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IV Symposium on Teaching Innovation and Quality at the Engineering School /DTIC

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IV Symposium on Teaching Innovation and Quality at ESUP/DTIC



Last Friday, 17th March 2017, the IV Symposium on Teaching Innovation and Quality at the DTIC/ESUP was celebrated. It was organized by the Teaching Quality and Innovation Support Unit ESUP/DTIC and had the participation of twenty members of its teaching staff, teaching interns of the DTIC/ESUP and representatives of the UPF CLIK. The Symposium, as in its previous editions (see summaries of the first, second and third edition), aimed to favor a space to think, debate and share experiences and concerns related to teaching, innovation and quality.

The session was organized by the deputy director of the ESUP/DTIC UPF and director of the USQUID Davinia Hernández-Leo and was composed of five sessions: “Teaching Innovation and Quality at the ESUP/DTIC”, “Actions and initiatives in courses/subjects: methodologies and resources to ease learning”, “Tools for the improvement of teaching: observation between equals”, “Plagiarism and exams” and “Conclusions, discussion and joint reflection”. Various speakers participated in each of these sessions.

Session 1 “Teaching Innovation and Quality in Teaching at the ESUP/DTIC”

During the first session of the Symposium, Davinia Hernández-Leo and Verónica Moreno (USQUID ESUP/DTIC) presented the studies which have been taken during this year within the framework of various projects coordinated by the USQUID and/or in those it participates in actively, like for example, the Study on the relationship between Companies and the Engineering and ICT UCA, the referent to the preferences in the learning of our student, the novelties referring to the call of ideas and projects of the HackLab UPF, the project of mentorship for women students of engineering MENTOS and some data on the Study of DTIC Gender, for which a call was made of volunteer teaching staff for the implementation of actions for the introduction of the gender perspective in teaching, thus, if you are interested in taking part in this project including some of the designed actions, please, send an email to [email protected] with subject GENDER PERSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER. Also, all the teaching staff was reminded that the corresponding reports to these studies and previous are in the ESUP/DTIC USQUID’s website’s Intranet.

In addition to this information, a synthesis of data referring to the evolution of teaching satisfaction received from various sources such as AVALDO, the institutional reports of the EVSOE and others carried out by the USQUID was shown. A joint discussion and reflection was generated about the several elements set out. From the discussion generated among the attendants, several studies and complementary analysis were suggested referring to AVALDO as well as the perception of the School’s teaching staff regarding the academic profile of the students in key of dedication. These ideas will be studied throughoutly to design their implementation in the next year.

Session 2 “Actions and initiatives in courses/subjects: methodologies and resources to ease learning”

 In this part of the Symposium there were presented the experiences carried out in different subjects of Degrees and Masters of the Department with the use of tools such as Kahoot (used in first year subjects of the Degrees by Glòria Haro, Vanessa Daza and Àngel Garcia-Cerdaña), Nearpod (which was used both in degree and master by the teacher Ana Freire and Albert Bel) and PyramidApp, used in multiple subjects also of degree and master by Davinia Hernández-Leo and Kalpani Manathuga.

In all the cases an evaluation of the use of these tools in class was done obtaining very positive evaluations by the student, both at satisfaction level and in perception of its impact in the learning process. Fundamentally the opinion of the students participating in the evaluation of the use of these tools indicates that for this collective working the content this more active way provides dynamism and motivation to the learning process. In case any teacher is interested in knowing the functioning of these tools and/or the specific experience of the teaching staff who have carried it out he/she can contact them directly and/or be informed in the CLIK about possible formations around these tools.

Session 3 “Tools for the improvement of teaching: observation between equals”

During the third session of the Symposium, Miquel Oliver presented the project OSWALDO  (PlaCLIK 2016-2018). This project is coordinated by Miquel Oliver himself and the teacher Encarna Atienza (from the UPF Faculty of Translation and Language Sciences) and counts with the active participation of the ESUP/DTIC USQUID. Project OSWALDO’s goal is based in, from the design of specific instruments, enabling the observation between equals in teaching topics, that is, in the design of observation guidelines which enable systematizing this project live during classes of colleagues of the same or different studies in order to, a posteriori, comment the observations made and provide elements of reflection towards the improvement of the teaching practice.

Project OSWALDO will be developed during the next academic year (2017-2018) but for this third term we need volunteers who want to participate in the first iteration opening their class to another teacher and assuming the role of observer in another session. Teacher Albert Guillen offered as a volunteer, but more are needed, therefore, if you are a part of the ESUP/DTIC’s PDI and you are interested in participating do not hesitate to contact us via the electronic mail [email protected] or [email protected] with the subject OSWALDO VOLUNTEER.

Session 4 “Plagiarism and exams”

In the fourth session of the Symposium, the ESUP’s director, Enric Peig, presented some questions related to plagiarism and exams, specifically the topic of the spaces to do the exams in order to take into account the concerns and needs of the attending teaching staff. As a result of this session it was concluded that the possibility of doing exams in Sala Polivalent of the Tanger building as well as in the Auditorium would be studied for specially voluminous subjects regarding registered students in order to space more the attendants and minimize the risk of copy. In cases of less numerous subjects it did not look like a topic which created concern.

Session 5 “Joint discussion and reflection”

During the session all sessions and information and data presented were considered, therefore, in this last part what was done was thanking the attendants’ participation and remind that the ESUP/DTIC USQUID is at your disposal if you require support in innovation and quality of your teaching. In addition to that, we informed that the USQUID’s website is renewing and updating resources for teaching staff and that all the reports that have been carried out since 2009 are in the USQUID’s Intranet (accessible to teaching staff of the ESUP/DTIC using the Campus Global credentials).



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