Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (UKF), Slovak Republic

Constantine the Philosopher University is a public university founded in 1992 as the University of Education in Nitra (renamed to UKF in 1996) and now, 5 faculties, is the 4th greatest university in Slovakia. UKF as the first Slovak university use for all faculties a central e-learning environment. The university educational portal http://edu.ukf.sk is based on the department’s research, the expertise and long-term experience. The researchers involved in the proposed project work at the Department of Informatics providing education to prospective teachers of informatics as well as the professionals in the field of applied informatics. The educational research of the department is concerned mainly with the theory of teaching informatics and effective application of ICT in education (development of educational software, e-learning with its methodology, implementation and evaluation covering all levels and forms of education. Every subject from the study program has its own e-course. The Department is considered to be a pioneer in the field of e-learning (especially the blended learning), not only at the local level, but even from the national perspective. The UKF puts much emphasis on international co-operation in all fields of study and research. Department of Informatics co-operates with European universities (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia) through international projects (European Social Fund, Comenius, 7th Framework Programme, LLP programme Leonardo DaVinci, Norway grants) or by organizing joint workshops, seminars and international conferences (Distance Learning in Applied Informatics - since 2001). Staff and students actively participate in international mobility programmes (Socrates/Erasmus, CEEPUS).

Project researchers

Mgr. Martin Drlík, PhD.

Assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science. Scientific interests: theory of teaching informatics subjects, database and information systems. Author of many scientific papers and scholar books devoted to e-learning implementation, development and quality and educational data mining. Programme Committee member of the international conferences ICT-Innovations, IADIS International Conference on Internet Technologies & Society and International conference Distance Learning in Applied Informatics. Participant in projects on e-learning implementation at institutional level, new technologies in teaching and in projects dealing with learning/teaching in virtual environment using e-learning courses: Further education of the teachers of primary and secondary schools in the subject of Informatics (2009-2001); A-CENTRUM FNS CPU in Nitra – Center of Innovative Education.                                                                                                                    

Mgr. Martin Cápay, PhD.

Assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science, specializing mainly in the theory of teaching informatics. Author of many scientific publications devoted to programming, electronic testing, behavioral of students in e-environment, and activating method of teaching informatics. Winner in competition for the best contribution of the joint international conference Interactive Collaborative Learning 2011/Virtual University 2011. Member of organizing committee of the International conference Distance Learning in Applied Informatics. Participant in projects on usage of new competences in teaching and dealing with learning/teaching in virtual environment using e-learning courses: A-CENTRUM FNS CPU in Nitra – Center of Innovative Education; Virtual Faculty – Distance Learning, E-learning in Community Care (Leonardo da Vinci LLP Program, 2008–2009).         

Mgr. Julia Tomanová, PhD.

Assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science, specializing in informatics. Author of scientific publications devoted to computer graphics, discrete mathematics, electronic testing, activating methods of informatics teaching and students´ behaviour in e-environment. Attendance of conferences focusing on e-learning and fields mentioned above. Participant in projects on new competence in teaching and dealing with learning/teaching in virtual environment using e-learning courses: Further education of the teachers of primary and secondary schools in the subject of Informatics; A-CENTRUM FNS CPU in NitraCenter of Innovative Education.

PaedDr. Peter Švec, Ph.D.

Assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science. Master in Physics and Informatics and Ph.D. in Information Systems. Scientific interests: theory of teaching informatics subjects, computer networks, web minig, e-learning. Author of many scientific papers and scholar books devoted to e-learning. Winner in competition for the best contribution of the joint international conference Interactive Collaborative Learning 2011/Virtual University 2011. Member of organizing committee of the International conference Distance Learning in Applied Informatics. Participant in projects on usage of new competences in teaching and dealing with learning/teaching in virtual environment using e-learning courses: A-CENTRUM FNS CPU in Nitra – Center of Innovative Education; Virtual Faculty – Distance Learning, E-learning in Community Care (Leonardo da Vinci LLP Program, 2008–2009). His paper was in ScienceDirect Top 25 Hottest Articles in Procedia Computer Science.

Publications of UKF researches