DevalSimWeb: Development of professional skills via participative EVALuation and SIMulation using Web tools
Gregorio Rodríguez Gómez
María Soledad Ibarra Sáiz
Jaione Cubero Ibáñez
Universidad de Cádiz (Spain)
Presenting author: Jaione Cubero Ibáñez
Skills development through participatory assessment
and simulation using web tools
ALFA III (2011)-10
The DevalSimWeb project addresses some
of the main problems of Latin American
-Drop out of studies or student desertions during
the first or second year, especially by students
from the more disadvantaged social classes
- post-graduate insertion into the labour
Assessment models that are used in universities tends to reproduce
the norms and habits of one social group in particular, limiting the
possibilities for students of other social origins (Thomas, 2002).
The project in action – active learning through student participation in
assessment process through strategies such as self, peer or co-assessment.
These strategies promote autonomous learning, empowerment and selfregulation through critical reflection of their own performance. (Boud &
associates (2010), Carless, Joughin y Mok (2006), Falchikov (2005), Ibarra,
Rodríguez y Gómez (2012), López Pastor (2009) and Rodríguez, Ibarra y
This project offers an alternative approach to college learning assessment
based on the use and incorporation of innovative technologies (web-based
the universities participating in the project
staff responsible for academic guidance and advice to college students
From an institutional perspective:
organizations and collaborating entities of the project.
From the perspective of participants:
teachers of the participating universities
senior academics who train university teachers
What we’re aiming to achieve:
• Reduce the dropout rate
• Increasing the rate of employment
• Raise the level of employability
• Increase the skill levels of students
• Promote the improvement of computer tools and web-based
• Encourage innovation in universities
• Encourage professional development of university teachers
• Strengthen collaboration between universities and companies
1. A catalogue of work-related and professional skills.
To write this catalogue a study was developed in order to analyse the
importance given to different soft skills by stakeholders (companies, teachers
The results showed a need to promote five competences:
• Team work
• Analysis and critical thinking
• Decision making
2. On-line training programs for the development of skills. Three
training programs have been designed:
EVAPES Program - An on-line training program for the development of elearning oriented e-assessment in university teaching staff.
APREVAL Program - An on-line training program for the development of
evaluation skills in first year university students
EDECOM Program - An on-line training program which is aimed at final year
These training programs focus on the importance of assessment in the teaching
and learning process.
3. EvalCOMIX web service (http://evalcomix.uca.es)
This web service helps
teachers to design assessment
tools and its use by the
4. DIPeval web service (http://dipeval.uca.es).
It is a software that enhances the design of
assessment procedures and widens the
technical pedagogical options.
5. DINNO – A tool for innovation in assessment (http://dinno.evalfor.net).
Outcomes/results: Two serious games
• A day with EVA (http://eva.devalsimweb.eu/)
• University Welfare
These games allow students to practice
their assessment skills through daily
situations. They combine entertainment
Another major product is the creation of the Euro-Latin American
Institute for the Development of Evaluation of Learning.
It will be a forum for the management of knowledge concerning the
advances and challenges for the diffusion of good practice in evaluation in
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION
EVALfor Research Group
Gregorio Rodríguez Gómez. Universidad de Cádiz (Spain)
María Soledad Ibarra Sáiz. Universidad de Cádiz (Spain)
Jaione Cubero Ibáñez. Universidad de Cádiz (Spain)
EVALfor Research Group
Página Web: http://www.uca.es/evalfor