Universitat Jaume I (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Pages: 124-128
ISBN: 978-84-616-2661-8
ISSN: 2340-1079
Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
This study explores the impact of cooperative learning practice from the methodological point of view, under the tenets of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and after the implementation in small groups (<50 students) for Undergraduate level classes. The project is driven by a vocation for innovation in the learning process that enables students to take responsibility for their own learning and, by unifying objectives, for that of their peers. This aim requires the modification to the way the course is approached, as well as the reorganization of classroom tasks to create an interactive space. The interest of this project lies in the approach of the cooperative working as a technique introduced within the classroom to gain dynamism and a deeper skills development. Results obtained by a questionnaire show that the learning process is better consolidated, students' motivation is strengthened and their co-responsibility is enhanced following the cooperative learning experience. Thus, innovation in methodologies that do not clearly respond to the standard methodology profile in the Spanish university environment undoubtedly remains a big challenge, but the results are such promising to make the learning process more effective and dynamic.
Experiences in Undergraduate Education, Enhancing learning, Lifelong learning.