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1 Welcome to the ACE 2005 General Assembly
Dr. Pascal Mimero ECTN Association ESCPE Lyon, France Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), 4-8 May 2005

2 What is EChemTest ? It is made for … ?

3 The European Chemistry Test …
What is EChemTest ? The European Chemistry Test … Electronic Testing platform online developed by the ECTN Aims to deliver electronic tests to evaluate your knowledge and skills in various fields of Chemistry Funded by the European Commission within the Socrates and Thematic Network frames Further details ? visit our website at: Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

4 It is made for … ? Enables to monitor … Student exchange program
Chemistry knowledge evaluation in the native language Chemistry understanding in a foreign language Professional career progression Industrial mobility Continuous education Example: R&D in organic synthesis, analytical skills Life Long Learning process Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

5 Domains: today & future
Tests available today Pre-University Levels General Chemistry 1 General Chemistry 2 University Chemistry studies Analytical Chemistry 3 Inorganic Chemistry 3 Organic Chemistry 3 Physical Chemistry 3 Over 2800 questions Development … Actual: Biological Chemistry Bio-Organic Bio-Inorganic Tomorrow starting now Level 4: University Chemistry studies in Organic Chemistry Possible in the future ? Chemical Engineering Environmental Chemistry Polymer Chemistry Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

6 Paleo-chronology … few words about the ancient time

7 Once upon a time … It was in the year 1996 …
… the “Objective 1” Socrates projects 1997, Helsinki … fighting to convince people it could work ! After hours of discussion, arguments and work with working groups … After thousands of disappointing crashes with … “?” 1998, the so called “Core Chemistry Test” was unveiled for the first time to the ECTN Audience at the plenary meeting held in the beautiful island of Rhodes in Greece ! Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

8 Once upon a time … 2000, last Windows CDRom issued with the old platform , the EU funding break !! Renamed as “EChemTest”, the European Chemistry Test First set of data transferred to the Perception platform, and prepared to the wild Internet technology , beta tests (demo and certification database) 2005, finally unveiled … again in Greece, in the nice place of Thessaloniki Already - Only 7 years old ;-) … Happy birthday EChemTest !! Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

9 … EChemTest today !!

10 Team Organization Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

11 Structure & Frame Question Topic Difficulty Session of Test
One hour session composed by up to 30 questions Question One question represent one specific topic Question taken at random from a question bank of libraries Topic Choose according to the Chemistry Core Curriculum Agreed at the European level Difficulty Increasing throughout the test From introductory to intermediate and advanced grade of difficulty Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

12 2 Categories of tests “Demo / Training Test” “Certification Test”
Static sample session Prior taking any of the certification test session Full set of European Languages currently transferred from the old platform Freely accessible online after registration “Certification Test” Dynamic session at random European Chemistry Certificate at pre-university or at University levels of studies issued by the ECTNA English versions in operation now and only available in approved testing centers Sessions monitored and taken under controlled conditions ECTNA members are awarded with a free access to certification tests Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

13 Website access … www.echemtest.net
Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

14 Tests online bg, de, en, fi, fr, it, pt es, no, se en
Nb Q Training online Training in preparation Certification online Certification in preparation Gene Chem 1 30 bg, de, en, fi, fr, it, pt es, no, se 380 en Gene Chem 2 440 Anal Chem 3 cz, da, en, gr, it, pt, sk de 300 da Inor Chem 3 Orga Chem 3 bg, de, en, fi, fr, it, se es 700 de, fr, it Phys Chem 3 20 bg, en, fi, it da, de, es, fr, nl, no, pt, se 400 en, it 170 2820 Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

15 Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

16 Technical and Business stuff

17 Quality insurance: Content
All questions of a single topic according to the European Common Core Curriculum frame … Equivalent as content to each other Equivalent as scoring Equivalent as the grade of difficulty Questions developed at the European level by an international team Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

18 Quality insurance: Certification
Delivery controlled condition (time limit, scheduled sessions, personal account, number of attempts, …) Monitoring of the certification test session (testing centers) and Records of each sessions on the Server Encrypted session, protection by Login/Password Backup of the data Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

19 Quality insurance: Technology
Developed with the commercial software QuestionMark Perception (providing Industrial and Academic clients for evaluation, certification, assessment worldwide) Following the CAA Software Guidelines Encrypted session, protection by Login/Password (administration level, end-user level, database storage) Material delivered online “virus-free” / Symantec virus database automatic update Backup of all databases (questions, sessions, results) Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

20 Testing centers The EChemTest Certification sessions are delegated to EChemTest centers officially recognized by the ECTN Association. In order to be recognized by the ECTN Association the EChemTest Center (full Association members or foreign bodies) has to fulfil pre-requisites related to : The context and logistic (computer room, maintenance, …) The examination conditions (secure network, band width, …) The examination procedure (monitoring, ID control, …). Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

