70/