The Use of Heterogeneity to Improve the Learning Process of Large Groups of Students.

Cita: Fernández-Gutiérrezdelalamo, L., Bolonio, D., Izquierdo-Díaz, M., Barrio-Parra, F., Mazadiego, L. F., & Fidalgo-Blanco, Á. (2018, October). The Use of Heterogeneity to Improve the Learning Process of Large Groups of Students. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (pp. 794-798).

Title

The Use of Heterogeneity to Improve the Learning Process of Large Groups of Students.

Abstract

Students start university with a high heterogeneity, both in knowledge and abilities to cope with the different subjects. Traditional teaching methods are based on unidirectional transmission of knowledge, from teachers to students, causing problems when the aforementioned heterogeneity is high.

Some new methods try to homogenize the students before the start of the course. As an innovative approach, this study tries to use the heterogeneity to improve the final learning.

Continuous assessment, collective intelligence and the use of web 2.0 have been applied to encourage collaboration and horizontal share of knowledge.

Results show how the mixture of students with different knowledge or abilities can be effective, probably because of motivational forces that initiate in the doubts of low level students and in the incentive of high level students to teach and share their knowledge.

Authors

Ángel Fidalgo-Blanco (angel.fidalgo@upm.es) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

David Bolonio (david.bolonio@upm.es) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

Miguel Izquierdo-Díaz (miguel.izquierdo@upml.es) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

Luis Fernández-Gutiérrezdelalamoy (luis.fernandez@upm.es) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

Fernando Barrio-Parra (fernando.barrio@upm.es) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

Luis Felipe Mazadiego (luis.mazadiego@upm.es) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

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