Natercia Lima

Natercia Lima
Polytechnic of Porto

Doctor of Education

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Introduction
Natercia Lima is a professor at the Polytechnic of Porto - School of Engineering (ISEP) since 1993, holding a position as Adjunct Professor. She is also a full member of the Research Group in Systems Testing, part of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Industrial Technology (CIETI - LABORIS) since 2014. Her research interests include engineering education, students learning with remote experimentation and professional development. She has been involved in the project VISIR+ (2015-18).
Additional affiliations
December 1993 - June 2022
School of Engineering ISEP, Polytechnic of Porto
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • From 1993 to 2001 I was Professor (Assistant)
Education
November 2015 - October 2020
Universidad de Salamanca
Field of study
  • PhD Program on Education in the Knowledge Society - Engineering and Education
October 1994 - April 1998
University of Porto
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering
October 1984 - September 1989
University of Porto
Field of study
  • Physics/ Appied Mathematics

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Publications (45)
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Engineering education has solid needs of experimental competences development. Nowadays these competences can be worked not only in traditional laboratories (hands on) but also through the use of computer simulations and remote labs. The use of diversified methods in education and the exploration of new resources and techniques in classroom may all...
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The use of technology in Education helped teaching plans reach students almost anywhere during the COVID Pandemic and some positive effects regarding the planet sustainability were also reported during this phase. A questionnaire was conducted in order to assess if students felt any resource productive in their learning and would like to keep it, c...
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Practical activities are an effective way to contextualize concepts and motivate students. This article reports on an innovative use of hands-on and remote labs in a theoretical course of Statistics for engineering undergraduates. The lecturer used an inquiry-based approach to center learning around students. The problems proposed revolved around b...
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Teachers must aid students develop 21st century skills providing them with rich learning experiences, as related as possible to their future professional practices. The sudden transition to an e-learning environment due to the COVID19 pandemic is the focus of the works presented. A good diversification of teaching approaches such as PBL, teamwork,...
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The use of ICT in the academic context is a reality, in the world we live in. The young generation of students is digital native, being immersed in a virtual world during a considerable part of their day. This has an impact in their life, including on their education. In undergraduate engineering education laboratory classes are an integral part of...
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A prática laboratorial é fundamental no ensino da ciência e engenharia, independentemente do nível de educação. Atualmente, os professores têm diferentes maneiras, para além dos laboratórios tradicionais (hands-on) de permitir que os estudantes desenvolvam competências experimentais, como simulações e laboratórios remotos. Este estudo incide sobre...
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Sustainability is currently a general concern in society and in particular in the use of laboratories for educational purposes. Although laboratories are unavoidable facilities for education, they often produce waste resulting from students' experiments. To contribute for sustainable solutions in education, the use of remote laboratories instead of...
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This work describes the teacher reflections about a didactical implementation using a remote laboratory and their impact on his practice. These reflections are analyzed from three different perspectives: how the literature review influenced the design of the didactical implementation (namely the first); how his reflection upon his practice influenc...
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Conducting laboratory experiments is of vital importance in science and engineering education, independently the level of education. Nowadays, teachers have different ways of allowing students to develop these competences other than hands-on labs, such as simulations and remote labs. This study is focused on the combined use of the three resources,...
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Experimentation is crucial in science and engineering education, regardless the educational level. Nowadays, teachers have different ways of allowing students to develop these competences other than hands-on labs, such as simulations and remote labs. This study is focused on the combined use of the three resources, carried out by 51 teachers, in 25...
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Experimentation is crucial in science and engineering education, regardless the educational level. Nowadays experiments can be performed not only in traditional hands-on labs, but also using online resources, such as simulations and remote labs. This study was carried out, in several Higher Educational Institutions and at a minor extent some Second...
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The present paper focus on the use of remote laboratories in higher education from a sustainability viewpoint. The particular case of engineering education, and, within it, the more specific subject of experiments with electrical and electronic circuits is presented first, to then discuss the benefits of using remote labs, while considering the thr...
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Remote Laboratories have become part of current teaching and learning, particularly in engineering. Their potential to aid students beyond their hands-on lab classes has been a matter of discussion in literature. Teachers and researchers are aware that the thorough analysis of both strengths and shortcomings of remote labs in didactical implementat...
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Experimenting is fundamental to the training process of all scientists and engineers. While experiments have been traditionally done inside laboratories, the emergence of Information and Communication Technologies added two alternatives accessible anytime, anywhere. These two alternatives are known as virtual and remote laboratories and are sometim...
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VISIR+ is an Erasmus+ project that aims to develop educational modules for electric and electronic circuits theory and practice following an enquiry-based teaching and learning methodology. The project has installed five new VISIR remote labs in Higher Education Institutions located in Argentina and Brazil, to allow students doing more experiments...
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Experimental competences allow engineering students to consolidate knowledge and skills. Remote labs are a powerful tool to aid students in those developments. The VISIR remote lab was considered the best remote lab in the world in 2015. The VISIR+ project main goal is to spread VISIR usage in Brazil and Argentina, providing technical and didactica...
