The Use of Learning Objects as an Alternative for Providing Curriculum Flexibility in Engineering Courses

The Use of Learning Objects as an Alternative for Providing Curriculum Flexibility in Engineering Courses

Lilia Maria Marques Siqueira (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil) and Patricia Lupion Torres (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0951-8.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter is intended for tutors, professors, and students, and seeks to contribute to the development of online communication activities as a means of providing curriculum flexibility in engineering courses. It describes the use of online learning resources, called Learning Objects (LO), and their development at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (PUCPR) by a multidisciplinary staff. The design of the LOs takes into account the difficulties students encounter during face-to-face activities as reported in previous studies carried out by the authors during their teaching careers. LOs allow Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to be used as an aid to face-to-face learning, with reorganized learning and teaching strategies. LOs are available in the university’s own virtual environment, Eureka, and can be accessed by approximately 14,000 students and more than 1,200 teaching staff at the institution. Student feedback was also collected and is described here.
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Brief Description Of The Legal, Institutional, And Regulatory Issues

On October 18, 2001, in directive no. 2253 the Minister for Education, Paulo Renato de Souza, authorized the use of non-face-to-face teaching for 20% of the total curriculum of higher education courses in colleges and universities. This directive was revoked by Minister Tarso Genro, who signed directive no. 4059 on December 10, 2004. The new directive maintained the authorization for 20% of the total number of course hours and specified that evaluations must be face-to-face and that teachers/tutors must have a specified number of distance and face-to-face teaching hours.

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