A TEACHING INNOVATION PROJECT IN COMPUTER NETWORK TECHNOLOGY SUBJECTS
University of Jaen (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2010 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 15-17 November, 2010
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:This work presents the obtained experience in the development of a teaching innovation project in which a new methodology has been applied to four computer network subjects that belong to different degrees at the University of Jaen: Digital Network Architecture (Ingeniería Técnica de Telecomunicación); Networks, Services and Systems I (Ingeniería de Telecomunicación); Communication Networks Management (Ingeniería de Telecomunicación); and Computer Networks (Ingeniería Técnica Industrial).
The teaching innovation project proposes that the students work in groups in order that each group develops a project that includes several aspects of the different subjects. The main objective of the proposed methodology is to improve the following aspects: autonomous learning, work group, active attitude in the learning process, expression aptitude and criticism, theory application and curriculum diversification.
The teaching project comprises the following activities: a) to present the selected projects to the students; b) to teach additional classes regarding the projects; c) to order the needed material; d) to execute projects; e) to present and evaluate the results that have been obtained in each working group; and f) to carry out a survey.
The results obtained in the teaching project show that the participating students have improve their skills and marks and have developed autonomously several tasks including preliminary study of the state of the art, documentation and selection of hardware and software, develop of their project, design and develop of tests and experiments, analysis of results, obtaining conclusions, documentation and oral presentation.
Keywords: Teaching innovation, computer network.