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Education Innovation Projects

2011/12 academic year

Consolidation of the Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics degree programme. Design and deployment of coordinated cross-curricular activities
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Antonio Giraldo Carbajo Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática EIG Project

The overall goal of the project is to continue with the deployment of the new Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics degree programme, planning cross-curricular coordination to successfully achieve all the educational goals planned in the official degree programme report by:

- Consolidating a series of educational innovation schemes, supported by educational innovation projects and already introduced in the first years of the Informatics Engineering (to be phased out) and Bachelor in Informatics Engineering degree programmes and Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics degree programme as of 2010/11.

- Promoting cross-curricular coordination to assure a consistent and structured development of the degree programme.

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES PROPOSED IN THE PROJECT

Deployment of active methodologies (problem-based learning) to improve student attainment, which would have a positive influence on associated ratios.

Design and implementation of continuous assessment systems.

Implementation of assessment tests associated with the respective learning outcomes for specific competences (set forth in subject learning guides).

Implementation of activities to develop the co-curricular competences associated with each subject.

Production of teaching materials for the new course units or subjects, design of self-learning tools applicable in b-learning methodologies, use of Moodle and networked dissemination of learning guides and teaching materials.

Cross-curricular coordination of laboratory practice in order to suitably organize the learning of mathematical software specified in the degree programme report.

Use of a Sage program web platform (free mathematical software), which was implemented as part of the 2010/11 project for internet-based student practice. Possibility of installing other free software platforms on the same server.

Organization of conferences by academics or practitioners working in fields where mathematics and informatics are applied to help students gain a comprehensive view of the two disciplines

Design of cross-curricular multidisciplinary projects to ease horizontal and vertical coordination of teaching contents and the development of co-curricular competences.

Coordination with other Facultad de Informática project subprojects:

As this is a general-purpose project, which concerns quite a few subjects (over 15) and academic staff (over 25), it should necessarily and inevitably be coordinated with several other proposals submitted by the Facultad de Informática. Particularly with:

Project promoted by the Vice Dean of Quality for the development of assessment resources and criteria according to the research conducted by the Facultad de Informática co-curricular competences committee (competences map and indicators), as there are several activities in this project (conferences, multidisciplinary work, etc) that are useful for developing co-curricular competences.

The "Group assignments 2.0: design and Implementation of a Moodle extension to enable the assessment of group assignments, automating management tasks and gathering information" project as quite a lot of activities of this project will be set as group work.

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Implementation of assessment tests associated with the learning outcomes for specific competences (set forth in subject learning guides)
Design and implementation of continuous assessment systems that assure that students achieve the set learning outcomes, rendering deferred/referred examinations superfluous
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Implementation of joint training activities (practical assignments, projects, etc) across several subjects belonging to one or more course units to ease the horizontal and vertical coordination of teaching contents in official Facultad de Informática degree programmes
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmes
Studies of student workloads by subject groups in each official degree programme
Adaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials
Integration of the training for and assessment of co-curricular and specific competences
Introduction of assessment tests capable of checking that students attain the levels of co-curricular competences set out in the respective maps into the learning guides of official degree programmes
Introduction of learning strategies designed to assure that students attain the levels of co-curricular competences set forth in the respective maps into the official degree programme learning guides

Coordination of Informatics Systems Management subjects in official Facultad de Informática degree programmes
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Edmundo Tovar Caro Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática EIG Project 

The growing importance of informatics systems management subjects in official Facultad de Informática degree programmes is clear insofar as new informatics systems management subjects are introduced every year as these programmes are deployed. Thus, whereas three compulsory Master in Informatics Engineering subjects started to be taught for the first time last year (Systems auditing and certification, Programme, portfolio and project management, IT governance and management), another two optional master's subjects addressing ISO certifications (FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GOVERNANCE AND SERVICE MANAGEMENT AND IT SECURITY MANAGEMENT), as well as a compulsory 7th-semester Bachelor in Informatics Engineering degree subject (IT process management) will also start up next year (2011/12). In the 2011/12 academic year, the 6 subjects, 3 to be taught for the first time have to be coordinated and optimized using existing teaching resources.

