Case Study: The Use of Wikis As a Teaching-Learning Tool in Science Subjects

Abstract

In recent years the university studies have change, at all Spanish Universities, together with some other universities from 45 European countries. The Bologna Accord made us change our qualifications and the educational system at the same time. We moved away from a teaching-as-instruction system towards a student-centred system. That has led us to modify the usual teaching tools to get advantages from the technologies. Some teachers at the University of Salamanca (Spain) from different science departments work together to share ideas, methodologies, and resources to improve our educational system. We teach topics like Physics, Climate, Mathematics, or Cryptography in Bachelor�s Degrees like Biotechnology, Agrifood Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Computer Engineering in Information Technologies, respectively. We present in this paper some of the results obtained using wikis as a teaching and learning tool in those qualifications. Furthermore, we will detail the assessment process using wikis, and we will compare the methodology followed during the course. One of the objectives in regard the Wikis use is to engage students in research and development of their competences and skills acquired during the course. Evaluating the educational innovation, we found aspects that reveal the potential of the Wikis as an interesting instrument that facilitates the collaborative work.



Author Information
Ascension Hernandez Encinas, University of Salamanca, Spain
Cristina Prieto Calvo, University of Salamanca, Spain
Araceli Queiruga Dios, University of Salamanca, Spain
Concepcion Rodriguez Puebla, University of Salamanca, Spain

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Conference: ECTC2014
Stream: Wikis

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