The objective of the iScience Program is to increase the appropriation of knowledge (know, know-how, know how to be, know how to live together) in the area of Sciences, promoting training in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). In science, it is possible to foster 21st century competencies with an emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking and the development of research skills.
The strategy focuses on facilitating and accompanying the learning process of students, as well as the integration and application of science in technological areas.
To carry out this process, it is necessary to apply and use active methodologies that allow students to promote, acquire and/or consolidate interdisciplinary skills necessary for their comprehensive education.
The program combines workshops and face-to-face activities with short online and self-managed courses on EDU platform (Open-edX) and UTEC Moodle, promoting the implementation of Flipped Learning, Design Thinking and PBL models, which integrate blended learning and involve virtual access to classes and digital learning resources. The use of virtual platforms encourages self-learning, the development of digital competence and the ethical and responsible management of information, seeking to diversify the communication channels between teachers and students.
Face-to-face classes are designed and promoted for collaborative work, with the aim of putting concepts into practice and generating student autonomy through the use of new educational technologies. In these cases, the teacher assumes the role of guide and facilitator of learning for the use of resources and tools to build new knowledge, placing the student at the center of the learning process.
Melody García - iScience Program Leader
Paula Enciso - Associate Professor of Chemistry
Sofía Horjales - Associate Professor of Biology
Jorge Gutiérrez - Associate Professor of Physics
Maicon Altnetter - Associate Professor of Mathematics