Asee peer logo

Innovative Learning Experiences in a Technical University Using Open Educational Resources

Download Paper |


2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Innovative Learning, Comparative Learning Analysis, and Lessons Learned

Tagged Division


Page Count


Page Numbers

25.783.1 - 25.783.14



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Edmundo Tovar Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

visit author page

Edmundo Tovar, computer engineering educator, has a Ph.D. (1994) and a bachelor’s degree (1986) in computer engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). He is Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) from the IEEE Computer Society. He is Associate Dean for Quality and Strategic Planning in the Computing School of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. From this last position, he is in charge of the training for academic staff, the introduction of innovative solutions including new pedagogies, new approaches that improve student learning of technical skills and cultural skills, and improved methods of blended learning and others. He works in the open educational resources area. He is Leader of an Innovation Group in Education in the UPM. He is Executive Director of OCW UPM Office and member elected of the Board of Directors of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. He is the author of many papers in engineering education, and he is a member of the Steering Committee and Co-chair for Europe of Frontiers Education Conference (FIE) and member of IEEE RITA Editorial Committee. He is IEEE Senior Member, Past Chairman of the Spanish Chapter and, as member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Education Society, he is currently Chair of the Distinguished Lectures Program for the IEEE Education Society.

visit author page


Mercedes de la Cámara Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

visit author page

Mercedes de la Cámara is a professor in the School of Computer Science at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She is teaching in the area of languages and information systems, specifically in the area of IT services management, and quality and security computer. She holds the ITIL® and CMDB Foundation certificates. She has participated in various ITSM events as a member of the organizing committee and presenting research papers. She has also participated in several European Social Fund projects teaching security and ITSM. In addition, she has actively participated in various projects of educational innovation. She is member of GICAC, and also of Cátedra for Software Process Improvement for Spain and Latin American Region.

visit author page

author page

Javier Saenz Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


Manuel Castro Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia

visit author page

Manuel Castro, electrical and computer engineering educator in the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), has an industrial engineering degree from the ETSII (Industrial Engineering School) of the Madrid Polytechnic University (UPM) and a doctoral engineering degree from the same university. He has received the Extraordinary Doctoral Award in the UPM and the Viesgo 1988 Award for the doctoral thesis regarding improving the scientific research about the industrial process electricity application, as well as the 1997 and 1999 years UNED's Social Council Award for the Best Didactic Materials in Experimental Sciences and the 2001 Award for the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Technology from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. He works as researcher, coordinator, and Director in different projects, ranging from systems applications of simulation techniques, solar system and advanced microprocessor system simulation to telematics, and distance learning applications and systems, as well as computer-aided electrical engineering (CAEE), acting now as and Senior Technical Director. He is now with the UNED (Spanish University for Distance Education) as professor of electronics technology inside the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He was previously UNED's New Technologies Vice-rector, UNED’s Information Services Center Director, Research Doctorate Vice-director and Academic Affairs Vice-director of the Engineering School at UNED, and Director of the department. He worked for five years in Digital Equipment Corporation as Senior System Engineer. He publishes different technical, research, and teaching books and articles for journals and conferences, as well as multimedia materials and radio and TV programs. He belongs to the organizing committee of IEEE EDUCON, IEEE FIE (International and Europe Chair, 2000-2006), ISES, TAEE, and SAAEI conferences, as well as program and planning committees’ member and reviewer and Chairman of several organizations. He was Co-chair of the conference EDUCON 2010 (Engineering Education Conference), TAEE 2010 (Tecnologías Aplicadas a la Enseñanza de la Electrónica), and ICECE 2005 (International Conference on Engineering and Computer Education). He is Co-chair of the conference FIE 2014 (Frontiers in Education Conference) to be organized in Madrid, Spain, by the IEEE and the ASEE. He is Co-editor of IEEE-RITA (Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologías del Aprendizaje) and of the Electronic Journal of Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society. He is a Fellow member of IEEE (for contributions to distance learning in electrical and computer engineering education) and member of the Administration Committee (AdCOM) (2005–2012) of the IEEE Education Society and Vice-chair (2011-2012) of the IEEE Education Society; Founder and Past-Chairman (2004-2006) of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society, and Chair of the IEEE Spain Section (2010-2011). He has been awarded with the IEEE EDUCON 2011 Meritorious Service Award (jointly with Edmundo Tovar), of the EDUCON 2011 conference; 2010 Distinguished Member Award of the IEEE Education Society; 2009 Edwin C. Jones, Jr., Meritorious Service Award of the IEEE Education Society, with the 2006 Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award and for the collective work inside the Spanish chapter of the IEEE Education Society with the 2011 Best Chapter Award (by the IEEE Region 8) and with the 2007 Chapter Achievement Award (by the IEEE Education Society). He is Vice-president of the Board of the Spanish International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

visit author page

Download Paper |


Innovative learning experiences in a technical university using Open Educational ResourcesAbstract:The growing Open Educational Resources (OER) is further increasing the wealth of up-to-date, relevant and well-presented course material available. However, just asimportant as having first class content, is that the learning activities designed forstudents using this content are likely to help students learn optimally.To help academics who are contemplating using Open Courseware material, guidelinesare needed to help them reflect on how best to get their students to learn.The goal is to move away from a focus on teaching, that is, what the lecturer told thestudents, to a focus on activities that would help students learn. The task of universityteachers is to create the conditions where students are most likely to learn.This paper presents the results of an educational innovation project that seeks topromote the design of learning experiences of students in Higher Education programs ina School of Engineering reusing such kind of resources.Each one of the learning experiences presented here are described in terms of theresources used, the repository where they were obtained and information and the typeof repository, the teaching method used, evaluation forms, which competences andlearning outcomes are expected to reach, among others.The students’ satisfactions of these experiences have been assessed.The lessons learned from each of these experiences are part of a set of guidelinespublished in a web site of the university. These practices can be imitated following theguidelines elaborated, and, to develop a community of teachers.

Tovar, E., & Cámara, M. D. L., & Saenz, J., & Castro, M. (2012, June), Innovative Learning Experiences in a Technical University Using Open Educational Resources Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21540

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2012 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015