Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, is participating in the international project "Use of SOCRATIVE application for the monitoring and dynamization of classroom learning," sponsored by the Support Actions for Teaching Innovation of the University of Valladolid, Spain. Other researchers include Jose-Miguel Molina-Jorda and Gerard Casanova-Pastor (University of Alicante, Spain), Gabriel Luna-Sandoval (State University of Sonora, Mexico), and Ruben Perez-Dominguez and Francisco Castro-Ruiz (University of Valladolid, Spain). This is a yearlong project (September 2016–September 2017), and it has, so far, produced two conference papers co-authored by Milanovic.
The paper "SOCRATIVE as a Tool for Diagnosis and Evaluation in the Learning Process," was published in the Proceedings of VIII Congreso Internacional Latina de Comunicacion Social, and focuses on the assessment of engineering student skills that is easily transferable to other majors. Embedded Information and Communications Technology (ICT) improves the process of learning and comprehension. Using the Socrative application for questionnaires in real time is a valuable diagnostic tool for both the learner and the instructor. Anonymous answers to questionnaires and the subsequent statistical analysis of the results identify strengths and weaknesses, and allow students to acquire an active role in the learning process.
The paper "CFD Learning for Engineering Students on Undergraduate Level," was published in the Proceedings of Experimental Fluid Mechanics, 2016 EFM16. This is a case study of the method used in undergraduate mechanical engineering to learn Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Students played the role of engineers carrying out simulation projects and reviewed projects from their colleagues. The framework of the ITC allowed for more efficient learning across different platforms, such as Moodle and Edmondo, for both individual or team-based work. It was shown that the learning by doing greatly increases understanding of CFD at an undergraduate level.