ENHANCEMENT OF SKILLS THROUGH AN OPTIONAL SUBJECT USING GOOGLE APPS
The Degree of Oenology at the University of Extremadura (UEx) was implemented during 2010/11. Among the optional subjects that are offered for 4th year, "Wine and Health" is teaching for the first time during the second half of this scholar year 2013/14.
Due to the low number of students enrolled in the Enology Degree in general and in this subject in particular, the teachers believe that it necessary to make the subject more attractive and motivating as possible.
Among the competencies that are intended to develop in this subject, we highlight three:
1. Capacity for analysis and synthesis; Organization and planning; Expression both oral and written; Communicate a clear and precise way, the knowledge and findings to both specialist a non-specialist public.
2. Knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English).
3. Use of the most appropriate technologies of information and communication (TIC’s) in every situation.
Since the subject was divided in theoretical lectures and seminars, and in order to be able to enhance these skills, he thought in the form of carrying out the seminars.
To this end, seminars were raised as follows: at beginning of the course, at the first seminar, students are taught to search for information in databases and electronic journals to which there is access from the library of the UEx (1). Once the students became familiar with the web, and databases (almost all in English) and e-journals, they were asked to find information on a specific topic related to "Wine and health". For example, "wine and health", "resveratrol and health", "antioxidant and wine", etc.
Each student conducted his/her search and downloaded the files that consider more interesting on his/her personal computer. Subsequently, these files were saved in a folder created by the professor in Google Drive and shared with them, so that in this way, all students had access to the information.
At the next meeting of the seminar, each student chose one of the works (in English) and summed up, in a Google Docs document. In this way, all students can write in anytime, anywhere (with an internet connection) and always they have the information that added the other students.
When all the works were summarized, they proceeded to share the information and subsequently made a presentation, using another tool from Google, in this case, Google Presentation. Finally, they went to their oral presentation in public.
This subject assigned the 25% of the final qualification at seminars. As large amount of information is handled, the organization of ideas, the ability to synthesize all the information and oral exposure were taken into account. For a particular student, of 25% of the score, a 15% was assigned for the teacher and the 10% remaining, was assigned by the students through a survey, of course, made with the Google Form, that they can fill in the classroom from their mobile phones.
Even before the end of the course, we can see that the level of effort of the students is still large. In addition, it has been observed that the students show a great interest in the subject, which is checked by their active participation in class and continuing assistance. Anyway, at the end of course a questionnaire will be performed to know their level of satisfaction.