THE “PROYECTO AULA” OF THE UNIVERSIDAD VERACRUZANA TO NEARLY FOUR YEARS OF ITS INITIAL PROPOSAL IN THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING VERACRUZ, ACHIEVEMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
Universidad Veracruzana (MEXICO)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 4-5 March, 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The "Proyecto Aula" (PA) -Classroom Project- of the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) has gone through several stages from its conception and initial implementation. The academic community, teachers and students who have implemented the methodologies and strategies suggested by this initiative have given their opinions both for and against the project. The UV rectory has made significant efforts to make PA apply to each and every one of the educational programs offered, the reality is that while PA coverage has grown considerably, it is yet not total. It is just not easy for such a significant change in the current paradigm of teaching and learning to consolidate in a span of less than four years in an institution as large as it is the UV.
In the Faculty of Engineering / Veracruz, progress has been significant and an important number of teachers have embraced the project and apply it daily in their teaching practice. At first, of course, there was rejection and misunderstanding of the fundamental ideas of PA; it seemed to be a radical change in the teaching practice and that, instead of helping, became an obstacle.
Over time, the curriculum of the courses have been adapted to the proposal of the PA so that today we can say that it is not surprising that students and teachers relate to PA with familiarity. The expectation is to reach 100% coverage in engineering programs taught in the Faculty.
New ideas are already being used to consolidate the PA throughout the UV, and this document refers to such concepts as well.
This work contributes to the dissemination of information that may be of value to academics involved in innovation projects in the field of higher education.
Keywords: Educational innovation, teaching and learning process, competencies, teaching strategies, instructional design.