TEACHER TRAINING IN HIGHER EDUCATION AS A KEY TO THE SUCCESS IN E-LEARNING EDUCATION. THE EXPERIENCE OF THE MADRID OPEN UNIVERSITY (UDIMA)
UDIMA Madrid Open University (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Teacher training in higher education stands as one of the key and most representative factors to achieve a quality education . Thus, training courses intended for university professors are one of the basic pillars on which the continuous improvement of university education is settled. In this regard, it is relevant that, today, higher education takes place in completely new contexts and environments. Furthermore, these scenarios are changing, so education must be effectively adapted to them in the same way. From this initial standpoint, this work's main priority is to provide an overview of the teacher training courses presently designed by different universities. A special emphasis will be laid on the challenging goal that UDIMA has taken on by supporting its teaching and learning methodology with new Information and Communication Technologies, while keeping a student-focused approach. The Madrid Open University is one of the highest teaching quality options within the broad higher education community in Spain.
With this paper the authors, Mercedes Raquel Garcia Revilla, professor of Business and Tourist Activities and Work Sciences, and Richard Mababu Mukiur, professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations intend to accomplish a quantitative and descriptive approach , whose main sources of information have been provided by the University. The aim is to analyze this information and thereupon reflect on its courses (in various existing categories) targeted at teachers, in order to explain why UDIMA may be considered a model for quality education.
The main findings of this ongoing investigation let us emphasize that there is a significant diversity of topics in UDIMA's training offer for its employees (languages, computers, etc.), which ultimately benefits the offer of quality education for the students of our university.
Keywords: UDIMA, New Information Technologies and Communication, quality, higher education.