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Laboratory experiments play a crucial role in engineering education as they strongly contribute to the development of important skills for the professional practice. This paper addresses a students’ understanding gap between simulations and remote labs. These two resources (and namely the remote laboratory VISIR - Virtual Instrument Systems in Real...
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El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo general describir los instrumentos de investigación diseñados para el seguimiento de la implementación de los Módulos Educativos sobre teoría y práctica de circuitos eléctricos y electrónicos con el apoyo del laboratorio remoto VISIR (Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality) en instituciones de educación superi...
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Resumo— O objetivo a longo prazo da educação em engenharia é formar profissionais capazes de dar resposta aos problemas e necessidades da sociedade. Nesta formação, a componente prática não pode ser descurada e nas últimas décadas a utilização de laboratórios remotos e de simulações tem-se generalizado, sendo um complemento ou alternativa aos labor...
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Este trabalho descreve sumariamente as implementações didáticas, levadas a cabo em algumas das Instituições de Ensino Superior da América Latina envolvidas no Projeto VISIR+, em várias unidades curriculares de cursos de Engenharia, no ano letivo de 2016.
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The long-term goal of engineering education is to prepare students to work as engineers. Being a practical profession, laboratories play a crucial role in illustrating concepts and principles as well as improving technical skills. In the last decades the use of online resources (simulators and remote labs) has been growing, either as a complementar...
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Engineering education has solid needs of experimental competences development. Nowadays these competences can be worked not only in traditional laboratories (hands on) but also through the use of computer simulations and remote labs. The use of diversified methods in education and the exploration of new resources and techniques in classroom may all...
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A prática laboratorial é fundamental no ensino da Engenharia. No entanto, como consequência doProcesso de Bolonha e das restrições orçamentaiscom que a maioria das Instituições do Ensino Superior se deparam, o número de horas dedicadas à atividade laboratorial diminuiu significativamente. Os investigadores procuram formas complementares de desenvol...
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A prática laboratorial é fundamental no ensino da Engenharia. No entanto, como consequência do Processo de Bolonha e das restrições orçamentais com que a maioria das Instituições do Ensino Superior se deparam, o número de horas dedicadas à atividade laboratorial diminuiu significativamente. Os investigadores procuram formas complementares de desenv...
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Experimental competences allow engineering students to consolidate knowledge and skills. Re-mote labs are a powerful tool to aid students in those developments. The VISIR remote lab was considered the best remote lab in the world in 2015. The VISIR+ project main goal is to spread VISIR usage in Brazil and Argentina, providing technical and didactic...
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This work reports the incorporation result of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Program in the twoyears master's degree in Instrumentation and Metrology Engineering (MEIM) held at the School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP). The procedure developed to find internships in industrial companies and institutions, which have needs for engineer...
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Laboratory experiments are one of the backbones of engineering teaching, as they help students learning in an unique way, providing better understanding of scientific theories, clarifying concepts and principles as well as improving their technical skills. Nevertheless, with the Bologna Process reforms and the economic constraints most Higher Educa...
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Experiments have been at the heart of scientific development and education for centuries. From the outburst of Information and Communication Technologies, virtual and remote labs have added to hands-on labs a new conception of practical experience, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. This paper aims at describi...
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No meio académico, em particular nas Universidades mais prestigiadas, pode ser quase considerado ofensivo mencionar ensino superior e empregabilidade na mesma conversa, uma vez que o papel deste tipo de ensino não é vocacional. É no entanto desejável que, ao concluir o ciclo de estudos, o diplomado transite para o mercado de trabalho na expectativa...
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This work reports a didactical implementation addressing the development of students' competences on DC circuits. Teacher' approach focus on the use of simultaneous teaching/learning/assessment resources and methods in order to improve students' abilities of adapting and dealing with available tools to solve real practical problems. The impact this...
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This paper presents the result of the incorporation of Work Integrated Learning programs in a higher education master of the School of Engineering of Porto. Its starts by making a state of the art analysis related to the subject, checking the results of other international institutions. It is presented the way of organizing the collection of intern...
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Students learning can be tremendously affected by the way they will be assessed. Traditionally, teachers relied on summative (final) exams, however the use of other form of assessments, namely formative assessments, has grasped a considerable emphasis in education in the last decades. This work presents the results of a didactical implementation co...
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O desenvolvimento de competências experimentais na área de Engenharia é fundamental, independentemente da área de aplicação (Jara, Candelas; Puente & Torees, 2011). No entanto, nos cursos pós Bolonha, o número de horas de contacto foi significativamente reduzido, resultando naturalmente numa diminuição da carga laboratorial das várias unidades curr...
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Students experimental competences are of most importance in engineering courses. However in post-Bologna courses, the number of contact hours and the actual extent of hands-on lab work were substantially reduced. Online resources usage (simulators and remote labs) has been growing up in the last decades, as more complex and versatile tools are bein...
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This work studies a didactical implementation addressing the development of students' competences on DC circuits. The teacher major concern was to approach this subject using several resources and methods in order to improve students' abilities of adapting and dealing with available tools to solve real practical problems. This research studies the...
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We present new ultraviolet and optical data for the classical T Tauri star LkH α 264. The most important features in the ultraviolet spectrum are identified and their fluxes are measured. These fluxes are then compared to the corresponding values in the sun and in other T Tauri stars. Our time series of high-resolution spectra for the regions of th...

