Universidad Complutense de Madrid (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Page: 993 (abstract only)
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain
Sometimes undergraduates have not many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities. It has been identified benefits associated with specific involvement projects that could be valuable when students are advised to “get involved”. Extracurricular development involves attention, commitment and time to spend engaged in this activity. This kind of project helps students to connect with their institution and develop attachment that encourages seeking information that facilitates social interaction by increasing friendships between classmates and faculty. Additionally, faculty–student interaction can facilitate academic achievement by encouraging students to expend more effort on educational activities.

With this objective, we intend to establish a system of online surveys for students in veterinary toxicology which is structured in three parts: student profile, organization of the course and satisfaction of the activity and suggestions for improvement. So, the survey can evaluate aspects such as teachers work, delivered materials, subject structure and lesson duration. These online surveys should help to equip students with a wide range of transferable skills and competencies.

The application of online surveys in extracurricular university activities, especially the activities which are in shorter forms as conferences and / or seminar, has generally a smaller endowment and human resources. The use of TICs tools in the virtual platform is a promising alternative with a lower cost compared to the traditional model of collecting surveys. The use of these online tools can overcome the obstacles of lack of resources for the evaluation of the quality of extracurricular activities. Feedback from students and their views are the key to ensure the viability and success of the design of future courses. The benefits of successful feedback set in the context of learning outcomes are many. For example, successful feedback will give confidence in the students and motivate students to improve their learning, provide students with performance improvement information, correct errors and identify strengths and weaknesses.