eLearning system for research

Development of doctoral schools in medicine and life sciences through an eLearning system for

research

Badea IR, Buzoianu AD, Mircea PA, Bojita MT

ìIuliu Hatieganuî University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The development of doctoral schools and, in direct connection thereto, the development of human resources by training young graduates as scientific researchers is one of the key objectives of the strategy that universities need to pursue in order to become the main players in the research, development and innovation process.

The general objective of the project consists in developing an effective eLearning computer system aimed at specfic training for scientific research within the Romanian doctoral schools by means of state-of-the-art, transparent and advanced training.

Specific objectives: upgrading the education system in the doctoral schools by harmonizing curricula and promoting student-centered activities; developing a flexible curricula providing the general methodological knowledge for research applicable in every studentís own field of research in order to develop individual research skills; improving the quality of research conducted by doctoral students by developing high training standards in the field of research throughout doctoral studies, standardizing an objective system for doctoral studentsí appraisal; developing a single effective system to support doctoral students showing researcher quality; setting up a virtual consortium of doctoral schools – doctoral campus ñ through the education portal http://www.edoctoral_campus.ro/.

The research activity is extremely complex as it involves cooperation between research teams from 5 distinct institutions: "Iuliu Hatieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMPh), Cluj-Napoca, UMPh Craiova, UMPh T‚rgu-Mures, "Babes-Bolyai" University Cluj-Napoca, SIVECO SA. All partners shall contribute to developing the advanced eLearning computer system of the single communication center of the Romanian doctoral schools, called Doctoral campus.

A unique system in Romania, the advanced eLearning computer system shall be originally applicable in the doctoral schools within the universities of medicine and pharmacy. In time it could

expand to other Romanian doctoral schools which shall enable curriculum harmonization and sharing experience, coordinating activities and increasing effectiveness for the entire tertiary education system in Romania.