Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (LBUS)
The key staff involved at University Lucian Blaga Sibiu have had an active interest in technology solutions to enhance learning for a number of years. In the technology field, multi-media packages have been developed for use by students of engineering. The innovative pedagogical method known as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) has been very successfully researched, designed, implemented and developed by the group involved in this proposal. The success of the method is well documented in the literature. PASS also formed part of an EU funded TEMPUS project in which the aim was to update the teaching of electronics in
Romanian universities. The group have previously worked collaboratively on the development of hybrid Internet/CD-ROM based learning and teaching resources for use in European schools. This work was under the EC Educational Multimedia Task Force project MODULATES. The team have developed a range of learning resources for pupils and teacher training materials. Some of the learning materials have been created with the requirements of special needs children taken into account. In particular, multimedia courseware has been developed which is 'language-free' and which is specifically aimed at children with dyslexia or who have language learning difficulties. In the EC Leonardo da Vinci special education needs project SPERO, LBUS contributed by performing and reporting on an extensive survey relating to the current uses of ICT in Romania to support children with special needs, including dyslexia. The team has the combined skills of technological ability and pedagogical expertise and software engineering developing projects.
Prof Ioan Mihu
Ioan is with the Deparment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Lucian Blaga
University of Sibiu. He has many years experience in conducting research activities in technical and pedagogical areas. He has spent a period of 1 year working in a research laboratory in the UK where he gained important experience of the operation of EC funded research projects. He has been involved in a number of TEMPUS projects and has contributed to the work of a number of IST programme projects. He also was involved in AGENT-DYSL, a FP6 program. He has a long term interest in developing methods and technologies which make the process of learning more accessible to disadvantaged learners.
Prof Barry Beggs
Barry is a Visiting Professor at LBUS and has worked with the other members of the LBUS
team. His specialist field is telecommunications. He has led and managed major research projects for EC and UK funding bodies including The British Council, EC Brite-EuRam (ISCELIS project), EPSRC, EC TEMPUS Programme, EC Educational Multimedia Task Force (MODULATES project), EC Leonardo da Vinci Programme (SPERO project) and the UK Joint Information Sub-Committee (ReSET project). He is currently the Scotland Co-ordinator for the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre and is a Member of the UK Higher Education Academy. He has authored numerous publications in the fields of telecommunications and educational technology.
Prof Remus Brad
Remus is with the Computer Science and Automatic Control Department at the Lucian Blaga
University of Sibiu. He has an important experience in the field of image processing and network
communications. He has good result, strong interest in research with pedagogical aims. In particular, he has a strong interest in developing methods and technologies which make the process of learning more accessible to disadvantaged learners. He has good skills of software engineering developing projects.