In previous UPM educational innovation project calls, the GICAC group has developed several projects for the continuous improvement of a set informatics systems management subjects, introducing innovative teaching methods and assessment mechanisms and developing educational components for the field.

In this setting, this proposal aims to:

- coordinate the production of new reusable educational resources common to all 6 subjects, 3 of which are new

- assure that a resource common to different subjects is applied properly according to the subject's scheduled workload

- design rubrics common to such resources modifying the respective learning levels depending on the degree of specialization that is used in each subject

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Implementation of assessment tests associated with the learning outcomes for specific competences (set forth in subject learning guides)
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Implementation of joint training activities (practical assignments, projects, etc) across several subjects belonging to one or more course units to ease the horizontal and vertical coordination of teaching contents in official Facultad de Informática degree programmes
Studies of student workloads by subject groups in each official degree programme
Adaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials 

Action Plan for Improving Computer Technology and Architecture Course Unit Subjects
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Mª Luisa Córdoba Cabeza Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática EIG Project  

1.Consolidation of educational innovation actions introduced in previous years for Bachelor in Informatics Engineering Computer Architecture and Operating Systems course unit.
2.Tailoring of learning methods and assessment by student profile to teaching methods that assure the attainment of Master in Advanced Computing for Science and Engineering specific competences.
3.Analysis of possible causes of the low success and attainment rate in undergraduate and postgraduate subjects where the scheduled objectives are far from having been achieved.
4.Analysis of data from previous years to make proposals designed to improve undergraduate and postgraduate student performance.
5.Proposal and redistribution of different training activities within and across subjects to achieve the scheduled undergraduate and postgraduate learning outcomes.
6.Coordination with other undergraduate subjects to improve workload distribution and goal attainment.
7.Proposal of changes to subject assessment methodology.

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Design and implementation of continuous assessment systems that assure that students achieve the set learning outcomes, rendering deferred/referred examinations superfluous
Implementation of assessment tests associated with the respective learning outcomes for specific competences (set forth in subject learning guides)
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmes
Adaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials 

Blended learning for teaching systems programming as part of the Bachelor in Informatics Engineering and Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics: virtualization of teaching materials and design of informatics tasks according to workloads 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
José Crespo del Arco Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project

(1) Virtualization of teaching materials for the Bachelor in Informatics Engineering and Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics systems programming subject (which is to be taught in the second semester as of 2011/12) according to a b-learning teaching methodology combining e-learning and face-to-face teaching and adopting a general problem-based learning approach.

(2) Fine tuning of a system for entering (a) tasks and (b) information on the workload per task and per learning outcome. The basis for this objective will be a practical assignment system implemented in the 2010/11 academic year. This objective also includes revision of subject learning guide. In this respect, part (b) will have an impact on the annual reassessment of tasks set as part of the programming teaching schedule according to the recommendations on the programming teaching schedule put forward within the horizontal coordination committees.

Academic staff teaching several programming subjects will participate in the project, and the project work will be aligned with their teaching approaches. The participation of academic staff teaching other subjects will be especially important for project objective 2.

The project targets a lot of students, as it covers compulsory subjects of both Bachelor in Informatics Engineering and Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics degree programmes.

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Design and implementation of continuous assessment systems that assure that students achieve the set learning outcomes, rendering deferred/referred examinations superfluous
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Adaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials 

SUBJECT (PIC microcontroller programming) DESIGN COMBINING A HANDS-ON APPROACH WITH B-LEARNING TECHNIQUES)
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Antonio Tabernero Galán Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project 

This project targets the PIC microcontroller programming subject, an optional, 8th-semester Bachelor in Informatics Engineering (Facultad de Informática) degree programme subject.

There are two fundamental aspects in the design of microcontroller-based embedded systems: programming and external interface, as the microcontroller should by definition interact with the outside world through both inputs (sensor reading) and actuators (motor and relay control).

We consider that Facultad de Informática Bachelor in Informatics Engineering students receive very good training in programming issues and basic training in aspects of electronics. The aim is to take advantage and consolidate these competences in a co-curricular manner as part of a subject that will focus on the connection of microcontrollers with the outside. We will deal with aspects like LCD and LED display management, AD/DA converters, motor control, storage systems, synchronous (SPI, I2C) and asynchronous communications protocols, etc.

