Costa Rican Faculty Receive Training in Innovative Teaching Methodologies

SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA, February 19-23 2018-  Over 150 professors from Costa Rica participated this week in the STEM-Costa Rica Consortium, an intensive training program sponsored by the National Accreditation System for Higher Education (SINAES) in collaboration with Laspau.

The participants were professors from 17 public and private universities. The program included international experts from institutions in the United States and Chile, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Universidad de Chile. The program covered innovative methodologies to improve teaching processes, focusing on active learning, flipped classroom, design thinking, learning assessment and course design.

STEM-CR is an English acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The program has been providing training for faculty from public and private institutions in Costa Rica since October 2017.  The STEM consortium model is also being successfully implemented and having a positive effect in the higher education systems of Brazil and Panama.

To participate in the program, professors undergo a competitive selection process led by the authorities of each participating institution. The selection criteria include a commitment to teaching and innovating and demonstration of leadership skills. The participants are also selected because they are committed to developing a project to improve a specific teaching practice that they are currently implementing in their classrooms.

To learn more information on the STEM-CR program, please read about Natalia Murillo-Quirós, a Professor of Physics who uses Peer Instruction to strengthen physics teaching.

Photos of the 2018 STEM-CR program are now available at University Innovation – Costa.

For more information on University Innovation programs like the STHEM Consortium, please contact our Program Manager for Academic Innovation, Colleen Silva-Hayden.