MOOC on Antenna Basic Parameters

  • Written by  José Manuel Fernández
Maintaining the necessary skills and developing new skills in Antenas engineers requires an active approach to lifelong learning and, in particular, continuing education in engineering. Cooperation in science and technology includes the promotion of activities such as short courses, conferences or seminars.

The use of ICT can improve the process of lifelong learning. Technologies such as multimedia or mobile all devices contribute to orchestrate a new form of skill maintenance and skills development compared to traditional face-to-face activities. The videos are fundamental to the learning experience of students in the current generation of MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) from suppliers such as Coursera, edX and Udacity.
Therefore, distance learning and combined learning have become a realistic and effective approach to keep our engineers constantly updated in a rapidly changing world. The rich interactive multimedia content can be easily produced and distributed over the Internet directly to the end user in a cost-effective way.

In the framework of VISTA's COST action (IC1102), we have organized small workshops for recording units for an open European course on antennas. The workshops were held at the facilities of Polimedia, Universitat Politècnica de València. Each participating institution has prepared a teaching unit consisting of 6 or 10 small videos. The action involved the preparation of learning objects organized into thematic units. All topics are Bachelor or Master's degree.

The production style of the videos of Antenna Mooc was an instructor recorded in a studio without audience, using Polimedia, a platform of multimedia technology of transmission completely developed by the UPV. A course is divided into several Units, with shorter videos. These links provide access to the teaching units created.

A total of 9 institutions from different countries have collaborated in the development of the training modules. A strong impact is expected, with thousands of downloads. In addition, the project is open and growing, with demand for the production of new modules.

Antennas (ETSIT)

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