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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF TOURISM ECONOMICS: THE EXPERIENCE OF GITETUR

R. Fuentes-Pascual, A. Lillo-Bañuls

Universidad de Alicante (SPAIN)
The application of new technology to higher education is undoubtedly an essential element for improving the open and flexible teaching-learning processes in our universities. The University of Alicante is immersed in a process of incorporating technological resources applied to education based on, among other measures, the actions of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office of Educational Technology and Innovation. As part of this process a teaching research group has been set up (Gite Tur) in order to introduce educational technology innovations designed to improve the teaching of tourism. This paper describes the experience of the innovation introduced by the teaching staff involved in this initiative which has fundamentally consisted of the creation of a wiki (WikiTur) and a blog (BlogTur) through which students are able to make their contributions in relation to the different topics covered in the subject “An Introduction to Economics”, which is taught in the Tourism Diploma course. Furthermore, based on the information provided by the teaching staff and that obtained through a student survey, an analysis of the results of this experience has been carried out in order to identify the positive aspects as well as to define the modifications that could be implemented in the future in order to improve this process of using technological resources in teaching this subject.