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

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Use of emerging technologies in flipped classes
Carme Huguet, Jillian Pearse, Leslie F. Noè, Nataly Castillo Ruiz, Diego Valencia, Alexa Jimenez Heredia, Mónica Andrea Patiño Avedaño

Last modified: 08-06-2017

Abstract


The need for this innovation stems from the constraints of teaching an applied science course to a large cohort of approximately 500 students which makes it impossible to include practical activities. This was compounded by the fact that the course had students with different levels of science knowledge. The aim of our pedagogic innovation was two-fold: to make the basic concepts more understandable for a broad audience of non-science major students; and to maintain a level of difficulty and rigour sufficient to challenge and provide a sound basis for students from the Geosciences undergraduate program. We used a flipped classroom strategy supported by the use of information and communication technologies. Material was provided online before the class so students could aquire basic concepts and identify gaps in their knowledge, and in the classroom the concepts were applied in group activities. Additionally we used the online quiz tool Socrative for students to self-assess their learning. This work was supported by post-class follow-up activities. As a result we observed a substantial increased in student motivation and engagement in their learning process and greater interaction between students and between students and teachers


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