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Pages: 6651-6658
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-613-9386-2
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain


C. Fernández-Pacheco Estrada, A. Doval Pais

Universidad de Alicante (SPAIN)
Since 2008, we take part in a pilot project on B-learning applied to the degree in Criminology at the University of Alicante. This meant that the number of in-site classes was drastically reduced, increasing the distance learning hours. As a result, the curricular design of the course Criminal Policy had to be completely and thoroughly reformed.

I. In order to fully grasp the final structure and methodology of the course, a set of preconditions need to be pointed out:

1) Criminal Policy (Política Criminal) is currently a 6 credits (60 hours) course, included in the second year of the degree in Criminology. Due to the necessary adaptation to the European Space of Superior Education, it is designed as a 7 ECTS course. The goal of the course is to enhance critical analysis of current criminal policies applied in modern societies.
2) The new conditions according to the B-learning project were the following:
• In-site classes were reduced to 50% (2 hours per week, one semester)
• Number of students was 45 per group
• On-line classes should not be understood as mere “homework”, but should be devised as real classes, where the students actively learn, taking advantage of new technologies.
3) The University of Alicante provides a unique platform for this kind of on-line experiences, called Campus Virtual, which resembles in many aspects to Moodle.

II. The design of the course

Taking these aspects into account, the course was designed in 6 didactic units:
0) Presentation: overview of the course, methodology, grading system, useful information, etc.
1) The concept of Criminal Policy (introductory unit)
2) The methodological problem
3) Criminal Policy Limits
4) Current trends
5) Materialization of modern criminal policies in Spain

Each of the units includes reading material, on line and in site activities, discussion, as well as on line tests to revise the basic concepts learnt.

Additionally 2 cinema sessions were carried out, in which students could watch on line fragments of films and debate about the aspects related to the course as appearing in the film.

III. Experience

The experience has so far been very positive.

• Advantages: the techniques applied encourage active learning and increase the student’s motivation. Feedback is sufficiently ensured.
• Downsides: every detail must be carefully thought as a mistake can raise 80 consults asking for clarification! A great amount of time is needed to correct and perform necessary follow-up of every students; this requires a high degree of organization in the port-folio, as the final result would be that each students has a minimum of 8 to 10 marks. Technology can sometimes appear as an obstacle, particularly when it fails.

IV. Poster

The poster would consist of a visual depiction of the system employed, showing the structure of the course and a more detailed representation of one unit, describing sections, contents and goals, as well as the concrete technology applied.

Three parts will be distinguished:

• Part one: general information
• Part two: images of a unit with explanations
• Part three: experience, drawbacks, advantages, future improvements

The images viewed would be those of a real unit as seen by students in the University of Alicante on-line platform (translated to English) and text boxes would be further used to make every part of it clear. A final part of the diagram would be used to outline basic aspects, framing the experience in the Bologna process context.
author = {Fern{\'{a}}ndez-Pacheco Estrada, C. and Doval Pais, A.},
series = {2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN10 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-613-9386-2},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {5-7 July, 2010},
year = {2010},
pages = {6651-6658}}
AU - C. Fernández-Pacheco Estrada AU - A. Doval Pais
SN - 978-84-613-9386-2/2340-1117
PY - 2010
Y1 - 5-7 July, 2010
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN10 Proceedings
SP - 6651
EP - 6658
ER -
C. Fernández-Pacheco Estrada, A. Doval Pais (2010) INNOVATING TOWARDS THE BOLOGNA PROCESS: B-LEARNING IN CRIMINAL POLICY, EDULEARN10 Proceedings, pp. 6651-6658.