DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT OF SELF-LEARNING MATERIAL FOR THE SUBJECT CRYSTALLINE SOLIDS: A GUIDE FOR PHARMACY STUDENTS BASED ON THE USE OF INTERNET

G. Barandika Argoitia, J. Beitia, I. Ruiz de Larramendi, M. Fidalgo

Universidad del País Vasco, Departamento de Química Inorgánica (SPAIN)
The university plays a critical role in the transformation of society, and therefore excellence in teaching, research, and transfer of knowledge are required. In this sense, the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) has developed the IKD concept attached to the teaching-learning process. This concept also connects with institutional policies that encourage cooperation between those involved in teaching, in a climate of confidence and dynamism through the promotion of educational material. In fact, the IKD concept is related to the curriculum development, and one of its key points is the encouragement of the self-learning process. With this aim, the design of new tools promoting this process is crucial, in order to enhance the acquisition of both specific and transversal competences, as long as to assimilate and use the body of knowledge of a particular subject.
The work herein presented corresponds to an innovation project in education that has been granted by the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU), and it is linked to the Inorganic Chemistry field. In fact, the scope is the subject "Crystalline Solids", where the skills are a good chemical background, an adequate spatial vision, and firm mathematical and geometric concepts, specially, those related to symmetry.
The scope of action before us is the teaching and learning of the subject "Crystalline Solids" traditionally linked to the knowledge area of Inorganic Chemistry. In this sense, one of the major difficulties is that we have been detecting related to the acquisition of both specific and transversal competences, as long as the assimilation and use of the body of knowledge in this field requires not only a knowledge base but adequate chemical and spatial vision also well developed and a firm base on which to mathematical and geometric concepts relates symmetry.
In order to promote the later skills, the whole teaching team involved in that subject at the Pharmacy Faculty has prepared a guide for students where the use of several web pages is recommended and analysed. The guide leads the student through the concepts of ionic radius, prediction of crystalline structures, and lattice energy to encourage the self-learning.
In order to evaluate the efficiency of this guide, the project also includes the comparison of the students` marks in previous years, where this material was not available, and after the implementation of this project. This comparison is also analysed in the present work.