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Alvarez C.Recabarren M.Gomez F.Radovic D. (2009)

Teaching Communication, Interpersonal and Decision-Making Skills in Engineering Courses Supported by Technology

International Journal of Engineering Education, 25, 4, 655-664,

Tipo de publicación: ISI UC
Departamento: Ciencia de la Computación

Centros: Centro de Estudios de Políticas y Prácticas en Educación
Áreas: Educación Disciplinas Científicas , Ingeniería Multidisciplinaria
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Abstract

Communication, interpersonal and decision-making skills are essential for engineering work and should be explicitly incorporated in engineering curricula. This article reports on the testing of a constructivist, technology-supported collaborative strategy in engineering courses that is aimed at supporting the teaching of regular subject matter as well as fostering the development of students’ communication and social skills. In this strategy, students communicate face-to-face through a social network while supporting their work with handhelds interconnected through a wireless network. Information transfers from the social network to the handheld network and vice versa, meaning that collaborators maintain face-to-face interaction at all times while also being able to obtain and retrieve information. To implement this strategy, a technology tool named CollPad was created and applied in two computer science courses. The qualitative results of the experience show that students found the tool effective in creating an environment that promotes communication, interpersonal and decision-making skills.