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Pages: 2547-2554
Publication year: 2009
ISBN: 978-84-612-7578-6
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 3rd International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 9-11 March, 2009
Location: Valencia, Spain

LEARN IT YOURSELF: HOW THE SAME COMPUTER-BASED CLASSES CAN BE USED IN UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND AS A SCIENTIFIC LITERACY TOOL

In the context of the European Higher Education Area, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has been generalized over the last years as an innovative way of improving the teaching-learning process. Obviously, university students are the primary target of innovation, but we submit that many of these ICT products could also be readily adapted as suitable tools for scientific literacy with a modicum of flexibility and creativity. In this presentation, we will show two computer-based practical classes of zoology and botany which are devised for second-year students at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Valencia (Spain), i.e., the functional morphology of the mammalian skull and a field trip to a protected area to recognize plants and animals understanding their ecological relationships in different habitats. In the university context, these computer-based tools are intended to be used, inter alia, as a pedagogic aid before or after attendance to actual classes (or even as a substitute, if attendance is not possible); to foster autonomous learning (even at home) and critical thinking, and to promote group discussion. However, these classes were also designed to be self-explanatory, and an effort was made to simplify technical knowledge and to link it to everyday facts through easy and understandable ways. Accordingly, we believe that both practical classes could be useful for anyone who, having a minimum background, is interested in these topics, particularly if contents can be accessed freely via the Internet. Apart from bringing university labor to society, this approach will hopefully illustrate that good scientific knowledge can often be conveyed in simple terms.
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author = {Aznar, FJ. and Fern{\'{a}}ndez, M. and Radu{\'{a}}n, MA. and Balbuena, JA. and Blanco, C. and Jim{\'{e}}nez, R. and L{\'{a}}zaro, D. and Lluch, J. and Montero, FE. and Navarro, P. and Peris, FJ. and Raga, JA. and Rausell, V. and S{\'{a}}nchez, M. and Selfa, J. and Puche, F. and Capaccioni, R.},
title = {LEARN IT YOURSELF: HOW THE SAME COMPUTER-BASED CLASSES CAN BE USED IN UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND AS A SCIENTIFIC LITERACY TOOL},
series = {3rd International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2009 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-612-7578-6},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {9-11 March, 2009},
year = {2009},
pages = {2547-2554}}
TY - CONF
AU - FJ. Aznar AU - M. Fernández AU - MA. Raduán AU - JA. Balbuena AU - C. Blanco AU - R. Jiménez AU - D. Lázaro AU - J. Lluch AU - FE. Montero AU - P. Navarro AU - FJ. Peris AU - JA. Raga AU - V. Rausell AU - M. Sánchez AU - J. Selfa AU - F. Puche AU - R. Capaccioni
TI - LEARN IT YOURSELF: HOW THE SAME COMPUTER-BASED CLASSES CAN BE USED IN UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND AS A SCIENTIFIC LITERACY TOOL
SN - 978-84-612-7578-6/2340-1079
PY - 2009
Y1 - 9-11 March, 2009
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 3rd International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2009 Proceedings
SP - 2547
EP - 2554
ER -
FJ. Aznar, M. Fernández, MA. Raduán, JA. Balbuena, C. Blanco, R. Jiménez, D. Lázaro, J. Lluch, FE. Montero, P. Navarro, FJ. Peris, JA. Raga, V. Rausell, M. Sánchez, J. Selfa, F. Puche, R. Capaccioni (2009) LEARN IT YOURSELF: HOW THE SAME COMPUTER-BASED CLASSES CAN BE USED IN UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND AS A SCIENTIFIC LITERACY TOOL, INTED2009 Proceedings, pp. 2547-2554.
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