P. Avila Jr., A.M.P. Azevedo, B.B. Torres


Exponential growing of scientific and technological knowledge of nowadays
society demands new abilities and competences of theirs citizens. In the other
hand, the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
and the low cost of equipments provide a new teaching strategy, namely distance
education, through intranet or internet. The familiarity with of scientific method
stimulates autonomy in obtaining information, critical thinking and logical analysis
of data. These are useful abilities for science students as well as for common
citizens. Aiming the development of such abilities a distance course was
developed in 45 hours, using mainly forum and chat in the Claroline platform with
technical support of the Centro Nacional de Supercomputação da UFRGS. All the
students attending the course were from Fundação Faculdade Federal de
Ciências Médicas de Porto Alegre. In this course the following topics were
explored: (1) scientific knowledge x common sense, (2) different conceptions of
science, (3) scientific method, (4) different categories of science publications, (5)
principles of Logic, (6) deduction x induction (7) paper analysis simulation.
Scientific project writing was taught/learned through the following items: (1) choice
of a problem, (2) bibliography revision, (3) agencies for funding, (4) project
presentation by videoconference and (5) analysis of results.
The course was evaluated by Likert-type questionnaire and the results from
students and teachers indicate a very successful outcome.


distance education ; undergraduate students

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