“To prepare and to teach a practical and interactive class looking for real cases.”

Professor Maria Luisa Lankenau Caballero holds a Master’s degree in Management of Information Technologies from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey Campus and majored with honors in Management of Computing Systems from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey Campus, too. She is specialized in models for the use of technology in the learning processes and in the follow up in teaching courses for quality assurance.

She has taught subjects and extension courses in programming, as well as courses related to the use of technology and information systems for business in Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey Campus. She has also been a tutor for the online course Information Technologies Management at the TecMilenio University for several semesters and has taught on line courses in Computer Sciences for Engineering.

Besides teaching, Professor Lankenau has participated in several projects for the development of models and on line courses for different organizations: Médica Sur (Mexico, D.F.), Sena University (Colombia), ALAPSI, the National Council for the Economic Development of Victoria City (COMUDE); CONACYT, where she coordinated the development of virtual courses), ICASA, and the Nuevo León Institute of Technology, (ITNL), where she taught the on line course of Language C++, among others.

At present, she is the coordinator in charge of designing and improving courses for the Talent Institute, and for so she administrates the technological platform.

The class topics through real cases

In accordance with Professor Lankenau’s experience, the use of in class allows her to make it practical and interactive; “We look for resources on Internet during class time to cover the course topics; the course is based on the case method; thus, we always look for real cases.”

An important part of the learning we want to develop in our students is that they know how to find resources easily since it is always kind of difficult. Thus, with the tool, the search has become easier. “A teacher told me about this tool and I began to use it. I discovered there were appropriate resources for my class, which is why I decided to include the use of the tool in my course,” pointed out Professor Lankenau.

The material found in the catalogue, according to Professor Lankenau, is very enriching. You can find cases that deal with the experience of directors that participated in the implantation of business systems. Some of them were successful while there were others that were not. This allows the student to see both sides of an issue in regards to what he is studying. Professor Lankenau comments, “I told them to look for successful and unsuccessful cases; that is, cases about all the problems they had when implanting the systems. I thought it was of great value because they were real cases.”

Two definite benefits of the use of

The tool brings great benefits. Professor Lankenau pointed out two important benefits: the safety of the resources and the copyright.

Since the resources have been validated and recommended by an expert, they are safe to use however the professor needs them. “The main benefit is that it gives me the confidence that the resources have been validated, that I know that an expert in the field has recommended them and that it does not mean that we are looking for resources just for the sake of doing so, but that we are looking for topics that are relevant to the course,” said Professor Lankenau.

“Copyright is another relevant benefit. When you use the catalogue, it gives you the confidence that the resources can be used without any problems of copyright; since they are open educational resources provided by universities worldwide and experts recommend them, the problem of copyright vanishes,” commented Professor Lankenau. “What I like best is that students can use the resources without any problem.”

The importance that a larger number of professors use

Professor Lankenau is aware of the potential the tool has when incorporated as an academic resource. “It is important that more teachers participate system wide in Tecnológico de Monterrey and that they share their resources; they might already have them, it would only be necessary that they share and recommend them,” she said.

“I would recommend teachers to use because they can find real and updated material for the courses they are teaching. It makes it real and they are associated with the topics within a current setting, thus making learning significant.” Professor Lankenau concluded by saying that it was important to share every teacher’s experience for the rest to feel the need to use the tool.