From the teaching viewpoint, the objective is to design the subject by implementing a series of methodologies that improve student performance. The specific objectives are:

1. Adopt a hands-on learning approach. Most of the requested assistance will be spent on acquiring several development boards for programming PIC microcontrollers (see attached images) and peripheral boards (motor control, flash memory boards, etc.). These systems will be lent to students (in groups of 2/3) for the duration of the semester. The idea is for students to be able to use this material whenever they like and not only during allocated laboratory or practical assignment hours. Students' interest should lead them to develop their own projects. In-class practical assignments/presentations should be simply considered as a guide/introduction to the subject matter. The subject assessment will take into account the exercises set by the instructor during the course and a project selected and developed by students.

2. The subject will be organized according to b-learning model. The face-to-face part will be composed of presentations and practical classes. The second objective of the project will be to produce teaching materials that cover the e-learning part. Moodle will be used as an e-learning platform where students will have access to information and projects and exercises will be set. The main goal will be to complete several practical assignment scripts covering microcontroller and interface programming issues with different peripherals. As students will have the hardware for the semester, they will be able to complete these tasks without having to physically attend the Facultad de Informática.

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Design and implementation of continuous assessment systems that assure that students achieve the set learning outcomes, rendering deferred/referred examinations superfluous
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmes
Adaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials

Probability and Statistics I assessment and practical assignments 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Arminda Moreno Díaz Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project  

1.Follow-up of the improvements in the teaching methodology already started up in the previous academic year designed to enhance learning and attainment.
2.Revision and upgrading of the subject practical assignment material. Production of subject teaching guides.
3.Revision and improvement of the continuous assessment process.
4.Discussion of measures to combat absenteeism.

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Adaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmes
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Design and implementation of continuous assessment systems that assure that students achieve the set learning outcomes, rendering deferred/referred examinations superfluous.

FORMALIZATION OF EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION IN THE ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT PHYSICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF INFORMATICS 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Miguel Ángel Pascual Iglesias Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project 

The project objectives target the formalization of the active deployment of the subject, focusing on different activities and thereby responding to the characteristics established in the educational model governing the UPM in response to EHEA stipulations set forth in the Bologna treaty and the follow-up of its deployment through a set of methodological actions that need to be applied to consolidate this educational model and the ensuing paradigm change or shift. The project has two objectives. First, it consolidates and further applies the methodologies and activities of the 2010/11 EIP. Second, it sets up new activities supported by the teaching methodology. This involves:

Consolidation of the continuous assessment grade monitoring system, as well as real-time subject grading
Improvement of the efficiency of the teaching methodology for achieving learning outcomes so that students achieve the level of specific and co-curricular competences necessary to continue their degree programme training
Promotion and strengthening of the practical side of the teaching.
Promotion and appraisal of the use of team work as a key activity in their continuous assessment.
Strengthening of the use of cooperative work techniques to develop the ability to analyse and synthesize scientific papers, as well as the use of oral presentation and assessment together with the practical knowledge of teamwork methodology and factors.
Inclusion of training and assessment of generic competences as part of the activities that students have to perform throughout the teaching of the subject, stimulating student interest through their official recognition at the respective level of the undergraduate degree programme.
Extension and improvement of the assessment method, using the Moodle platform so that students perform different types of knowledge tests under objective conditions that assure their feasibility.
Improvement of the structure and documentation in the subject virtual lecture theatre so that students get more out of its use.
Creation of a special-purpose forum, as a medium to support and motivate students, which they can use to share subject-related opinions, documentation and questions, extending and supporting tutoring by academic staff.
Production by students of the SUBJECT DIGITAL PORTFOLIO. This is logbook containing the documentation, teaching-related papers and other aspects that have been presented as part of the subject throughout the semester in which it is taught.
Help for the smooth and gradual integration of students into the Bachelor in Informatics Engineering degree programme making them feel that they are the leading actor in their training and that they belong at the Facultad de Informática. 

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmes 

Improvement of continuous assessment in Programming II  
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Raúl Alonso Calvo Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project 

In the last few years, we have found first that student participation in Programming II needs to be increased to focus on their learning and second that student attendance and commitment drops as the course advances.

