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See detailQuel outil d’entrainement pour des étudiants en médecine évalués par QCM en physique ?
Marique, Pierre-Xavier ULg; Van de Poël, Jean-François ULg; Hoebeke, Maryse ULg

Conference (2016, January 14)

La réforme des études de médecine mise en application dès la rentrée académique de septembre 2012 en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles a introduit une liste abondante de prérequis dans les cours dits de « ... [more ▼]

La réforme des études de médecine mise en application dès la rentrée académique de septembre 2012 en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles a introduit une liste abondante de prérequis dans les cours dits de « sciences fondamentales » (physique, chimie, biologie) et favorisé l’évaluation sous forme de questions à choix multiples en première année de bachelier. Or, les étudiants sortant de l’enseignement secondaire maitrisent rarement, pour de multiples raisons, l’ensemble des prérequis. Par ailleurs, ils sont très peu entrainés à ce mode d’évaluation et n’en maitrisent donc pas les spécificités. Lors de leur arrivée à l’université, les causes d’échec des étudiants sont multiples. Parmi celles-ci, nous pouvons citer le temps d’adaptation de l’étudiant au système d'enseignement supérieur, la difficulté d’apprendre la nouvelle matière vue au cours (problèmes de méthode de travail, quantité de matière plus importante, laps de temps plus court pour l’assimiler, …) et, éventuellement, une mauvaise maitrise des prérequis. Cela nous a poussé à développer un outil de soutien à l'apprentissage pour le cours de physique. Nous avons opté pour une plate-forme en ligne afin qu’elle soit accessible à chaque instant et de n’importe quel endroit, moyennant une connexion internet. L’étudiant peut notamment y travailler la nouvelle matière ou les prérequis via une série de tests formatifs présentés sous forme de QCM. L’étudiant peut à tout moment générer un test selon trois paramètres : la(les) matière(s) qu’il souhaite travailler, le temps qu’il désire y consacrer et le niveau de maitrise qu’il souhaite atteindre à ce moment-là. La matière vue au cours a préalablement été décomposée en cinq grands thèmes. L’étudiant peut, lors de l’ouverture d’une session, choisir un ou plusieurs de ces thèmes. Le nombre de questions figurant dans son test formatif dépendra de la durée qu’il aura préalablement sélectionnée (30, 60, 90 ou 120 minutes). Un barème de 10 questions par heure, identique aux conditions d’examens, est appliqué. L’étudiant pourra, en outre, choisir un niveau parmi trois échelons de difficulté. Les questions portant sur chacune des cinq matières, issues notamment des examens des années antérieures, ont été évaluées par plusieurs membres de l’équipe pédagogique et un niveau de difficulté de 1 à 4 leur a été attribué. Le niveau de la question est établi sur la base de 4 critères : abstraction, réflexion, mixité et niveau mathématique. Chaque évaluateur de questions donne un score de 1 à 3 à chacun des critères et ce, pour chaque question. Le total sur l’ensemble des critères fixera le niveau général de la question. Le critère d’abstraction est lié à l’abstraction de l’énoncé et de la réponse attendue. Le deuxième critère évalue la réflexion développée par l’étudiant pour répondre à la question qui lui est posée, et donc notamment le nombre d’étapes de résolution. Le critère de mixité est lié à la diversité des sujets intervenant dans un problème. Le dernier critère est lié au niveau de mathématique que requiert la résolution de la question ou du problème de physique. La moyenne des différentes évaluations fournit alors le niveau de la question. Afin de vérifier la concordance des évaluations, le Kappa de Fleiss a été mesuré et nous indique une concordance moyenne. Vingt ensembles de questions ont été créés, soit un par niveau de difficulté de question et par matière. Une attention particulière est apportée à la rédaction des questions, notamment afin de respecter les règles de conception développées par Leclercq (Leclercq, 1986) et sériant les niveaux d’abstraction des questions selon les taxonomies de Bloom (Bloom, 1956). Une fois les trois paramètres sélectionnés par l’étudiant, un test formatif est généré automatiquement. Un nombre de questions, fixé par la durée choisie par l’étudiant, est tiré aléatoirement en respectant le niveau de difficulté (du test) que l’étudiant a choisi. Le niveau « faible » de test proposera uniquement des questions de niveaux 1 et 2, le niveau « moyen », des questions de niveaux 1, 2 et 3 et le niveau « fort » des questions de niveaux 2, 3 et 4. L’étudiant pourra visualiser son état d’avancement dans la maitrise de chacun des thèmes grâce à un rapport qu’il pourra à tout moment générer. Dans le futur, ce rapport détaillera également quel type (théorie, application directe de formule, problèmes, …) de questions l’étudiant a tendance à réussir ou rater. Une vue simplifiée et ludique, à l’aide de médailles à gagner sera également proposée à l’étudiant. A l’aide de cette vue simplifiée et du rapport complet, l’équipe pédagogique pourra travailler plus efficacement avec l’étudiant si ce dernier demande un rendez-vous de remédiation. En effet, sur la base des rapports, les membres de l’équipe pédagogique pourront facilement et rapidement cibler les difficultés précises rencontrées par l’apprenant et lui proposer des pistes concrètes de travail pour y remédier. Outre cet outil, la plate-forme propose le travail des prérequis et de la nouvelle matière sous différentes formes (vidéos d’expérience à commenter, résolution guidée de problèmes, forums, questions débats, …). Cette diversité d’outils proposés a pour but d’augmenter la motivation des étudiants selon la théorie de Viau (Viau, 1994). Ces outils ont été présentés précédemment (Marique, 2014). [less ▲]

