ACADEMICS ANALYZED INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCES IN TEACHING

KEYS TO EVALUATE STUDENTíS LEARNING IN THE SKILLS-BASED MODEL, AMONG OTHER ISSUES, WERE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM OF THIS ACTIVITY.



March 16, 2017

The presentations of two specialists in the field of Education Sciences, Belgian Dieudonné Leclercq and Marcelo López, from the Chilean Department of Education, stood out this year in the program of the V Conference on Innovative Experiences in Teaching, which was developed in the Talca Campus, organized by the Vice President for Undergraduates.
 
This is an internal community event where academics come together to reflect on their teaching practices, in the context of the educational model that was established more than 10 years in our Corporation.
 
 
"There are always aspects in which we have to move forward to optimize the process, through the incorporation of technologies and innovations to encourage the learning in Students. The new generations have other ways of learning, other styles, and in these days we share what we are doing in the various units in the field of our teaching performance", said Vice President for Undergraduates, Marcela Vasquez.
 
At the same time, she recalled that the UTALCA was the first university in the country to implement the skills-based educational model, as an institutional challenge. She also appreciated that the Curricular Harmonization Performance Agreement, which was developed between 2013 and 2016, allowed to assess this process and make the appropriate adjustments, like improving the teaching of a foreign language, which is a necessary condition for today's professionals, and to encourage more entrepreneurship and innovation, according to the development needs of the country, in addition to "continue to maximize our generic profile that remains highly valued by the work environment."
 
 
"I think that we have made a significant optimization concerning the learning these years have meant, which without a doubt has been very positive," said Marcela Vasquez.
 
 IMPORTANCE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
 
Along with highlighting the importance of undergraduate teaching, particularly in the current system of financing, the vice president, noted that the institutional concern for that area is evident in three specific aspects, one of which is the Teaching Excellence Award, a distinction that, to date, have been obtained by six academics out of 26 that have applied.
 
She also highlighted the existence of the Teaching Innovation Projects Contest, with 33 selected proposals out of almost 80 that have been submitted and, finally, she mentioned the Teaching Innovation Award, won by 10 academic among 21 nominees.
 
Marcela Vasquez said that a different seal from this encounter of undergraduate teaching in relation to the previous ones, is the presence of a foreign expert in skills assessment, Professor Dieudonné Leclercq, from the University of Liège, Belgium, who came to share his experiences on a subject that represents a challenge for the different programs, in order to "have a more valid evaluation processes, aligned with the educational process."
 
In Leclercq’s opinion, the good from the past and the future must be integrated. "This integration means developing new assessment modes appropriate to the skills-based model, but taking advantage of the good that already exists and not to reject everything that passed," he said.
 
He said, moreover, that there are many ambiguities and one of these is that learning is always thought as being of only one sort. "There are several learning systems. For example, learning to ride a bicycle is not the same as learning Newton's Law", and he stated that "this is why many mental processes should be developed, methods and assessments; the complex thing is to combine all of that."
 
 
"What is essential is to combine several modes of assessment appropriate to learning, and there are not only skills. The very definition of skill is to act effectively in complex situations, mobilizing knowledge, attitudes, abilities, which must also be evaluated,” he said.
 
 Indicators
 
At another conference, Marcelo López, a specialist in the of Higher Education Information System (ISES), from the Chilean Department of Education, talked about the aspects that must be considered in the construction of indicators to monitor and evaluate at the national level.
 
The Conference also included presentations by Professors Gabriel Núñez and Alejandro Valdés, from the School of Civil Engineering in Bioinformatics; Daniel Droguett, from the School of Dentistry, and Eduardo Aguirre, from the School of Architecture, who showed various innovations in the field of teaching in their respective units.
 
Later, various workshops on innovative experiences were set up. In one of these, led by Dieudonné Leclercq, the construction of valid and reliable instruments for assessing learning and skills in students in higher education was addressed.
 
In addition, Professor Manuel Moscoso was the speaker in a similar session related to the interactivity in the Educandus platform applied to autonomous work and, finally, Professors Juan Carlos Nanjari and Marcela Moris developed the workshop on effective communication and learning environments.



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