The primary goal of the project is to improve Programming II learning by improving the continuous assessment methods used.

The expected benefits are greater involvement of both academic staff and students in the learning process to improve student understanding, participation and success.

Another aim is to motivate and help students to follow the subject and keep up with the pace of the class.

The main aims of this project are:

Develop and implement new active teaching methodologies that improve the existing continuous assessment process.
Adapt the subject teaching materials to autonomous and dynamic teamwork learning processes.
Produce new teaching materials using interactive and friendly programming environments designed for educational purposes that enhance learning and exploration by students.
Develop a continuous assessment system for automatic exercise and practical assignment management and correction.
Improve student follow-up by academic staff and students and student final assessment.

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Implementation of assessment tests associated with the learning outcomes for specific competences (set forth in subject learning guides)
Design and implementation of continuous assessment systems that assure that students achieve the set learning outcomes, rendering deferred/referred examinations superfluous
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmes
Adaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials

Improvement of group work assessment: automation of e-learning platform resource access information management tasks, self-assessment and information-gathering questionnaires 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
David Pérez del Rey  Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project 

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The development and assessment of co-curricular competences, like group work, are now a key concern in many subjects within EHEA degree programmes. As a result of this shift, instructors have come up against obstacles regarding student work group management, and group formation, management of changes to group members and assessment is now a tedious, generally manual process, especially in first-year subjects where student numbers are high.

E-learning platforms like Moodle make student groups easier to manage, but they do not yet have specialized modules for assessing group assignments. The main goal of this project is to develop the tools necessary to improve the management and assessment of work groups through the Moodle open software platform. The project will be developed according to the guidelines set out by the Facultad de Informática for assessing co-curricular competences.

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES PROPOSED IN THE PROJECT

To do this, we have identified three main requirements:

1. A group self-management module for creating and modifying groups by students. Group management by students aims to prevent the appearance of group formation errors and inconsistencies, also reducing the time spent on management by academic staff. The module will provide for group formation when students are free to choose group members, and the management of changes to group members.
2. Design of group assignment assessment questionnaires by fellow students according to the guidelines proposed by the Facultad de Informática and to supplement the assessment by instructors.
3. Automatic compilation and processing of data on individual student access to and participation in group work resources, thereby enabling an individual assessment of each student.

COORDINATION WITH OTHER FACULTAD DE INFORMÁTICA PROJECT SUBPROJECTS:

This project focuses on the development and assessment of a co-curricular competence such as group work. Therefore,  alignment with the guidelines set out by the Facultad de Informática is a key factor of this project as it involves the assessment of this co-curricular competence. Particularly, coordination  with a view to the assessment of co-curricular competences established by the Office of the Vice Dean of Quality will be essential. As first-year subjects are common across the Bachelor in Informatics Engineering and the Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics, the project will be also be coordinated with the "Consolidation of the Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics. Design and deployment of activities coordinated cross-curricular activities" project.

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Implementation of assessment tests associated with the learning outcomes for specific competences (set forth in subject learning guides)
Design and implementation of continuous assessment systems that assure that students achieve the set learning outcomes, rendering deferred/referred examinations superfluous
Integration of the training for and assessment of co-curricular and specific competences
Introduction of assessment tests capable of checking that students attain the levels of co-curricular competences set out in the respective maps into the learning guides of official degree programmes
Introduction of learning strategies designed to assure that students attain the levels of co-curricular competences set forth in the respective maps into the official degree programme learning guides. 

Improvement of assessment and grading systems 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Clara Benac Earle Coordinated projects 

The overall goal of the project is to improve student exercise and practical assignment assessment and grading systems in programming subjects, and the project focuses on OBJ2 and OBJ3 of the call.

Programming accounts for a sizeable percentage of student and teacher workload in the Bachelor in Informatics Engineering degree. Programming subjects have a high practical component. Fast and reliable assessment and diagnosis is essential for both students and instructors to identify failure to achieve competences and take corrective action as soon as possible.

Achieving a fast and reliable diagnosis inevitably involves setting up automatic processes for checking submissions by students. The usual thing is for the teacher to define each set of tests for each practical assignment ad hoc. Writing a good set of tests by hand is time consuming, and they generally fail to detect all major errors. On the other hand, the assessment of practical assignments cannot be confined to just the functionality of the programs submitted by students. An important aspect is elegance and good practice. These aspects are usually assessed manually requiring a sizeable instructor workload.

