Research Project: Designing Learning Experiences: Competences in the Digital Era
research project

As of March 2024, I have initiated a new research agenda, creating a dedicated project.

Scope of Research

This research project aims to develop a comprehensive structure of competences tailored for trainers and lecturers, focusing on the integration of digital skills and andragogic principles.

The scope encompasses the identification, analysis, and synthesis of essential competences required for designing effective learning experiences in contemporary educational settings, particularly in the context of online or remote training.

It will also address the challenges post COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to update teaching methods and tools to better cater to adult learners.

Target Audience

The primary target audience includes: trainers involved in corporate training programs, lecturers across various disciplines and professionals engaged in instructional design and educational technology.

Reaserch Objectives
 

Identify Essential Competences

Conduct a thorough literature review and empirical studies to identify the essential competences for designing learning experiences, with a focus on addressing challenges post COVID-19 pandemic and the shift towards online or remote training.

Develop a Competence Framework


Utilize the findings to create a structured framework outlining the key competences required by trainers and university lecturers, integrating updates to teaching methods and tools for teaching adults in online environments.

Validate the Framework

Validate the developed competence framework through expert review, focus groups, and pilot testing in real-world educational settings to ensure its applicability and effectiveness, especially in the context of remote or online training.

Create Training Materials

Develop training materials, resources, and tools aligned with the identified competences to support educators in enhancing their skills in designing engaging and effective learning experiences, particularly in online or remote settings.

Methodological Aspects

 Data Collection from Practitioners

Gather data through surveys, questionnaires, and observations from practitioners actively engaged in online or remote training to understand their challenges, needs, and experiences.

 Investigation of Online Learning Environments

Conduct a benchmarking analysis of existing online learning platforms, tools, and environments to identify best practices and innovative approaches in delivering effective online learning experiences.

 Interviews with Professionals and Experts

 Conduct interviews with professionals and experts in education science, instructional design, and educational technology to gather insights, perspectives, and recommendations for updating teaching methods and tools in the context of online teaching for adult learners.

As milstones are reached, parts of the research will be published. You want to know more? Drop me a line at: adina.munteanu [at] upb.ro

PhD Thesis

AN ANALYSIS OF THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE ORGANIC MARKET IN ROMANIA DURING 2012-2014

AN ANALYSIS OF THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE ORGANIC MARKET IN ROMANIA DURING 2012-2014

The thesis was publicly defended on  21.06.2017

Publishing info: Creative Commons License 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Available at https://rei.gov.ro/teze-doctorat

The thesis is fully written in English.

Direct link for download of the thesis file
In caz de intrebari, trimiteti un email la adina.munteanu[at] upb.ro

Executive Summary

 

Romanian organically certified market

 

In Romania, the certified organic market has been slowly growing over the past few years. However, given the lack of available data regarding the market structure, this research aims to fill the knowledge gap by revealing the characteristics of the organic market in Romania during 2012-2014, the main external factors that influence the organic operators, and the business performance of organic companies.

Risks and benefits

 

The thesis begins with highlighting the risks and benefits of organic agriculture, and critiques and improvements of the third party certification system. A first practical contribution of the research results is a scoring system, meant to reduce the transactional risks for the potential trading parties on an online trading platform for organic agricultural products.

Certification process

 

After explaining the certification process for a Romanian operator, the research focuses on detailed analysis of the supply side of the market, meaning the geographic distribution of the organic operators, type of legal entities, and the permanence of the operators in the certified organic system.

E-commerce

 

Moreover, for a sample of 50 e-shops selling organic products and analysis was performed in order to facilitate some strategic decisions for a manager.

Additionally, for a sample of 410 certified organic companies the business performance was analysed based on two financial indicators: return on assets and profit margin.

Overall, this thesis brings unique results, both practical and academic.

PowerPoint Workshops

PowerPoint: Format & Design

Agenda:

  • Customization of comands
  • Formating tips & tricks
  • Design : Create your own visual template

Participants: 12

Time: 3 h

Date: negociated with those interested (use this form

This is a workshop, meaning that more than 70% of the time will be spent applying conceps and creating your PowerPoint visuals. Participants will receive slides to work with, customize settings on their instance of PowerPoint. 

PowerPoint: Discourse Structure & Visuals

Agenda:

  • Discourse structure 
  • Tips & tricks for public speaking using slides
  • Use of images, animations and transitions

Participants: 12

Time: 3 h

Date: negociated with those interested (use this form

This is a workshop, meaning that more than 70% of the time will be spent on applications. 

In teams, participants will works on creating a a 3 minutes presentation and delivering it for their peers. 

