One challenge in the university environment is to prepare our students to become good professionals in an ever-changing world. A few years ago, our education system began to undergo a process of adaptation in which we assess not only course contents, but also how they are transmitted so that learning is facilitated. Project-based work, the promotion of interdisciplinarity and teaching through competences are concepts that are becoming key in our education models. To adapt to this changing world, students must gain specific knowledge and learn how to use interdisciplinary skills (creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and communication) when they interact in their social and professional environment.

At the Faculty of Biology, we are firmly committed to the use of active methodologies of teaching innovation. In most courses, lectures are combined with laboratory practical sessions, field trips and seminars. In many cases, lectures are given using a wide range of active methodologies that include:

  • Problem-based learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Jigsaw technique
  • Flipped classroom with just-in-time-teaching
  • Flipped classroom with team-based learning
  • Service-learning (ApS)
  • Gamification
  • Think-pair-share learning strategy