The specific goals of this project are:

1. Good practice checks: develop platforms to rapidly and effectively check that students apply good programming practices.
2. Automatic model-driven tests: develop platforms to rapidly and effectively check that students have written correct programs. 

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of assessment and grading systems
Implementation of assessment tests associated with the learning outcomes for specific competences (set forth in subject learning guides)
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmes 

Virtualized PDP elearning 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Fernando Alonso Amo  Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project 

The goal of the Virtualized PDP e-learning project is to debug, virtualize and teach developed Programming Paradigms educational contents in the e-learning modality and assess results. Programming Paradigms is part of two accredited master's degrees that both have a common core. E-learning will be taught as a complement to  face-to-face teaching in the classroom. The aim is to deploy blended learning so that students can practise online or mobile learning outside the classroom at anytime and from anywhere.

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmes 

Use of metaphors and visual tools for teaching data structures 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Marta Patiño  Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project  

1) Generation of metaphors for learning key programming concepts by means of examples familiar to students. 2) Generation of an application that implements the metaphors for use by students for experimentation. 3) Assessment of the learning outcomes using metaphors.  

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Adaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials 

Use of 2.0 technologies to promote active logic programming learning 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Mª Carmen Suarez de Figueroa Baonza  Projects coordinated with Facultad de Informática Others Project 

The overall goal of this project is to remodel and adapt logic programming related subjects taught as part of the new bachelor's degrees to the EHEA. The aim is to design the subjects to promote active participation by students, innovation and independent work. This approach will lead to a greater involvement of both teachers and students in the teaching/learning process. To do this, the specific objects are:

Objective 1: Improve the teaching/learning methodology to promote student participation and interaction and attainment.

Objective 2: Improve active learning by students using 2.0 technologies.

Objective 3: Adapt and produce teaching materials to promote active student learning.

Objective 4: Improve the continuous assessment process of both specific and co-curricular competences. 

Facultad de Informática
Improvement of student attainment of learning outcomes
Deployment of active methodologies that improve ratios associated with student attainment in official degree programmesAdaptation of teaching materials to new course units or subjects, applying b-learning and networking of learning guides and materials
Integration of the training for and assessment of co-curricular and specific competences
Introduction of assessment tests capable of checking that students attain the levels of co-curricular competences set out in the respective maps into the learning guides of official degree programmes 

2012 Informatics Engineering Priorities for the Facultad de Informática 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Edmundo Tovar Caro  Facultad de Informática Project 

The last call promoted a Facultad de Informática project that addressed different actions aligned with the deployment of the new bachelor's degree, covering objectives like helping to assure the success of the new committees established to follow up the new bachelor's degree, approved in 2009 and 2010 through a change management plan, development of new co-curricular competences, assessment, as in previous years, of the level of fresher students and by gathering information on student workloads as a starting point for upgrading and improving the degree programme teaching schedule.

All these objectives are being achieved in this academic year, but there is one that the Facultad de Informática wants to strengthen in the light of the results of one of the new degree programme committees set up: the Co-Curricular Committee. This committee has produced a map of CC by subjects and levels, and proposed a set of indicators for each one, as well as holding meetings with the respective members of the educational community to report progress. For its implementation in the next academic year, however, we propose in this project to:

Continue developing the assessment framework of degree programme co-curricular competences.
Design new development and assessment strategies of co-curricular competences in the respective subjects.
Review all the indicators associated with the respective co-curricular competences.
Update learning guides of undergraduate programme subjects covered by the project.
Review the Facultad de Informática co-curricular competences records in the light of experience gained by participating academic staff and UPM recommendations.
Apart, of course, from being aligned with Facultad de Informática priorities, these co-curricular objectives will have a spin-off effect on improving the development of many of the objectives of projects proposed by teachers and selected EIGs.

And, finally, as a basic objective of this Facultad de Informática project:

Provide mechanisms of coordination across all Facultad de Informática projects that come under the global Facultad de Informática project. 

