TECHNOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION : THE ATTITUDE OF STUDENTS ON THE USE OF WIKI AND BLOG
Universidad de Alicante (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 4th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 14-16 November, 2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:New Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are being increasingly employed in all areas of society and the economy. The application of new technologies to higher education is, without a doubt, an essential element for improving the open and flexible teaching-learning processes of using virtual tools and IT and technological processes. This is particularly important for students of Tourism, a sector in which the relationship with technological and IT processes and their every-day use is becoming increasingly necessary.
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 economics objectives related to new Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) was the introduction of the assiduous use by students of a wiki (WikiTur) and a blog (BlogTur) in which the students are able to make their contributions with respect to the different topics comprising the subject of Economics which forms part of the Tourism Degree course.
This paper analyzes the attitude of university students in these new technological tools that have been introduced and the results of this experience, and the evaluation of new methods of innovation and educational technology that will be phased in by the teachers involved in this initiative. The adoption of new teaching-learning methods including information and communication technologies has enabled students of economics in the tourism degree to make contributions and carry out a feedback of the knowledge learned both with their teachers and with their fellow students through the use of the blog and the wiki accessed via the Internet.
Keywords: New Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), wiki (WikiTur) blog (BlogTur), educational attitudes of tecnological innovation.