Teaching and Learning
One-week program for educators to strengthen training quality, discover innovative practices and promote experimentation in teaching and learning.
Through this program model, we work with teachers to discover innovative practices in the classroom and promote experimentation in teaching and learning. We aim to improve the quality and relevance of the educational experience. This type of program supports higher education institutions in the transformation of their teaching and learning culture, and provides tools and strategies to promote active learning, research, and good practices in education. The programming consists of modules of workshops, seminars, online components, readings and assignments aligned to the needs and strategic plan of the university ending with a project exhibition event. The program takes place on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).
Laspau, along with leading representatives of the program, will align the design of the program with the objectives and challenges of the institution. A needs assessment will be carried out to obtain results that will help leaders define the main strengths, weaknesses and challenges that will be addressed in the program, as well as the selection of participants.
Participants are offered workshops and seminars focused on the design of the curriculum, new student-centered teaching strategies, the application of best practices that promote the quality of student learning. As well as active learning, team-based learning methodology, project-based learning methodology, among others.
During Phase 2, participants will receive training through online modules, including webinars, readings and assignments, as well as the development of final projects that show the results of the implemented changes. At this stage of the program teachers are ready to implement 1 significant change in 1 course during 1 semester.
In this phase, a core group of professors with the support of university leadership, become the pedagogical guides that lead the efforts to improve teaching and learning in the university, sharing the best practices on innovation in education in order to strengthen teaching. As part of the key elements to empower teachers' practices, the program offers peer observation sessions, as well as the creation of a teaching innovation cluster, helping the teacher understand his role as a learning facilitator.
In this last phase, the teachers who participated in the program meet to present their achievements, in the transformation of their teaching practice to the educational community of the university. The forum is coordinated by representatives of Laspau and includes presentation sessions by the participants of the achievements, posters and working discussions on topics around the teaching. Laspau will coordinate the participation of an expert in the innovation of teaching and learning with the aim of supporting participants during the presentations of the final projects.
Throughout the program Laspau performs monitoring and evaluation, to generate a report of results on the scope of the program, which will be delivered to the university leaders.
STEM Consortium Model
Our teaching consortiums contribute to the efforts being led by higher education institutions in the region and help ensure that the strengthening of human capital in the STEM fields is successful and leads to lasting change. The consortium model closely analyzes the curriculum design, the application of best practices and the renewed learning of students, with emphasis on the local context. Additional workshops and projects are designed to build communities of practice and inter-institutional collaboration. The program offers an opportunity for teachers to strengthen the academic community and promote teaching excellence, as well as connect with other teachers and leaders recognized for their advances in higher education.
Inter-institutional Programs: This work plan ideally involves the participation of at least 10 universities in the region; between 80 and 120 participants.
Program implementation: Programs are carried during one academic year, and include workshops, seminars and projects based on institutional and local needs.
Following the same guidelines of a hybrid pogram, the consortium model consists of workshops, seminars, online components, readings and assignments which are aligned to the needs and strategic plan of the university. Additionally, tools for the improvement of teaching and the quality of learning are provided, ending with a final project presentation event.