Universitat Jaume I (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2012 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Pages: 322-327
ISBN: 978-84-616-0763-1
ISSN: 2340-1095
Conference name: 5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 19-21 November, 2012
Location: Madrid, Spain
During the last two academic years we have had the double challenge in creating the new subject of technical projects for Grade II Building Engineering:
First: create an entirely new subject framed in the adaptation of the old diploma in “Arquitectura Técnica”, in the process of adaptation to the Bologna process.
Second: adapt this subject, and their new learning process for former graduates of “Arquitectura Técnica”, from newly qualified students to professionals with over 30 years experience.
This experience has been a challenge on the one hand, and on the other one a great experiment in real time.
If we add that this experiment has been a teaching system to support blended learning systems through online platforms and also with delocalization of teaching: the University is moving (in these case the teacher) where there is the need to pursue that course of adaptation, the experience becomes unique and totally new.
The Bologna process is a radical change in the educational system which prioritizes the student practical work and the self-learning teaching system tutored by teachers. Both factors were provided when planning the teaching of this subject with the added difficulty of having a group of students that is used to this way of working (recent graduates) and other (former graduates) that have much experience but a lack of habit to study.
Combining the needs of both groups totally different between them and create interest in the subject and in the learning system for both of them was something we were concerned how to deal with for the teacher team from the beginning.
Technical Projects II is a subject with a strong normative base. It has helped us in this process, due to the constant updating of the normative. It was a discovery as so for recent finished students as for the expert professionals, who always appreciated to remember or adapt to the new regulation and to apply in their professional skills.
The evaluation system was also novel. It has consisted in the delivery and subsequent public defense of a project, drawn from a proposal made by the teachers applied to an architectural project proposed by the students and developed by working groups form by 3 to 5 people.
The result of the educational experience has been highly satisfactory for the quality of work, for the objectives achieved by students and by the degree of acceptance of this ratified in teaching evaluation surveys.
Bologna, Degree, Engineer, Building.