JMATHWIKI, SELF-STUDY ONLINE VIA A KNOWLEDGE BASE
Framed in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA from now on), self-study, already considered essential for a time in university education, has taken a key role. Students will need to provide tools and methods that enable them to fill knowledge gaps, or simply expand their knowledge, increase their skills and cognitive abilities, without their teachers being in front of them.
On the other hand, the increasing amount of material to learn leads us to another fundamental objective, namely, to get people with organizational capacity of their own learning. Printed material, due to its inevitable sequentiality, does not seem the most appropriate instrument for current students. Although in recent years it has tried to involve students and teachers in the use of new technologies, the situation does not seem to have changed very much. However, a solution seems to be knowledge bases (a special type of database), since this instrument enables students to be active and increase its capacity for reflection, develop critical thinking skills, integrate new knowledge, become a responsible player in first person from the own learning.
Finally, the proposal of standards academically guided activities is one of the difficulties encountered by teachers in our disciplinary areas, due to the high number of students (about 120 per group) and also to the characteristics of the subjects of our areas, and apart from having observed that this piece of adaptation to the EHEA has been the least accepted by students. Therefore, it seems reasonable to exploit the technological resources, nowadays very extended and accessible for all students, in order to use the knowledge base that previously we have talked about, as a generator of an attractive activity for our students, trying to involve them in their self-education.