Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, First International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Analysis of Students’ Off-Site Work in Current University Studies
Eva Antonino-Daviu, David de Andrés-Martínez, Alberto Palomares-Chust, Juan Carlos Ruiz-García, Carmina Gisbert-Doménech, Antonio Peña-Cerdán, Jose Vicente Ballester-Server, Carlos Villavieja-Llorente

Last modified: 10-06-2015

Abstract


This paper analyses to what extent, and how, student’s off-site work can be used to improve students’ onsitelearning experience and enrich the course evaluation process. The work presented focuses on gathering andanalysing different information related to the off-site work carried out by students in various Bachelor and Mastercourses taught at the Universitat Politècnica de València. Results show that there is not a clear relationship betweenthe time devoted to a given task and the attained results, but they highlight especial cases to be considered, like anumber of students that devote excessive time to the task but get poor marks. Moreover, the lack of adequatesupervision of off-site work leads to situations where teachers underestimate or overestimate this time. Supervision ofstudent’s off-site work is thus an essential asset for adequately tuning and improving courses content and scheduling,providing meaningful feedback to students, and rewarding the personal work they invest on tasks, something of majorimportance for keeping students’ motivation in continuous learning and evaluation processes.

http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/HEAd15.2015.340


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