ENHANCING LEARNING ACCORDING TO EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
University of Oviedo (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2009 Proceedings
Publication year: 2009
Conference name: 2nd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2009
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:The Escuela Politécnica Superior de Ingeniería de Gijón (EPSIG) is actually working to adapt the Telecommunication Engineer degree to the European Space of Higher Education (ESHE) and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
In this sense we are developing a project to coordinate the different actions of the first course of the Telecommunications Engineer degree. The features we try are the following:
1. To elaborate a student guide according to the ESHE and ECTS. The project started in 2008. During the 2008-2009 academic course, the teaching team have elaborated the student guide of each course. The student guide contains the skills the students must work in the subject as well as the activities designed for getting them.
2. To coordinate the content of the different subjects to avoid duplicating the same content and to unify notation.
3. To organize the design of common activities among the different subjects to better understand the global background of the courses.
4. To synchronize the allocation of the homework to avoid overloads. Besides, the evaluation points are also coordinated.
5. To evaluate the challenges of the next introduction of these methodologies in the whole degree.
6. To educate and prepare the teaching team to this transition.
7. To study the time required by the students to prepare the different subjects.
8. To analyze the effective cost of this experience mainly through the increase of the teaching team dedication.
In this work the results of this experience are discussed, emphasizing the most critical points of that. This work has also the challenge of analyzing the additional work the teaching team has to do. Besides, we are also interested in knowing the students’ opinion with regard to the experience itself as well as to its critical aspects, as the designed activities, the homework and the coordination among the different subjects.
Keywords: european space of high education, ects, course coordination.