Under the coordination of the Communication Unit of the UASD Campus in Santiago, this international panel was carried out with presentations by experts Edna Guidi, María Mejía, Luz Rosa Estrella and Eulogio Silverio.
This virtual meeting was presented by the head of the Communication Unit of the UASD in Santiago, Master Víctor Burgos, who was introduced by the first speaker, Edna Guidi, PhD in Political Economy and Public Policy from the Universidad Iveroamericana de Municipalistas Universidad, Universidad de Granada, Andalusia Spain.
Guidi began his presentation arguing that the current coronavirus pandemic has revealed the great crisis in the development of the economy. The crisis brings with it the problem of the digital divide not national, but global.
Access to virtual training must be improved, where discrimination between rural and urban and countries with open access to those that do not stand out. He said another challenge is digital literacy for teachers.
The challenge is to make teachers able to use them.
All the resources are there, said Edna Guidi. What is missing is learning how to use them.
I assure that new educational strategies are needed, citing another challenge that is the human cost. Teachers have left the classroom to attend to distance learning that consumes more time, and they must also deal with the effects of the pandemic.
To identify improvements in the current situation in the face of uncertainty, strategies must be applied to help alleviate the stress experienced by teachers, said the expert. The necessary coordination between the universities and the government is a challenge. There has been thought of a gradual return to classrooms, which is a real challenge that must be studied well. What is a fact is that virtuality is here to stay. The coronavirus has made us feel a new way of seeing things.
María Mejía De la Cruz was the second speaker of the meeting, who began her intervention referring to the start of the virtual class at the UASD and the changes produced from the face-to-face modality to the virtual one, where in this year 2020 the platform had 16,912 students, 187 teachers, 130 subjects and 557 sections. Other data offered by Mejía De la Cruz was the situation presented in the virtual postgraduate UASD modality.
The teacher said that the UASD has a virtual teaching supervision department that monitors performance, until the end of the semester contemplating the evaluation. He reported that the pandemic has been the reason for creating an expansion of the virtual platform with version 3.8 adapted to the requirements of these times.
María Mejía highlighted that there are many students who have digital tools, however they do not have training for their use, which has caused inconveniences. Announcement that the services in the virtual area will be expanded.
Another panellist of this virtual international panel was Dr. Luz Rosa Estrella, President of the Family Psychoeducational Institute (IPEF), educator of the UASD and UASD, who touched on aspects of the challenges that this moment of crisis implies, urging to recognize that we are not facing to another new technology but to a paradigmatic change that could and is transforming everything, however I assure that higher education is today facing the opportunity to meet these challenges.
Luz is convinced that to make the leap you have to create awareness since there are people who have access to the internet for entertainment and the number of people who use it for learning is minimal.
This significant encounter with learning also featured panellist Eulogio Silverio, a UASD professor at the school of philosophy, analyst and philosopher.
He opened his participation saying that this new model in the virtual modality is advantageous to the students, where the teacher can respond at any time. This modality allows the student to search for data and not only that the teacher indicates. The student is a self-manager and this modality breaks the physical and personal barrier.
Eulogio Silverio urged all teachers to prepare for their replacement if they are not updated, learning is required since there are demands that if not met, professionals can be displaced.
There were several interventions by those attending this International Panel. Among them, the teacher and expert Angela Jaquez pointed out that virtuality makes costs cheaper, that what must be kept in mind is not to leave the teacher alone or the student to be left alike. He recommended discipline so that there is no student desertion in this modality.
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