Laspau and SEMESP Implement the IV STHEM Brazil Forum

MOOCA, BRAZIL, March 22-23, 2018- Over the past two days, professor representing public and private institutions from Brazil met at the IV STHEM Brazil Forum to promote and exchange innovative teaching methodologies in higher education.

The STHEM Brazil Forum is an initiative between Laspau and the union of private higher education institutions from the State of São Paulo (SEMESP), which, since 2012,  has aimed to train professors from Brazil through innovative teaching theories and best practices in areas of content development, assessment, and learning management. Trainers are faculty and administrators of institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Olin College, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Université du Québec à Montréal, among others.

This year, professors gathered at the Universidade São Judas Tadeu and presented projects on varied practices such as peer instruction, active learning, project-based learning, gamification, design thinking, flipped classroom, and blended learning, which they had implemented in their respective classes.

The Forum had special participation from the MIT Media Lab researcher, Professor Leo Burd. Burd runs the Lemann Creative Learning Program, has worked on in education projects include Scratch and App Inventor and created the VoIP Drupal open source toolkit and applications for neighborhood communication, local tourism, open governance, and community engagement. His studies focus on designing technologies for creative learning and social empowerment.

For more information on the STHEM Consortium, please read about Fabio Garcia Reis, one of the Consortium founders, or  visit the STHEM Brasil website (in Portuguese).

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

A Weeklong Discussion on University English-Language Teaching in Peru

LIMA, PERU, March 12-16, 2018- Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) organized the University English-Language Teaching workshop this week bringing together teaching and learning experts in the field. Representatives from The British Council, IATEFL Peru, Euroidiomas, and Relo Andrés were among the featured panelists.

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With the theme of “Empowering English Teachers in Language Training”, the workshop focused on improving teaching methodologies, understanding the need for faculty development, formulating active engagement strategies through effective communication and gaming, and more. As an invited panelist, Laspau Executive Director, Angélica Natera explored the topic on innovation trends behind teaching and learning and how the leading universities around the world are rethinking their approach to education.

The University English-Language Teaching workshop was held for 5 consecutive days and gathered university and department lecturers, and students from the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences.

Photo courtesy of UNMSM General Office for Cooperation and Inter-Institutional Relations


Strengthening Research: Laspau Signs Partnership with Universidad Nacional del Altiplano – Puno

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, March 9, 2018- Over the past week, Laspau hosted a group of academic leaders from the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano – Puno (UNA-Puno) culminating in the signing today of a collaborative agreement between the two institutions.

Located in the northern region of Peru, UNA-Puno is a public university composed of 19,000 undergraduate students pursuing studies concentrated in the fields of science, technology or arts.

During the visit, UNA-Puno President, Dr. Porfirio Enriquez, along with the Academic Provost Dr. Rogelio Florez, and Provost for Research Dr. Wenceslao Medina, met with academic and administrative leaders from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to discuss strategies for re-envisioning institutional transformation. “Human capital is the key element in the national and international positioning of the public university in Peru,” says Dr. Enriquez during the academic delegation visit.

The university is embarking on a comprehensive strategic planning process for the year 2021, which will focus on positioning UNA-Puna as a research-based institution for undergraduates and on improving teaching and learning through innovative methodologies.


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.