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Dear Colleagues,
One of the major contributors to supporting sustainability concerns is engineering. By addressing technology and innovative solutions for new problems every day, this area of expertise needs to be up to date with the most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. So, educating these new professionals has not only scientific and technical expertise goals but also a more subtle goal of developing innovative practices aligned with the increased awareness of sustainability concerns. Engineering education may play an important part in each of these goals. Even though the first part is already the concern of every engineering teacher, the second one still has a long way to go. Not only towards habit modifications but also actively producing experts in different fields with deep knowledge regarding the common goal of reducing the ecological footprint on the planet.
How should universities influence their academic and non-academic staff, their students and their communities? How can teachers incorporate these concerns into their courses? How are major students in sustainability developing research projects that deliver positive public impact?
Every teacher’s action, simple as it may be, can positively impact students’ behavior in class, in their homes, and in their communities. These efforts replicated by other teachers all over the world, who may follow similar practices, will certainly be a step forward. Even though representing small contributions, the increase in conscious awareness of the problem is very important per se.
This Special Issue (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/E5M06I8916) does not aim to address the technical approach of each solution but rather to share these educational experiences and maybe influence other teachers to do similar practices. From the simple individual actions to departmental or schools’ directives. Teachers, no matter the expertise, may contribute to this problematic of civic awareness. Discussing these issues within the academia may harvest some day-to-day action changes which may become the motor of new and bigger ones.
Prof. Dr. Clara Viegas Prof. Dr. Natércia Lima Guest Editors

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Educational Modules for Electric and Electronic Circuits Theory and Practice following an Enquiry-based Teaching and Learning Methodology supported by VISIR (Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality) There has been an increased interest in science and engineering education due to: - the shortage of professionals required in scientific and technical areas; - the considerable low ratio of students opting for science- and engineering-related degrees, when entering higher education; and - the number of dropouts exhibited in the initial years of undergraduate studies. All stakeholders have devoted a great deal of attention and concern to this problem, considering the high number of reports published about and initiatives taken in recent years. In sum, the solutions have been dealing with: raising the society awareness for such a problem (1); increasing the interest for STEM (1, 2); and, promoting new teaching & learning methodologies, especially student-centred ones involving the use of ICT-tools, for coping with a new generation of digital natives (3). This project targets the broad area of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, and, within it, the subject of circuit theory & practice. It aims to define, develop and evaluate a set of educational modules comprising hands-on, virtual, and remote experiments, the later supported by a remote lab named VISIR. The nature of each experiment (hands-on, virtual, real-remote) has an impact on the students’ perception of circuits’ behaviour, being therefore mandatory to understand how these different learning objects can be arranged together in order to scaffold their understanding and increase their laboratory-based skills. This is the concern of the underpinning teaching and learning methodology, favouring in particular the students’ autonomy for discovering how circuits work, through an enquiry-based approach. VISIR+ brings together the power of the best remote lab for experiments with electrical and electronics circuits and the long history of collaboration among the consortium partners from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.