Manuel Alonso Castro Gil and Elio San Cristobal Ruiz (UNED)
When addressing the educational work is of paramount importance to adjust the resources which are available at the end than was desired. Not only the theoretical basis, also good practice to it, or the teaching method employed can define learning outcomes in one direction or another. It is also necessary to adjust the technology and language to the aim pursued to optimize the process and get the results that have been previously defined.
The learning process involves, in many cases, the union of two types of knowledge: theoretical knowledge and practical application of that knowledge. Until a few years, both knowledge was acquired in a classroom: classroom learning and physical laboratories. Currently, the development of communications networks and the Internet has promoted other teaching methodologies, as co-education or distance learning. As a result, the classrooms and laboratories have become virtual or remote.
This paper tries to approach and define the usefulness and benefits of e-learning tools most used in the acquisition of theoretical knowledge (educational platforms or LMS) and practical (virtual laboratories and remote) in order to define an architecture capable of creating a e-Learning only solution.
Biography of authors
Manuel Alonso Castro Gil (UNED)
He earned a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the School of Industrial Engineers (ETSII) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and Industrial Engineering, specializing Electricity, Electronics and Automation intensified by the same school. He obtained the PhD Extraordinary Award of the UPM and Viesgo Prize 1988 to the Doctoral Thesis for the contribution to scientific research on applications of electricity in industrial processes. He has won the award for best Experimental Science Teaching Materials Social Council of the UNED in 1997 and 1999 and received the award for "Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Technology" of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning 2001. Participates in numerous research projects as a researcher, coordinator and director and published in journals and conferences, both national and international applications in the areas of simulation systems, advanced microprocessor-based systems, solar systems or applications and distance learning systems and telematics to computer-aided electrical engineering (CAEE).
He is currently University Professor of Electronics Technology Area in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Control, ETSII UNED. He has been Vice President of New Technologies UNED and Service Center Director
Informáticos, UNED, Assistant Director of Research and Deputy Director of Academic Management ETSII of UNED and Director of the Department. He has worked five years as a systems engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Also publishes technical books, research and educational and multimedia material in their research and teaching, and conducts programs of radio, television, etc.. It belongs to the congress organizing committee EDUCON IEEE, IEEE FIE (International Chair and Europe, 2000-2006), ISES, and SAAEI TAEE well as program committee member and reviewer and planning board and chairman of various conferences. It is co-organizer of the conference EDUCON 2010 (Engineering Education Conference), TAEE 2010 (Applied Technology Education Electronics) and ICEC 2005 (International Conference on Engineering and Computer Education). It is co-editor of IEEE-RITA (Revista Iberoamericana Learning Technologies) and the electronic journal of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society. He is a member of the IEEE Fellow (for his contributions to distance learning education in electrical and computer engineering), member of Administration Committee (ADCOM) of the IEEE Education Society (2005-2010) which belongs to the committees chapters, awards, appointments and meetings, Founder and Past-President of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society and Vice-President of the Spanish Section of the IEEE. He has been awarded the 2009 Edwin C. Jones, Jr. Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Education Society, 2006 Award and Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award for its collective work in the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Education Society Award 2007 Chapter Achievement Award. Is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of ISES (International Solar Energy Society), Spain.
Elio San Cristobal Ruiz (UNED)
Elio San Cristobal Ruiz Computer Engineering, specializing in Software Engineering from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPS) and Technical Engineering in Computer Systems from the same university. He has done doctoral studies in the Area of Electronic Technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronic and Control ETSII UNED. He is currently working for the Computer Services Centre of the UNED and is Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronic and Control UNED, where he is completing doctoral theses. He has collaborated on several publications and books: Security in the Information Communications and Design & Development Multimedia Authoring Tools, Materials for the integration of disabled adults in the market, as well as publications for international journals and conferences.