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See detailPortraits littéraires, portraits photographqiues
Havelange, Carl ULg

Scientific conference (2016, January 13)

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See detailColor in the urban environment: A user-oriented protocol for chromatic characterization and the development of a parametric typology
Nguyen, Ngoc Luan ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Color Research and Application (2016)

This article presents a user-oriented protocol that can be used to characterize chromatic attributes of an urban area. A need for both affordable and reliable assessment method of color has been observed ... [more ▼]

This article presents a user-oriented protocol that can be used to characterize chromatic attributes of an urban area. A need for both affordable and reliable assessment method of color has been observed in the field of urban design. The challenge is to provide statistical answers to these two questions: how is color organized, how does it develop its own structure in the city? The main purpose of the research is hence to investigate mean color types within the city via the implementation of a characterization tool; an urban area of the four main classes (historic center, periurban housing districts, working-class neighborhoods, and commercial zones) being characterized by a specific color palette, or a layout of specific color types. The developed instrumentation allows the assessment of the homogeneous and consistent features of an urban district. Their characterization protocol was tested through an application to several streets of the city of Liège (Belgium). [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the toxicity of Pb- and Sn-based perovskite solar cells in model organism Danio rerio
Babayigit, Aslihan; Dinh Duy Thanh, ULg; Ethirajan, Anitha et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6

Intensive development of organometal halide perovskite solar cells has lead to a dramatic surge in power conversion efficiency up to 20%. Unfortunately, the most efficient perovskite solar cells all ... [more ▼]

Intensive development of organometal halide perovskite solar cells has lead to a dramatic surge in power conversion efficiency up to 20%. Unfortunately, the most efficient perovskite solar cells all contain lead (Pb), which is an unsettling flaw that leads to severe environmental concerns and is therefore a stumbling block envisioning their large-scale application. Aiming for the retention of favorable electro-optical properties, tin (Sn) has been considered the most likely substitute. Preliminary studies have however shown that Sn-based perovskites are highly unstable and, moreover, Sn is also enlisted as a harmful chemical, with similar concerns regarding environment and health. To bring more clarity into the appropriateness of both metals in perovskite solar cells, we provide a case study with systematic comparison regarding the environmental impact of Pb- and Sn-based perovskites, using zebrafish (Danio Rerio) as model organism. Uncovering an unexpected route of intoxication in the form of acidification, it is shown that Sn based perovskite may not be the ideal Pb surrogate. [less ▲]

