INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES IN MASTER-LEVEL SUBJECTS: A PRACTICAL APPROACH
The use of IT technologies has been progressively increased since the beginning of the Bologna Process. An increased variety of graduate-level degrees has also been observed. In the particular case of the University of Valencia, there are more than one hundred official Masters, as a consequence of the higher rate of students currently pursuing master-level studies.
Consequently, the use of IT tools has been brought into this educational level. In this regard, good results were obtained thanks to an electronic voting system (EVS), which was tested for a main subject of quantitative nature part of the Master’s in Quality Management degree.
Encouraged by these results, teachers decided to apply the same methodology in an optional subject in the same Master’s, this time with an increased amount of quantitative-related contents. The goals were stablished as follows: identification of the strong and weak points by the end of each lecture; invigoration of the lessons and increased students’ academic performance.
The results obtained show how the goals were not only achieved but exceeded: the rate of right guesses for the questions presented during the lessons, when using the EVS, increased continuously while never going below 78%. An increased involvement of the students was also observed, whom even used their new acquired knowledge as a tool in their Final Degree Projects. All of the students attended and passed the exam. Finally, the average mark granted by the students