Professor’s virtual classrooms experiences

Jorge Martínez, Professor and director of the Externado Science and Human Processes Interdisciplinary Laboratory (LINCIPH), chatted with colleagues about his experience integrating virtual classrooms in the Laboratory’s pedagogical work.

The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in virtual classrooms has provided the director, his work team, and his students, multiple benefits.  The LINCIPH initiated virtual classrooms between 2013 and 2014.

In the last half of 2015, the existing virtual classroom was redesigned, and two more were built, for a total of three: Life Sciences, Mind Sciences, and Complexity Sciences. The classrooms have provided continuous support to Laboratory students, professors, and researchers.

The virtual classrooms have enabled the laboratory to respond to many of the needs they had before 2013 when everything was managed by electronic mail.

In the first half of 2016, the LINCIPH website was developed, allowing reaching more people, even people outside the University interested in the subjects addressed in the laboratory. For Jorge Martínez, “knowledge has no owner;” thus, the goal of expanding communication networks.

Also, the virtual classrooms have contributed significantly to the environment, as students can submit their reports virtually, and avoid the use of paper.

The Professor also said the scientific, pedagogical, and academic level must not be lost, and invited more professors to join the Virtual Education Center initiatives and support ICT teaching strategies.