 

Should you choose to attend:

  • be mindful that the workshop will be held in Romanian (if enough English speakers announce their interest, there will be an English training as well)
  • confirm your attendance to the email invite you will receive 
  • you will bring your own laptop with PowerPoint installed
  • Your instructor will use Microsoft 365
  • fell free to bring your own snacks & water

Questions? send an email to adina.munteanu[at]upb.ro

Excel for Research

Data Analysis with Excel

DATA ANALYSIS – Workshop Agenda

  • Data analysis: process steps
  • Data clean-up : tables, functions
  • Data analysis: functions
  • Results display: charts, dashboards

Participants: 12

Time: 3 h

Date: negociated with those interested (use this form

This is a workshop, meaning that more than 70% of the time will be spent solving Excel exercises. The focus will be on how to use excel to work with data, data clean-up, presenting data. Really useful for your research projects as well 😉

Modelling with Excel

MODELING – Workshop Agenda

  • What is a good model?
  • How is a model constructed?
  • Checks & validations
  • How can we implement a model using Excel?

Participants: 12

Time: 3 h

Date: negociated with those interested (use this form

We shall explore all the questions mentioned in the agenda using a predefined set of data. Participants will receive files, work in teams and construct a model.

This is a workshop, meaning that more than 70% of the time will be spent solving Excel exercises.

Should you choose to attend any of the workshops:

  • be mindful that the workshop will be held in Romanian (if enough English speakers announce their interest, there will be an English training as well)
  • confirm your attendance to the email invite you will receive 
  • you will bring your own laptop with Excel installed
  • Your instructor will use Microsoft 365
  • fell free to bring your own snacks & water

Questions? send an email to adina.munteanu[at]upb.ro

AVIONIC Project
About the AVIONIC project

Creative Digital Teaching And Learning For Green Air Transport And Logistics – AVIONIC Project

 

 

Creative Digital Teaching And Learning For Green Air Transport And Logistics

The project activities are folded in three categories: sharing the knowledge on innovative methods for teaching and learning and identification of digital and green skills in air transport; developing new curricula and teaching and learning materials; developing new digital tools for interactive teaching and learning as OER. 

 

The implementation of these activities will be ensure through a solid project management and extensive dissemination of the results. 

More about the project here.

Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport Project

The Erasmus+ project “Knowledge Alliance in Air Transport” (KAAT) coordinated University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest and involving 5 partners 11 associates from 5 countries.

KKAT Project Partners

One of the project deliverables was the Report on Qualifications in Air Transport which presents a state of the art on qualifications from air transport industry, including an analysis of 30 qualifications within the field. An important part of this work consists in clarifying the relationships between occupations, skills/ competences and qualifications.

The analysis on qualifications in aviation may be considered as “special” due to safety and security requirements and possibly the existence of environmental externalities. According to various economic studies, however, there is little or no evidence that aviation has unique economic and human resources characteristics, compared to other modes of transport and service industries. 

The key to addressing the dynamic and rapid transformations shaping the aviation sector is the establishment and application of good regulatory practices and, more broadly, good governance – the institutional, regulatory, and policy frameworks in which air transport is designed, implemented and managed.

Conferences

2016

SEA 10 Economic Experiences, Brasov – November 17-18th 2016

  • Impact Factors for the Development of Young Entrepreneurs in Romania
  • The Price Dynamics on the Organic Market in Romania between 2010 and 2015

SGEM International Multidisciplinary Conferences on SOCIAL SCIENCES AND ARTS

  • A PANEL DATA ANALYSIS OF THE PERFORMANCE OF ORGANIC BUSINESSES IN ROMANIA DURING 2012-2014
  • THE ORGANIC MARKET IN ROMANIA: DYNAMICS AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF THE ORGANIC OPERATORS DURING 2011-2014

2015

GEUC 2015 – 4TH International Conference “Global Economy Under Crisis”- December, 3rd – 4th, 2015

  • The dynamics of organically certified operators in Romania between 2012 and 2014

NORD 3 –Intercultural Communication and the Future of Education, Bucharest, Romania – November 28th 2015

  • The Third Party Certification System for Organic Products

9th International Management Conference Management And Innovation for Competitive Advantage”, IMC 2015, 5-6 November 2015

  • Reviewing the Performance of Organic E-shops in Romania

SEA 8 – “Spirituality and Creativity”, Sambata de Sus, Romania – October 23-24th 2015

  • The Ethical Layer of Sustainable Development

2014

SEA International Conferences, Brașov October 18-19th, 2014

2014 International Conference on Production Research Regional Conference Africa, Europe and The Middle East –  and – 3rd International Conference on Quality and Innovation in Engineering and Management, Cluj Napoca – July 4th 2014

MBD 2014 – 2nd International Conference of Marketing and Business Development – 26-28 June 2014

2013

Contemporary Approaches and Challenges of Tourism Sustainability
The 4th International Conference on Tourism – 2013 CACTUS
13th – 16th of November, 2013

International U.A.B. – B.E.N.A Conference Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development – 23-25 May 2013 

MESMAP 2013 – Famagusta, The Northern Cyprus 17-20 April

  • Assessing the Potential of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Cultivation as
    a Rural Development Strategy in Romania

Published academic papers

As of February 2024, the list of my published articles is mentioned below. Whenever possible, I will share the link where the paper is available.

