URACCAN and SAIH promote Virtual Teaching Course for teachers and researchers
Dr. William Flores López, research professor and officer of the External Cooperation Program.
Dara Contreras

Fulfilling the commitment to educational quality and social well-being

Members of the faculty cloister and researchers of URACCAN participate in a Virtual Teaching Course, with the aim of strengthening and promoting technological competences in the faculty of this institution, as stated by Dr. William Oswaldo Flores López, research professor and officer of the External Cooperation Program of this university.

This certification course in Virtual Teaching is a 100% online program and is funded by the Norwegian International Student and Academic Assistance Fund (SAIH), through the project "Dialogue of Knowledge and Does, strengthening the exercise of autonomy".

"The purpose is for these teachers to try to virtualize the courses taught in the teaching-learning process promoted at URACCAN, (for that reason) we are trying to enhance virtual skills, in order to mitigate the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic," dr. Flores said.

For URACCAN's academic director, MSc. Letisia Castillo, "The Virtual Teaching Course is an opportunity for our university's teachers to strengthen the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for the design, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation of courses in virtual learning environments. This was a political decision and will from rectory, in order to face the new challenges of university teaching and in response to the need to continue training us every day.

Based on the above, master Castillo argues that the expectations of this course are aimed at "creating virtual spaces, tutoring and evaluating students in a timely manner, according to our context.URACCAN is committed to further invigorating a relevant and quality intercultural community education model with the participation of all."

Information about participation in the course

Dr. Flores emphasized that there will be 170 professors from different academic areas, such as Degree Program, Master's Program of the four university campuses: Bluefields, Las Minas, New Guinea and Bilwi, and their extensions in Rosita, Bonanza, Waslala, and Waspam, as well as some teachers who teach from the Liaison Office.

The duration of this course is approximately six weeks, equivalent to 160 hours, in which it is intended to certify teachers in different technological aspects in relation to instructional designs for virtual education, Dr. Flores said.

In this sense, at the end of this course, teachers will strengthen their capacities in virtual pedagogy and implement updated strategies in digital learning environments, as well as the creation of online spaces to encourage the participation of students.

URACCAN, from its commitment to educational quality, as expressed in its pedagogical model and institutional vision that "involves the good life and autonomy of indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, mestizos and other ethnic communities", seeks training in technologies, for the adaptation of the new normality that coVID-19 entails and, through this program , enhance the academic and technological capabilities of teachers.