AUTONOMOUS AND COLLABORATIVE LEARNING BY DOING A ZOTERO LIBRARY ON FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
1 Universitat de Barcelona (SPAIN)
2 Universitat Rovira i Virgili (SPAIN)
3 Universitat de Girona (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:In current higher education, working towards an education-learning model that places students in the center, we need to facilitate their autonomous and collaborative learning, as well as their skills to develop research projects. However, higher education students find it difficult to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools for the management of bibliographic information in their research projects when they work autonomously. In this regard, our project aims to facilitate their autonomous and collaborative learning through the construction, use and dissemination of an on-line Zotero library on feminist research methodologies. This project is interuniversity and interdisciplinary. It is being carried out with postgraduate students on gender and women studies, as well as students of sociology, both graduate and postgraduate ones. For this communication, on one hand, we briefly introduce the project and its specifics. On the other hand, we analyse the implementation of its first two phases - firstly, the design of the project and its materials, and secondly the construction of the on-line library through selecting, managing and evaluating bibliography items. Our main results show that students experience several difficulties and a great diversity of starting points to effectively use ICT tools such as Zotero. However, they understood the usefulness of ICT tools like Zotero and showed great satisfaction in learning to select, organize and evaluate bibliographic references autonomously and in collaboration. In addition, they have developed their ability to think critically about the content of feminist research methodologies. In this regard, we conclude that, with the creation of specific tasks and guidelines to balance class levels, integrating ICT tools like Zotero in education can work to facilitate autonomous and collaborative learning and improve student’s skills in developing research projects.
Keywords: Autonomous learning, collaborative learning, on-line learning, feminist methodologies, Zotero.