 

Information Systems for UPM student recruitment and guidance: undergraduate and postgraduate degrees 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Victor Robles Forcada  Co-curricular project coordinator project 

This intercollege project is part of the UPM Education Model Star Measure No. 2, the "Pre-Higher Education Guidance Unit". Several of the objectives proposed here are covered by the above measure, which aims to implement the measure across the UPM as a whole, albeit without setting up a new formal structure within the UPM.

There is a tangible need to set up guidance services within higher education institutions. To implement proper responses to this need, it is essential to have detected the major real demands of users, our future students.

All the statutory changes experienced by higher education institutions, including the recent deployment of bachelor and master's degrees within the European Higher Education Area, and the change of higher education entrance examinations, mean that guidance is a real need as students have increasingly more need of quality, clear and concise information.

We now have to provide information about dozens of bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees, totalling over 100 degree programes. Such a volume of information calls for contents to be structured to set up a global university-wide information system.

Finally, we also need to be aware that many of our bachelor's degree and current and future master's degrees have professional attributions. This concept should also be clearly conveyed to students.

Specific objectives

UPM Educational Model Star Measure 2 covers the following objectives:

ObjEM1.- Enter into and maintain contact with secondary schools and vocational training colleges

ObjEM2.- Define local, regional..., environments, scope and strategies

ObEM3.- Design and coordinate institutional information, dissemination and guidance schemes for pre-university students

ObjME4.- Design the contents of informative and guidance materials for pre-university students

ObjEM5.- Manage UPM institutional guidance schemes for pre-university students and support any held at school and college level

ObjEM6.- Evaluate the result of pre-university information and guidance schemes

Additional proposed objectives are:

Obj1.- Introduce technological innovation into pre-university student recruitment and guidance through the development of internationally innovative applications

Obj2.- Develop a UPM information system including information for student recruitment and guidance

Obj3.- Dynamize the AULA Fair to provide attractive guidance 

Bachelor in Agronomic Engineering and Science
Bachelor in Agricultural and Food Industry Technology
Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics
Bachelor in Industrial Technology Engineering
Bachelor in Mining Technology Engneering
Bachelor in Electronic Communications Engineering
Bachelor in Industrial Design Engineering and Product Development
Bachelor in Software Engineering
Bachelor in Natural Environment Engineering
Bachelor in Telecommunication Systems Engineering
Bachelor in Energy Resources, Fuel and Explosives Engineering
Bachelor in Computer Engineering
Bachelor in Energy Engineering
Bachelor in Telecommunication Technology and Service Engineering
Bachelor in Sound and Image Engineering
Bachelor in Organizational Engineering
Bachelor in Materials Engineering
Bachelor in Building Engineering
Bachelor in Information and Communications Engineering
Bachelor in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor in Maritime Engineering
Bachelor in Geomatic Engineering and Topography
Bachelor in Geological Engineering
Bachelor in Forestry Engineering
Bachelor in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor in Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering
Bachelor in Civil and Rural Engineering
Bachelor in Civil Engineering
Bachelor in Food Engineering
Bachelor in Agricultural Engineering
Bachelor in Agroenvironmental Engineering
Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering
Bachelor in Biotechnology
Bachelor in Naval Architecture
Bachelor in Architecture
DEGREE PROGRAMMES TO BE PHASED OUT  

Adaptation of UPM competence to a school. Case of ICT use competence. 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Edmundo Tovar Caro  Coordinated Co-curricular Project 

An intercollege project, called GENERIC COMPETENCES WITHIN ENGINEERING. PROPOSAL OF A MODEL FOR THE UPM", was developed during the 2010/11 academic year. This project aimed to establish a model definition, a methodology and an appraisal of UPM competences for:

Oral and written communication
Problem solving
Analysis and synthesis
Teamwork
Leadership
Creativity
Planning and organization
ICT use
This model is available at the UPM Fine Tuning web page, which provides the following material for each competence:

Competence record (definition, methodology, appraisal, indicators)
Assessment rubrics
Good practices (pilot experiences)
References
The Higher Education Quality Management Innovation Group was responsible for the ICT Use competence as part of this project.

