Using an Audiovisual Case Methodology to Develop Critical Thinking Competence in Distance E-Learning Environment: The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) Experience

Using an Audiovisual Case Methodology to Develop Critical Thinking Competence in Distance E-Learning Environment: The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) Experience

Ines González-González (Open University of Catalonia, Spain) and Ana Isabel Jiménez-Zarco (Open University of Catalonia, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4876-0.ch009
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Abstract

This chapter analyzes how universities can combine ICT with new methods and learning resources in order to improve the acquisition and implementation of key competencies in the workplace. In particular, the authors present a teaching innovation project that was develop by Economics and Business Studies of Open University of Catalonia. The project was defined in order to advance the development and assessment of one of the competencies needed by students according to the White Paper of Business and Economy of the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) in Spain, specifically, critical thinking competence.
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1. European Higher Education Area (Ehea)

In June 1999, the Ministers of higher education of 29 European countries signed the Bologna Declaration which lays down the fundamental principles in order to create the European Higher Education Area.

It can be said that European Society for the study of Human Evolution (ESHE) is one of the most important educational reform movements in the history of European institutions of higher education. The EHEA mobilises a change in teaching methods which focus on the student’s learning process and it promotes improvement in the quality and international competitiveness of higher education in Europe, so that European university degrees may increase in mobility and recognition.

With a view to creating skilled and competent professionals, a programme or degree in the new EHEA framework is not only defined according to a prescriptive list of core, optional and free-elective subjects that have to be studied. Now the degree is established as an education project of the university that proposes it.

There are currently 46 European Sates participating in the EHEA. Apart from EU member states, these also include countries from the European Free Trade Association and countries from Eastern and Central Europe.

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