A Case Study About the Implementation of Problem-Based Learning and Mobile Technologies in Ecuador
Ann-Louise Davidson, Concordia University, Canada ; Roland vanOostveen, UOIT, Canada ; Wilma Suarez, Universidad Tecnica de Ambato, Ecuador ; Nadia Naffi, Natia Arabuli, Concordia University, Canada ; François Desjardins, UOIT, Canada
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This paper examines the first steps of the implementation of problem-based learning and mobile technologies with a group of professors from the Universidad Técnica de Ambato in Ecuador. First, we present the context of the Ecuadorian university professors and their incitation to improve teaching approaches and to integrate technologies in the classroom. Second, we present a brief literature review about the benefits and challenges of problem-based learning and the adoption of technologies in developing countries. Third, we present the methodology we adopted to collect the data for this study. Fourth, we present the data of the first year of this case study, which includes entry interviews, a focus group and reflective interviews that were conducted at the end of the first year. The preliminary results show that once the professors developed basic technical skills, they were able to focus on the pedagogy and to innovate using the principles of problem-based learning.
Davidson, A.L., vanOostveen, R., Suarez, W., Naffi, N., Arabuli, N. & Desjardins, F. (2015). A Case Study About the Implementation of Problem-Based Learning and Mobile Technologies in Ecuador. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2015--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1049-1056). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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