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See detailQuel climat pour demain ? Conclusions de la COP21
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Perrin, Dominique ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailAnalytical methods used to quantify isoflavones in cow's milk: a review
Daems, Frédéric ULg; Romnee, Jean-Michel; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Dairy Science and Technology (2016)

This paper provides an update and comprehensive review of the analytical methods used for quantifying isoflavones and their metabolites in cow’s milk. Isoflavones are secondary plant metabolites that are ... [more ▼]

This paper provides an update and comprehensive review of the analytical methods used for quantifying isoflavones and their metabolites in cow’s milk. Isoflavones are secondary plant metabolites that are similar to 17 β-estradiol in chemical structure. They form one of the most common categories of phytoestrogens. Numerous health benefits have been attributed to isoflavones, but many of these compounds are also considered to be endocrine disruptors, with adverse effects on health. These contradictory trends offer an attractive prospect for future research, and therefore, sensitive and reliable analytical methods are required to clarify various issues about isoflavones. For this review, a structured methodology was used to select 26 relevant articles published between 2005 and 2015 from the Scopus and CAB Abstract databases. The review discusses individual steps of the analytical procedures described in these articles, including sample preparation, instrumental analysis and validation. The most commonly used analytical procedure is sample preparation involving liquid-liquid extraction and an enzymatic hydrolysis step followed by liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry analysis. Currently, however, there is no standardized procedure for the sample preparation and analysis of isoflavones in milk. [less ▲]

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See detailTrophic diversity of seagrass detritus copepods: A consequence of species-specific specialization or a random diet?
Mascart, Thibaud; De Troch, Marleen; Remy, François ULg et al

in PeerJ PrePrints (2016, January 13), 4

One of the major ecological research questions is understanding how biodiversity influences ecosystem functioning. Unravelling interspecific feeding preferences of organisms with overlapping trophic ... [more ▼]

One of the major ecological research questions is understanding how biodiversity influences ecosystem functioning. Unravelling interspecific feeding preferences of organisms with overlapping trophic niches will give part of the answer. Subsequently, the present study displays the trophic diversity of a benthic copepod community in a North-Western Corsican Posidonia oceanica seagrass ecosystem. These seagrass meadows are often interrupted by bare sand patches serving as deposition area for loose detritus. The accumulated macrophytodetritus, mainly derived from senescent macrophytes, harbour a diverse community of Harpacticoida (Crustacea, Copepoda). The most abundant copepods (i.e. three harpacticoids and one calanoid, belonging to different eco-morphological types) and their potential food sources (i.e. macrophytodetritus, epiphytic biofilm and suspended organic matter) were analysed for stable isotope ratios (δ13C, δ15N) and total lipids content. The results revealed a harpacticoid copepod feeding preference towards the epiphytic biofilm, while calanoid copepods preferred suspended organic matter. Additionally, a species-specific composition variation revealed finer partitioning of food resources (e.g. different micro-organisms present in the biofilm like bacteria, diatoms, fungi) over time.In conclusion, results showed species-specific food preferences, resulting in trophic niche and resource partitioning. Every eco-morphological type seems to cope in different ways with temporal fluctuations of food sources to comply with their nutritional needs. This illustrates the high resilience of the copepod community present in macrophytodetritus accumulations. Moreover, our results underlined the importance of multiple biomarker species-specific analysis in trophic ecology studies, especially in complex and dynamic environments offering numerous food items to consumers. [less ▲]

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See detailL'évaluation des enseignements et les politique qualité au Liban et en Belgique
Detroz, Pascal ULg

Conference (2016, January 13)

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See detailLes polymères au service de la pharmacologie
Lecomte, Philippe ULg

Scientific conference (2016, January 12)