Should you have any questions on any of the papers, kindly contact me at: adina.munteanu@upb.ro

 

2023
  • COACHING AS A TOOL FOR IMPROVING QMS IMPLEMENTATION – A CASE STUDY IN A SHARED SERVICE CENTER IN ROMANIA, Cross-Cultural Management Journal, Volume XXV, Issue 2 / 2023.  by Munteanu, A.R. & Pavel, A.P.link to paper  
2019
2017
  •  STRESS REDUCTION THROUGH INNOVATIVE TRAINING: DANCING WITH STRESS. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences. ISSN: 2226-3624., 2017,  Vol. 7, Issue 3 pages 208-215 by Nutu, I. V. and Munteanu, A.R.
  •  THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF ORGANIC OPERATORS IN ROMANIA DURING 2012-2014. International Journal of Business and Management Invention (IJBMI). 2017, ISSN (Online): 2319 – 8028, Volume 6 Issue 3, pages 32-35 by Munteanu, A.R. and Nutu, I. V.
2016
  • A PANEL DATA ANALYSIS OF THE PERFORMANCE OF ORGANIC BUSINESSES IN ROMANIA DURING 2012-2014 – International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts, SGEM2016, Albena, Bulgaria 22 – 31 August, 2016, by Munteanu, A.R.
  • THE ORGANIC MARKET IN ROMANIA: DYNAMICS AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF THE ORGANIC OPERATORS DURING 2011-2014”, – International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts, SGEM2016, Albena, Bulgaria 22 – 31 August, 2016,  SGEM 2016 Conference Proceedings Book 2 vol. IV pp. 781-787, by Munteanu, A.R.
  • THE PRICE DYNAMICS ON THE ORGANIC MARKET IN ROMANIA BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015, SEA – Practical Application of Science, ISSN: 2360 – 255, 2016,  Issue 12, pages 485-491, by Munteanu, A.R & Nutu, V.I. 
  • IMPACT FACTORS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN ROMANIA,SEA – Practical Application of Science, Vol IV, Issue 3(12) pages 471-478, by Nutu, I.V and Munteanu, A.R. & Pîrlog, R.N. 
2015
  • REVIEWING THE PERFORMANCE OF ORGANIC E-SHOPS IN ROMANIA. The 9th International Management Conference Bucharest, Romania5th– 6th of November 2015, Publicat in: The 9th International Management Conference Proceedings, 2015. by Munteanu, A.R.
  • THE ETHICAL LAYER OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT- Intercultural Communications and the Future of Education, THE HUB- Fusion Between Social Sciences, Art, Theology, Engineering, and Management, Publicat în: Proceedings of „The 2015 HUB and the 8th International SEA Conference – Spirituality and Creativity, Brasov, Sambata de Sus, 23-26 October” 2015.  by Munteanu, A.R.
  • THE THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR ORGANIC PRODUCTS. Network Intelligence Studies, ISSN-L: 2344-1712; 2015, pp.145-151. by Munteanu, A.R.
  • THE DYNAMICS OF ORGANICALLY CERTIFIED OPERATORS IN ROMANIA BETWEEN 2012 AND 2014”. Ovidius University Annals, Series Economic Sciences. ISSN 2392-3127 (Online); 2015. Vol. 15 Issue 2, p306-311, by  Munteanu, A.R
2014
  • THE RISK MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIC PRODUCTS ALONG THE VALUE CHAIN, International Conference On Production Research Regional Conference Africa, Europe And The Middle East And 3rd International Conference On Quality And Innovation In Engineering And Management Publicat în: International Conference on Production Research – ICPR – QIEM 2014, 1-5 July, Cluj-Napoca , 2014 , by Munteanu, A.R.
  • THE PLACE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE BUSINESS MODEL OF A SME. International Journal of Economic Practices and Theories, Vol 4 No 5, pp.845-855. by Munteanu, A.R.
  • AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN ROMANIA”. SEA–Practical Application of Science, Vol.(03), Issue 1. pp.371-382. by Munteanu, A.R.
  • THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF GROUP CERTIFICATION FOR ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN ROMANIA”. SEA – Practical Application of Science,  Volume II, Issue 2 (4), by Munteanu, A.R.
  • INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING TOURISM COMPETIVENESS AT THE BLACK SEA SHORE”. Amfiteatru Economic, 2247–9104, 2014,  Vol 16(8), p.1253. , by Munteanu, A.R., Rizea, R.D., Ilie, A.G. and Sarbu, R. ; link to paper
2013
  • DEFINING A COHERENT ORGANISATIONAL VISUAL IDENTITY–A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS”. Network Intelligence Studies, Vol (01), pp.102-117. by Rizea, R.D. and Munteanu, A.R.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING (EMA) IMPLEMENTATION: MOTIVATION AND EXPECTED RESULTS FROM A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE”. Romanian Journal of Economics, vol 37(2 (46), pp.164-173. by Munteanu, A.R.