Adaptive Learning Using Interactive Training Material

Adaptive Learning Using Interactive Training Material

Pedro Manuel Hernández-Castellano (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain), María Dolores Marrero-Alemán (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain), Rubén Paz-Hernández (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain), Pablo Rubén Bordón-Pérez (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain), Luis Adargoma Suárez-García (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) and Antonio Nizardo Benítez-Vega (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8142-0.ch008

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to describe experience in the development, use, and evaluation of interactive didactic material oriented towards the ISO GPS system that has been introduced into recent academic courses of subjects of various engineering degrees at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Educational Innovation Group Ingeniería de Fabricación sought to generate a tool that would help students with a learning difficulty that had been identified as generalizable across various degree subjects. Student feedback was utilized in the development and evaluation of this didactic material. The results obtained allow us to confirm that the introduction of these materials has had a positive impact and that this preliminary experience of adaptive learning should be supplemented further in order to extend the significant improvement observed, both in the students' learning and the lecturers' teaching, in the last academic year.
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Introduction

This adaptive experience of learning arises as a result of the identification of significant and generalised learning difficulties in a block of content found across introductory courses for manufacturing processes in engineering. After analysing the situation and assessing different alternatives, it was decided to generate interactive didactic material aimed at those students.

The didactic material is oriented towards the introduction of the ISO Geometric Product Specifications (GPS) system of dimensional tolerances. A brief description of the methodology applied has been carried out and also of the different blocks into which it has been organised as well as its relationship with other content in the basic courses where it will be used. It has been developed as an interactive PDF file, with multiple multimedia resources.

In this work, an evaluation of the impact which the introduction of this interactive didactic material has had is carried out, presenting the results obtained across three different courses and during four academic years. These results have been compared with those achieved in the course prior to its implementation. Both quantitative and qualitative aspects are analysed to determine the impact achieved.

The principal objectives of which were the following:

  • To introduce an adaptive learning method for this content based on the characteristics of the courses and the students in order to increase their motivation and level of engagement.

  • To be suitable for use outside the classroom for levelling-out activities and reinforcement, promoting autonomous learning and to be adapted to the capabilities, style and rhythm of the students.

  • To improve the quality and effectiveness of the learning process, prioritising useful content through the introduction of a range of multimedia resources.

  • To be suitable for use as support material for the lecturer in face-to-face sessions and for both introductory and advanced theory in the classroom and in laboratory practicals.

  • To better take advantage of the valuable time in the classroom in order to work on important aspects at the same time that methodologies of the Flipped Classroom are introduced.

  • To adapt content to a new international application regulation which is currently undergoing a process of adaptation and homogenisation.

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Background

This experience is part of a project of educational innovation and methodological renewal for the design and manufacture of teaching resources that is being developed by the Educational Innovation in Engineering Group of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The basic objective of these materials is to be appropriate for many subjects in the field of Knowledge of Manufacturing Processes within Engineering, and in some other complementary areas, in order to improve both horizontal and transversal coordination in new degree titles.

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