IMPORTANCE OF CLASSWORK ACTIVITIES IN GRAPHIC EXPRESSION SUBJECT: A CASE STUDY IN ENGINEERING DEGREES

Graphic Expression is a first course subject common to several engineering degrees at Universitat Jaume I. Its content is taught by means of theoretical and practical lessons, and evaluation is performed via three exams (two mid exams and one final exam). Even though students attend to practical lessons and are participative, teachers have been noticing a lack of interest in the theoretical content of the subject during last years. This lack of interest has been reflected in aspects such as class attendance, participation in class or scores in theoretical part of exams. Therefore, aiming to promote their interest, subject’s teachers introduced this academic course several classwork activities. Those activities were tailored to apply the main contents exposed during the lesson and also to train other competences as self-assessment, peer reviewing or teamwork. In this work we assess the effects of introducing these classwork activities by means of different methods. Scores obtained this course in the theoretical part of the first mid exam were compared with those obtained the past course. Furthermore, students were asked to answer a questionnaire regarding the perceived benefit of introducing classwork activities. Effects observed in scores, as well as students’ perception are presented in this work.