21 General conditions ECTN Assoc members classroom or individual candidates Non ECTN Assoc members and other bodies, individual candidates General Conditions Individual registration (login, password) All demo/training sessions accessible for free Randomized test Options : individual (self-assessment); individual (certification); classroom (academic evaluation) Certification test Cost for randomized tests No charge for standard tests 50€ for each registered tests and each participant Individual Certification, self-assessment, academic evaluation Handling cost Charged by testing centers, PC room maintenance service, … European Certification Issued if Successful examination Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

22 EChemTest 2005 Dissemination
Already presented February: U. of Perugia IT March: Research U. of Helsinki FI (LERU 2005) U. of Sofia BG Lovech BG (41st Nat. Conf. of Bulgarian Teachers in Chemistry) Coming next … June: Oral Autrans FR (MIEC-JIREC Conference) Yliema Hotel MT (NAUCTS Summer School) July: Jagiellonian U. of Kraków PL (Eurovariety in Chemistry) August: UBC Vancouver BC CA (ChemEd 2005) September: Shevshenko U. of Kiev UA (AC&CA 2005) Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

23 EChemTest and Eurobachelor ?
2 of the current projects coordinated by ECTN … EChemTest: electronic automatized platform of tests in chemistry evaluating the knowledge in chemistry and the chemistry understanding in foreign languages, at pre-university and University study levels, by no mean will replace any national examination or diploma, but will help students and teachers with self-assessment and individual academic progression monitoring for example. Chemistry Eurobachelor: a label delivered to accredited Universities running the Bologna Process with their own National examinations, providing a DS and the individual student progression. Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

24 And now … On behalf of the ECTN Network and Association,
I officially invite our friend and local organizer to join me

25 Evangelia instead of cutting the traditional blue ribbon to avoid any trouble with the Internet cable My great pleasure to invite you to press on the link below Login “ECTN2005”, Password “demo” and choose the test you want …

26 Acknowledgement … All contributors could not fit in this list, but I thank them all for the hard job done and the time spent on EChemTest At least the identified group members and translators: Vincenzo Aquilanti, Eva Åkesson, Gustavo Avitabile, Ana Barros, Gérard Bauduin, Laura Bobocea, Mike Bridge, Maria-Filomena Camoes, David Cardin, Rinaldo Cervelatti, David Cocker, Cecilia Coletti, Dario Compagnone, Jose-Marie Diaz Cruz, Pavel Drasar, Ivan Dukov, Constantinos Efstathiou, Markus Enders, Mariano Fajardo, Georges Francis, Marek Frankowicz, Johannes Fröhlich, Michael Gagan, Jeremy Glennon, Jean Grimaud, Elo Hansen, Tapio Hase, Flemming Hegelund, Bengt Jergil, Jens Josephson, Jean-Claude Kaell, Eija Kaija, Jari Kaperi, Jorma Koskimies, Miltiades Karayannis, Richard Kempa, Zdenka Keuc, Henryk Koroniak, Jan Labuda, Antonio Lagana, Risto Laitinen, Maria-Clara Magalhaes, Janine Mareche, Colin Marsden, Terry Michell, Raluca Mocanu, Kalina Mutafchieva, Matti Näsäkkälä, Panos Nikitas, Derek Nonhebel, Ad Oskam, Denis Papaioannou, Gino Paolucci, Bjorn Pedersen, Valentina Piermarini, Cornel Radu, Juan Antonio Rodriguez-Renuncio, Josep Ricart, Cesare Roll, Marina Rui, Marta Salisova, Mudis Salkauskas, Hans-Günther Schmalz, Anthony Smith, Clare Smith, Laszlo Somsak and his student’s group, Peter Ten Holte, Paolo Todesco, Alan Townshend, Arne van der Gen, Evangelia Varella, Anastasios Varvoglis, Janna Velder, Anna von Barth, Gian-Gualberto Volpi, Kristiina Wähälä, Richard Whewell, Ken Williamson, Bin Zwanenburg, … Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005

27 www.ectn-assoc.org www.ectn.net www.eurobachelor.net www.echemtest.net
But the adventure is just starting … with the new AC Team Thank you very much for your attention

28 The NewsLetter online Bimonthly Electronic Bulletin Disseminated in:
48 countries worldwide 450 University contacts Information related to: ECTN and ECTNA projects Bologna Process Eurobachelor and Label Committee EChemTest Partner’s network Chemistry education in the EHEA Annual Conference of the ECTN 2005, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki GR, April 4-8, 2005


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