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A Process and a Tool to Assess Vocabulary Learning for Computer Science Engineers - EDUCON 2014

  1. 1. Vocabulary Notebook w w w.vocab u lar y noteb ook.com “A Process and a Tool to Assess Vocabulary Learning for Computer Science Engineers” J o s e L u i s R o d a 1 , R o m é n R o d r í g u e z 2 , A l e j a n d r o F. L ó p e z d e Ve g a r a 1 1 U n i v e r s i t y o f L a L a g u n a , S p a i n 2 L a n g p r o v i n g , S p a i n E D U C O N 2 0 1 4 – I s t a n b u l , T u r k e y 4 t h A p r i l , 2 0 1 4
  2. 2. WHERE DO I COME FROM
  3. 3. WHERE DO I COME FROM Canary Islands, Spain
  4. 4. WHERE DO I COME FROM TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS Finalist Picture in NASA Tournament Earth 2014 http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/TournamentEarth/
  5. 5. WHO WE ARE
  6. 6. WHO WE ARE
  7. 7. WHO WE ARE THE TEAM Alejandro F. López de Vegara A. Professor: Technical English Romén Rodríguez CEO /Software Engineer José Luis Roda A. Professor: Project Management
  8. 8. THE PROJECT
  9. 9. Collaboration: “A Process and a Tool to Assess Vocabulary Learning for Computer Science Engineers” Langproving – University of La Laguna THE PROJECT
  10. 10. INTRODUCTION
  11. 11. INTRODUCTION THE PROBLEM Vocabulary acquisition A problem: either general or specific
  12. 12. CONTEXT
  13. 13. CONTEXT Computer Science & Engineering General & specific English vocabulary
  14. 14. MOTIVATION
  15. 15. MOTIVATION Innovation in vocabulary acquisition -Software / ICT Engineering is very closely related to english (docs, programming languages, research, …) -B1 now required to study Masters degrees at ULL -Specialized vocabulary in the field was being taught -Wide usage of ICT among students -Previous collaborations among the authors and desire to innovate
  16. 16. EFL/ESP EXPERIENCE FOR ICT ENGINEERS.
  17. 17. EFL/ESP EXPERIENCE FOR ICT ENGINEERS TECHNICAL ENGLISH
  18. 18. EFL/ESP EXPERIENCE FOR ICT ENGINEERS TECHNICAL ENGLISH …Using the old Vocabulary Notebooks
  19. 19. EFL/ESP EXPERIENCE FOR ICT ENGINEERS PROJECT MANAGEMENT ...Now also including some agile methodologies
  20. 20. THE TOOL: VOCABULARY NOTEBOOK
  21. 21. Students THE TOOL: VOCABULARY NOTEBOOK FULL PLATFORM Teachers
  22. 22. THE TOOL: VOCABULARY NOTEBOOK MOBILE APPS FOR STUDENTS
  23. 23. THE TOOL: VOCABULARY NOTEBOOK WEB APPLICATION FOR STUDENTS
  24. 24. THE TOOL: VOCABULARY NOTEBOOK WEB APPLICATION FOR TEACHERS
  25. 25. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL
  26. 26. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL ADD VOCABULARY
  27. 27. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL FILTERING THE LIST
  28. 28. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL FILTERING THE LIST
  29. 29. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL REVIEW VOCABULARY
  30. 30. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL CATEGORIES
  31. 31. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL TESTS
  32. 32. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL TEST: DEFINITION MATCHING
  33. 33. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL TEST: MULTIPLE CHOICE
  34. 34. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL TEST: RESULT
  35. 35. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL SUGGESTIONS RECEIVED BY STUDENTS
  36. 36. MORE ABOUT THE TOOL SUGGESTIONS
  37. 37. THE EXPERIMENT (USING THE TOOL)
  38. 38. THE EXPERIMENT SUBJECTS Technical English (2nd grade) English for Special Purposes (ESP), geared towards the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Project Management (3rd grade) Basics of Project Management, including the development of a project in groups of 4 Both subjects are taught during 1 semester and have 6 ECTS credit points (60 contact hours + 90 autonomous study hours)
  39. 39. THE EXPERIMENT (USING THE TOOL) GENERAL Groups -20 students in Technical English -89 students in IT Project Management Sessions -30 minutes of explanation (1st session) -Teacher suggestions sent weekly -2 hours in the lab weekly -Work at home
  40. 40. THE EXPERIMENT (USING THE TOOL) PROJECT MANAGEMENT PM practices -First 20 mins to add vocabulary -Last 15 mins for self-assessment tests -Teacher reviewed the dashboard, sent suggestions and gave some general & individual feedback
  41. 41. THE EXPERIMENT (USING THE TOOL) TECHNICAL ENGLISH TE practices -First 20 mins to add vocabulary -Read and discuss IT articles -30-50 words per week -300-500 words in total -Switching to VN from Excel -Teacher feedback used to adapt classes (e.g. help with categories)
  42. 42. RESULTS
  43. 43. RESULTS FEEDBACK ABOUT THE LEARNING PROCESS
  44. 44. RESULTS FEEDBACK ABOUT THE LEARNING PROCESS
  45. 45. RESULTS FEEDBACK ABOUT THE USABILITY
  46. 46. CONCLUSIONS
  47. 47. CONCLUSIONS Several improvements in the learning process 1. Teachers can save time in class 2. Student motivation increases 3. Boosts Autonomous learning 4. Facilitates formative assessment
  48. 48. FUTURE WORK
  49. 49. FUTURE WORK Improvements -Sharing words among students -Sharing in social media -Import / export -New types of tests Further studies -Control / expermiental group -Deeper analysis of the outcome
  50. 50. Vocabulary Notebook w w w.vocab u lar y noteb ook.com “A Process and a Tool to Assess Vocabulary Learning for Computer Science Engineers” J o s e L u i s R o d a 1 , R o m é n R o d r í g u e z 2 , A l e j a n d r o F. L ó p e z d e Ve g a r a 1 U n i v e r s i t y o f L a L a g u n a , S p a i n L a n g p r o v i n g , S p a i n E D U C O N 2 0 1 4 – I s t a n b u l , T u r k e y 4 t h A p r i l , 2 0 1 4
  51. 51. Vocabulary Notebook w w w.vocab u lar y noteb ook.com “A Process and a Tool to Assess Vocabulary Learning for Computer Science Engineers” E D U C O N 2 0 1 4 - I s t a n b u l Romén Rodríguez C E O @ L a n g p r o v i n g r o m e n @ l a n g p r o v i n g . c o m l i n k e d i n . c o m / i n / r o m e n r g @ r o m e n r g

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