The previous project is a starting point for deploying a co-curricular competence assessment system. The defined generic competences that are offered at the UPM have to be ordered throughout the degree programmes and assessed to determine if the programme goals have been achieved. As yet the higher education community, including both academic staff and students, has not yet been involved, trained or even informed of these changes.

This proposal is aligned with some of the objectives of the global proposal of which it is part and is concerned with reviewing and deploying the ICT Use competence.

The global objectives that this project shares with the other coordinated projects are:

1. Deploy competence assessment systems or methods in as many degree programmes as possible (from the proposal developed in EIP Phase 1).
2. Improve the generic competence assessment system in the engineering field by incorporating new competences and new experiences.
3. Assess the result of the Fine Tuning web page as support for deploying the competence model.
4. Incentivize students and academic staff.
5. Globally appraise the deployment of the improvement model.
The resources available for this purpose are:

Fine Tuning web page with materials developed in a previous project regarding UPM competences.
Several reports have stated the importance attached by the business world to training in the ICT Use competence. The Social Demands and their Influence on Degree Programme Planning in Spain as part of the European Higher Education Convergence Process report (2004), completed by the University-Business Foundation, concludes with respect to labour market opportunities depending on co-curricular competences such as INFORMATICS that knowledge of informatics can no longer be considered as complementary, as it is demanded by such high percentage by businesses. Informatics has become an essential tool for the performance of any job.

Studies conducted by UPM on graduate first job and employment status also find that the training in informatics offered by most UPM degree programmes is unsatisfactory, and training for students from ICT and other UPM schools or colleges is not well enough differentiated. Finally, it is one of the highest-ranking competences in a study conducted in this academic year as part of intercollege project called the GENERIC COMPETENCES IN THE FIELD OF ENGINEERING. PROPOSAL OF A MODEL FOR THE UPM.

The specific objectives of this UPM ICT Use competence-related subproject are:

6. Review the competence record to add different views of the training needs in different UPM degree programmes.

7. Improve the adoption of this competence in degree programmes in which it is covered by the respective reports. 

 

Comunica Media. Learning objects in tutorial schemes 
Coordinator Level Objectives Research Lines
Estíbaliz Martínez Izquierdo  Coordinated Co-curricular Project 

This proposal is part of a co-curricular educational innovation project coordinated across several UPM colleges and EIGs involving several faculty members. The core project is called Communica Media. This subject is part of "Communica Media. Use of video recording, screencast and videoconferencing in the classroom”.

Communica Media aims to make UPM academic staff and students more able to use multimedia material in order to improve both the efficiency and the scope and impact of educational processes. It will promote the use and development of learning objects (LO) based on multimedia resources for guiding and rounding out student learning at an adequate pace.

In the case of the Facultad de Informática, there is a group of students that start their first year in October instead of September. These students, some of whom passed the university entrance examination in September and others from other backgrounds, have to catch up with the students that joined the university at the start of the academic year. LOs are considered to be a good option for supplementing lectures and helping these students to acquire the required level. The incorporation of LOs throughout the academic year is also considered very useful, because, apart from being digital information units for generating knowledge, skills and attitudes, some have a number of other positive features: they are self-contained, contextualizable and reusable (storable).

The specific objectives of this project are:

1) Incorporation of learning objects (LO) in teaching activity. The LOs generated from multimedia material like, for example, material based on video recordings and screencasting are very useful in several fields of teaching in engineering, enabling students to learn somewhat independently. Additionally, they can be offered at pre-university educational institutions in the process of student recruitment for the UPM as part of any possible guidance and welcoming schemes.

2) Evaluation of the potential and impact of the use of learning objects in the educational process. LOs offer:

Contents, information, media and resources of real educational value
Challenges for developing critical thinking and creativity among students
by promoting the acquisition of competences and increasing students' ability to communicate their ideas.

3)  Creation of synergies among learning objects and tutorial schemes in order to improve student training and skills. Apart from offering contents and information, LOs should get students to actively schedule their learning and achieve the respective competences. In this respect, they can be considered as tools for promoting tutoring schemes that also provide space for the socialization of learning. 

4) Promotion of the deployment of services and tools used at the UPM, as well as by GATE, by means of learning object repositories and tutoring scheme assessment and follow-up tools. These services and tools are considered as administrators of knowledge management between academic staff, or knowledge generators, and students.