M.A. Martinez, M. Martínez, E. Ramos, A. Romero, V. Castellano, I. Ares

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Veterinaria (SPAIN)
In the subject of Toxicology we propose alternative methods for teaching as review lessons for large groups of students such as those existing in Veterinary and Pharmacy degrees. They are based on observations within the university, educational theory and psychology. The amount of work placed upon the teacher and students and the type of evaluation of each technique has to be considered. The most innovative methodologies European Higher Education Framework (EES) emphasize self-learning, guided work, the connection between theory and practice, the approach to the reality of work and cooperative learning. The student must participate and take responsibility for their learning process dynamic and active way. In this context, self-evaluation is a tool by which the students are involved in the assessment of their activities, to recognize their progress, achievements and difficulties. The teacher has to redirect learning and also assess their own performance.

The review lessons activity consist of in a competition on knowledge of the topics of review. We must form 15 teams of 6 students per day. Each team will make 10 questions reviewed and evaluated by teachers. Classmates must answer the questions in a maximum time of 2 minutes. If a team failed the next group could answer that question. At the end, you count the total number of hits for each group. The rest of the class does their own self-assessment about the questions exposed and they can act as active public in the discussion. 300 questions are formulated which covering different thematic areas of the subject. Students involved are evaluated as a complementary activity. As for the results, the number of students who will pass the examination of the subject at the end of the course is expected to be higher than previous years. This experience shows that the review lessons classes are used for self-assessment and set ideas in the students and simultaneously help in the teaching process for the teacher.