CHANGING THE WAY OF TEACHING TO EMPOWER STUDENTS’ LEARNING
Technologies and communications existing in today´s world have changed people's lifestyle, both in their personal life and in their work environment. The amount of information available today, as well as the means of access to information, was unimaginable some years ago. Education in general, but mainly Universities, must adapt to these changes, developing in their graduates skills and competences that will let them face the future world.
Today's students adapt better to change, because they have grown up in a world that is constantly changing, and have been practically born with technology. This fact should improve student learning when teaching, as a basis to develop competencies and skills that they will later use in their professional lives.
Therefore, it is necessary to make changes in the way of teaching, by introducing innovation, modifying the dynamics of the classes, taking into account the interests of the students, and attending to their different styles of learning.
These changes are being attempted in numerical analysis courses at Facultad Regional San Nicolás from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, from Argentina, applying the flipped classroom model which implies an outright change in the way of dealing with face-to-face classes, as well as in the home activities students have to deal with.
This paper presents the innovations made in the development of the issue “Nonlinear Equations“ during the current year and the obtained learning outcomes in two courses, one with less than twenty students, and the other with almost sixty.