Engineering and the Future: New Teaching Methods Technology Integrated


Modesto Pérez-Sánchez, Ruzan Galstyan-Sargsyan, Monica Belda Torrijos and P. Amparo López-Jiménez (Editors)
Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU029030

With a new century, new methodologies and new resources, what do university engineering classrooms demand? People are faced with a society immersed in technology, and as a result, education requires new teaching methods integrated with technology. The objective is to build competencies to acquire and develop specific linguistic and digital competencies in which the student is the one who controls his or her process of knowledge acquisition, and the teacher is the guide.

In the virtual learning environment, there are virtual educational platforms (LMS, LCMS and VLE) with different teaching models (MLearning, BLearning, and ELearning). There are also endless creative and narrative possibilities that offer a unique format capable of converting conventional audio-visual content into an interactive and immersive 360º experience. With virtual reality, it is possible to go beyond solely analysing information; transmitting sensations, emotions and seeing in an immersive way what is explained in class is now a reality.

Education, specifically university education and training in engineering through second languages, has been mimicked in the evolution of society. Virtual reality allows the student to experience from a first person perspective the subject that is delivered through a second language. It is an important tool to tell what, and more importantly, how this action is experienced. With immersive technology we turn the class into a life experience. Virtual environments enhance a favourable environment to acquire knowledge and stimulate interactive learning.

This book presents eight chapters, which develop real case studies. These examples have been taught in different engineering areas of different universities of the world. Chapter One shows the influence of virtual reality on educational practice and didactics on the areas of pedagogy and psychology that was applied in hydraulic areas. Chapter Two describes an innovative teaching process based on problem-based learning techniques (PBL) to be integrated in a photovoltaic systems course. Chapter Three describes a method to improve the skills of technicians in the plastic sector in tasks related to the planning of the manufacturing processes and the exploitation of advanced ICT tools. Chapter Four shows an experience to increase the student’s motivation, and provide them essential key competencies such as instrumental competence, autonomy and self-confidence.

The fifth chapter describes two different experiences carried out in mathematics subjects using ICT tools, showing the results via bachelor degrees. Chapter Six shows the advantages and disadvantages obtained from a flipped classroom experience in a university course. In Chapter Seven, the augmented reality will be introduced as a tool that facilitates learning, while discovering what kind of applications and educational materials can be made with this technology and how they can be used in the classroom to enhance and consolidate the linguistic skills of our students in the area of English. Finally, in the last chapter the integration of technologies in all areas of people’s lives is considered, showing the use of video as an example.



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Virtual Reality in a University Educational Environment: Hydraulic Experiment Experiences
(Ruzan Galstyan Sargsyan, Mónica Belda Torrijos, P. Amparo López Jiménez and Modesto Pérez-Sánchez)

Chapter 2. Photovoltaic Systems: Learning by Doing, or Doing to Learn?
(João F. P. Fernandes and P. J. Costa Branco, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)

Chapter 3. An Open E-Training Environment for Enhancing Manufacturing Processes Planning Competences on Advanced ICT Tools
(Raquel Sanchis, Andrés Boza, Llanos Cuenca, Manuel Díaz-Madroñero and Raúl Poler
Research Centre on Production Management and Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain)

Chapter 4. A Virtual Administration for Environmental Assessment Process: Learning through Real Case Studies
(María-Teresa Sebastiá-Frasquet, María AV Pachés, Hydraulic and Environment Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, València, Spain)

Chapter 5. A Turn in Teaching Mathematics: An Experience in Classrooms
(L. Agud Albesa, A. Llorens Payá and S. Oltra Crespo, Applied Mathematics Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain, and others)

Chapter 6. Videos as a Teaching Tool: An Experience at the University Level
(Manuel Tirado Zafra-Polo, CEU Cardenal Herrera University, Elche, Spain)

Chapter 7. Introducing Augmented Reality in an English Language Classroom
(Juan Marcos Alcolea)

Chapter 8. The Use of Video for the Transmission of Educational Contents in Formal Areas
(Edgar Mozas Fenoll, CEU Cardenal Herrera University, Elche, Spain)


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