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See detailHow do Rhizobacterial Volatiles Influence Root System Architecture, Biomass Production and Allocation of the Model Grass Brachypodium distachyon?
Delaplace, Pierre ULg; Ormeño - Lafuente, Elena; Nguyen, Minh ULg et al

Conference (2016, January 12)

Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria are increasingly considered as a complement of conventional inputs in agricultural systems. Their effects on their host plants are diverse and include volatile ... [more ▼]

Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria are increasingly considered as a complement of conventional inputs in agricultural systems. Their effects on their host plants are diverse and include volatile-mediated growth enhancement. The present study aims at assessing the effects of bacterial volatile production on the biomass production and the root system architecture of Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv. (line Bd-21). An in vitro experimental set-up allowing plant-bacteria interaction through the gaseous phase without any physical contact was used to screen 19 bacterial strains for their growth promotion ability over a 10-day cocultivation period. Using principal component analysis followed by hierarchical clustering and two-way analysis of variance, five groups of bacteria were defined and characterized based on their combined influence on biomass production and root system architecture. The observed effects range from unchanged to highly increased biomass production coupled with increased root length and branching. Primary root length was only increased by the volatile compounds emitted by Enterobacter cloacae JM22 and Bacillus pumilus T4. Overall, the most significant results were obtained with Bacillus subtilis GB03 which induced a 81% increase in total biomass and enhanced total root length, total secondary root length and total adventitious root length by 88, 196 and 473% respectively. The analysis of the emission kinetics of bacterial volatile organic compounds is underway and should lead to the identification of volatile compounds candidates responsible for the observed growth promotion effects. Taking into account the inherent characteristics of our in vitro system, the next experimental steps are identified and discussed from a fundamental and applied viewpoint. [less ▲]

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See detailY-a-t-il des contre-indications à l'examen ENMG ?
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Scientific conference (2016, January 12)

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See detailA comparison of two stretching programs for hamstring muscles: A randomized controlled assessor-blinded study
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Wolfs, Sébastien ULg; Chevalier, Madeline et al

in Physiotherapy Theory & Practice (2016)

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See detailSpirals in protoplanetary disks
Christiaens, Valentin ULg

Scientific conference (2016, January 12)

Review on the different processes able to launch spiral arms in protoplanetary disks: gravitational instabilities, planet-disk interaction, shadows, stellar fly-by.

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See detailEffects of regional climate change on brown rust disease in winter wheat
JUNK, Jürgen; Kouadio, Louis; Delfosse, Philippe et al

in Climatic Change (2016)

Projected climate changes will affect wheat crop production both in the main processes of plant growth and development but also in the occurrences and severities of plant diseases. We assessed the ... [more ▼]

Projected climate changes will affect wheat crop production both in the main processes of plant growth and development but also in the occurrences and severities of plant diseases. We assessed the potential infection periods of wheat leaf rust (WLR) at two climatologically differentsites in Luxembourg. A threshold-based model, taking hourlyvalues of air temperatures, relative humidity and precipitation during night-time into account, was used for calculating favourable WLR infection days during three periods throughout the cropping season. Field experiments were conducted during the 2003–2013 period at the selected sites. Projected climate data, from a multi model ensemble of regional climate models (spatial resolution 25 km) as well as an additional projection with a higher spatial resolution of 1.3 km, were used for investigating the potential WLR infection periods for two future time spans. Results showed that the infections of WLR were satisfactorily simulated during the development of wheat at both sites for the 2003–2013 period. The probabilities of WLR detection were close to 1 and the critical success index ranged from 0.80 to 0.94 (perfect score = 1 for both). Moreover, the highest proportions of favourable days of WLR infection were simulated during spring and summer at both sites. Regional climate projections showed an increase in temperatures by 1.6 K for 2041–2050 and by 3.7 K for 2091–2100 compared to the reference period1991–2000. Positivetrends infavourableWLR infection conditions occur at both sites more conducive than in the reference period due to projected climatic conditions. [less ▲]

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