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- PublicationAdvanced Mission Critical Communication in Maritime Search and Rescue Actions(Institute of Electrical and Electronics, 2023)Successful maritime search and rescue (SAR) missions and real-time information exchange among first responder organizations (FRs) and command/coordination centers, fully rely on straightforward information flow and accurate communication channels, supported by novel data sharing technologies, advanced network connections, and interoperable platforms. Therefore, SAR actions at sea, as an integral part of the national maritime safety system, are supported with mission-critical communication (MCC) networks and devices. The paper presents the analysis of SAR operational and communication specifics, use cases and technical efficiency increasing in the maritime safety framework, with a focus on specific operational capabilities of MCC, connection networks, devices, and procedures for maritime distress communication. Further to MCC, the paper provides insight into the 5G network applied in maritime SAR and communications. The case study consists of an elaboration of the Mission Critical Communication platform components and X/BELLO tool, a secure 5G application that allows real-time information exchange, deployed under the RESPOND-A project approach. These systems represent the technical part of the SAR pilot of the EU RESPOND-A project showcasing the opportunities to strengthen the operational framework of maritime FRs and improve their joint mission performance.
- Research ProjectDeveloping Flipped MethodsFlipped classroom (FC) is a pedagogical approach in which the conventional notion of classroom-based learning is inverted, so that students are introduced to the learning material before class, with classroom time then being used to deepen understanding through discussion with peers and problem-solving activities facilitated by teachers. Although using FC methods has multiple benefits and is growing popularity, researchers and practitioners indicate that among impediments of widespread usage of FC methods are the additional time and technological support in relation to development of flipped learning activities. The flipped approach often involves the investment of significant time and energy on the part of instructors (e.g., recording video lectures; designing additional in-class activities). It is therefore recommended for teachers flipping their courses in team. By working in team, teachers can share their experiences of implementing flipped classrooms as well as their teaching resources The “Developing Flipped Methods for Teaching” project aims at developing all the necessary flipped learning pedagogical material (out-of-class tasks, pre-assessment tools, in-class activities) for teaching a discipline (psychology) covering a whole academic year course. The project aims at overcoming the difficulties of elaborating multiple materials for teaching with flipped classroom design. By collaboration of six education institutions an entire discipline will be covered with FC materials in seven languages (English, Romanian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Slovak and Greek), tackling a gap between educational research and practice. One of the project partners, The Mihai Eminescu National Pedagogical High School (Romania) is a secondary-level educational institute. Due to the particularities of the Romanian education system they offer teacher and kindergarten teacher training program, whereby graduates receive a teacher-kindergarten teacher degree. In Romania psychology is part of the secondary-level school curricula, so high schools can also benefit from educational materials translated to Romanian. Their main role in the project is to translate the developed educational methods by the higher education institutes from the partnership, to test and adapt it to the Romanian requirements. The partnership is composed from other six Higher Education Institutes with Teacher Training Faculties, who have important experience as partners or leaders Strategic Partnership projects and educational innovation. The main intellectual output of the project are the pedagogical materials for teaching an entire course of psychology with flipped classroom (FC) methods (materials for 30 courses), available in seven languages. Each pedagogical material is composed of instructional video, out-of-class work plans (online activities) associated with Low-stakes, formative assignments as well as in-class activities and assessment tools.