ENHANCING TEACHING USING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCES
University of Oviedo (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Computer Basis is a common subject for all the engineering degrees in the University of Oviedo's catalog of undergraduate degrees. This subject is included in the first term, with a total charge of 6 credits.
The content of this subject includes:
i) basic concepts and knowledge -information representation, logical operators, etc.-,
ii) a light introduction to computers -both hardware and software-,
iii) an overview to operating systems,
iv) a beginning to databases design, and
v) an introduction to computer programming.
As an interested reader might found out, these are a bit too much of contents for a quite reduced amount of credits. Consequently, in a term the students need to learn a wide variety of concepts, the most complex one is the introduction to programming; from no on, this study is focused on this content because is the most important part of the subject and the enhancement in teaching it is the aim of this research.
The history of teaching this subject among several years from the ESHE institution shows that the students are able to follow the subject till the face the programming loops and the functions. From this very moment, the difficulty in the learning of the programming elements gets increased; at the end of the term, the main part of the students fails in programming.
To tackle this problem we applied for a Teaching Innovative Project at University of Oviedo. This project considered its deployment in the Mieres Poly-technique School because the bilingual program has a suitable number of enrolled students. This project aims to request information from the students, the students process the gathered information as well, so they are the actors that finally propose the improvement actions to consider. A web tool was used to carry out with all the surveys. This procedure has been repeated twice, once for the programming loops, the second one for the programming functions. All this process is detailed in this contribution, together with the obtained results and the students experience and welfare.
Finally, this project also involved the students in writing this contribution as part of their tuition. It is known that writing technical documents is not easy; the students do not have a specific subject to learn how to cope with this. Therefore, they work all together in writing the section concerning their experience, so they need to develop a suitable writing style and try to fit with the remaining contribution. A shared web tool was used for writing and discussing the content of this study.
Therefore, this study:
i) explains the whole initiative,
ii) explains the chosen web tools, and
iii) discusses the obtained partial results.
The students were also involved in the development of this manuscript.
Keywords: Survey, Student experience, Well-sorted, Team work.