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USING B-LEARNING AND OPEN COURSE WARE AS TOOLS FOR LEARNING OF STUDENTS IN THE EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION AREA

M.V. Carbonell, E. Martínez, M. Florez

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)
In the last years many European member States have introduced their own different national credit-based education innovations. Most have also reformed their education and training systems to adjust them to the realities of the global dimension of the education sector. These developments are clearly linked to the creation of a common European Higher Education Area.
The main objective of the European Higher Education Area is to enable students to learn by themselves. Universities have to incorporate advances in techniques into conventional classroom instruction practices. Then, we have the opportunity of exploring new ways of teaching and learning, emphasizing the role of students in the learning process.
This paper develops interactive self-paced computer-based lectures, specially designed for engineer students using the internet. The proposed teaching methodology combines the constructivist approach -which enables students to acquire knowledge meaningful to them through interaction and the objectivist approach in which students passively receive information via computer based lectures.
On the one hand, traditional Physics course is presented attractively and interactively with standard material, plus links to animated simulations, communication tools and information available on the web, by using the B-learning model. For our purpose we have implemented the online Physics course in the Moodle platform as an enhancement of the face-to-face course.
On the other hand we propose students to use of the OCW Physics course. The OCW initiative aims to show publicly, so all absolutely free teaching materials that teachers use in their classrooms, as well as the organization of teaching subjects and courses that are taught at MIT.