2004 Heiskell Award Winner: Faculty Programs
Nomination submitted by: Dr. Enrique Zepeda Bustos, Vice President for International Affairs, and María Isabel Avilés, International Faculty Development, Director
While planning the implementation of a new educational model for the institution, Tecnológico de Monterrey seized on the opportunity to create and strengthen linkages with foreign institutions and to further internationalize their faculty and campuses in the process. Since 1996, Tecnológico de Monterrey has focused on the mission of “educating individuals who are committed to the social, economic and political improvement of their communities and who are internationally competitive in their areas of expertise.”
With this purpose the Tecnológico de Monterrey identified institutions recognized internationally as outstanding practitioners of the specific teaching-learning techniques that the Tecnológico had selected for its newly adopted educational model, and initiated “The Faculty Training Program on Learning Techniques.”
During the summer of 2000, the first group of faculty members -- drawn from most of the 33 campuses that make-up the Tecnológico de Monterrey -- attended training seminars at more than nine universities abroad, including: University of Maastricht (The Netherlands), for the study of Problem-Based Learning; Harvard University (United States) and University of Western Ontario (Canada), for the study of Case Analysis; and University of Texas at Austin (United States) and University of British Columbia (Canada), for the study of Collaborative Learning.
Faculty were trained in two consecutive summer programs. In the initial phase, the trainees attended the foreign universities to learn the methodology and implications of the various learning techniques to be implemented in their classrooms. At the close of their summer studies, they developed teaching materials integrating the recently acquired methodology to be used during the following academic terms. During a second training session, organized for the following summer period, faculty members returned for further training at the foreign university while reviewing and assessing the results of the year’s academic experience and implementation of the learning methodology. Over 3,300 groups are currently implementing these teaching-learning techniques benefiting a total of over 100,000 students.
Dr. Enrique Zepeda Bustos, Vice-President for International Affairs says, “It is worth noting that this human development project has reached well beyond the original intent of exclusively developing teaching abilities in our faculty members. Different former participants have reported substantial developments in their own international outlooks which they have been able to integrate not only back into their teaching practice but share with other faculty members and therefore spark their interest in other environments.”