Universidad Autónoma de Chile boosts its international insertion with joint activities with a Mexican university

The Special Education Pedagogy career of the Universidad Autónoma de Chile in Talca carried out two mirror classes together with the Universidad de Colima, Mexico, through a methodology that consists of taking advantage of information and communication technologies to carry out part of a subject with the participation of teachers and students from both universities.

The experience allows students to have access to different approaches, concepts and pedagogical views on the same topic, which are developed by international experts.

The first mirror class took place during the month of June and was taught by Claudia Salamanca, professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Chile in Temuco, who presented the tensions of the teaching profession. She described the activity as a great instance to enhance learning. “The experience has been gratifying, since sharing experiences between Chile and Mexico has allowed, on the one hand, to understand that there are similarities related to the work of teachers and, on the other hand, for students to socialize and build together with their peers new knowledge, thus enhancing their teaching training,” she said.

The next joint class was held in July and was led by Alberto Ceja, director of the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Universidad de Colima. The professor explained that the instance becomes a great opportunity to congregate knowledge. “The mirror class was a space for sharing between both countries, recognizing differences, but above all similarities in terms of pedagogy and teaching work. A crossroads between two realities that are physically distant, but through this experience it was possible to build a meeting point to enrich our training processes,” said Ceja.

Dr. Claudia Carrasco, director of the Special Education Pedagogy career at the Universidad Autónoma de Chile in Talca, was in charge of organizing the activity, as well as giving a presentation on the challenges of the teaching career. She referred to the meeting, which began to be planned in April of this year together with the Foreign Affairs Office of the university, which belongs to the Vice-Rectory of Market Relations. “As a career director, I consider a relevant milestone the academic ties we have created with the Universidad de Colima, Mexico, and in particular with the Faculty of Pedagogy, led by the teacher Paul Ceja Mendoza. The two instances of mirror classes directed to the first-year students of the career in the Temuco and Talca branches, together with the Pedagogy students of the Universidad de Colima, have been significant both for them and for the academics, since we have been able to socialize our teaching role from both points of view, which has made us reflect on the tensions and challenges as teachers, especially considering the current context of global pandemic”, described the director.

During the first mirror class, the tension and challenges of the teaching profession were addressed. For the second meeting, the universities gathered around the teaching role, a view from Mexico. In this way, a successful and collaborative work was carried out between both entities, in which first-year students from the two universities were introduced to mirror classes, a methodology that enables an exchange of experiences, knowledge and culture through a virtual communication platform.



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