“Educational resources and materials by language, by topic, or by discipline…in just one place”

Professor Ramona Fuentes majored in Engineering in Computer Sciences from the Baja California’s Autonomous University; and she holds a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Morelos Campus.

She served as a professor and tenure researcher B at the Engineering Institute of Baja California’s Autonomous University and as a Coordinator of Systems Engineering and of the Master’s in Systems Engineering Sciences at the Engineering Institute of Baja California’s Autonomous University.

She has taught courses at the Tecnológico de Baja California, in the School of Engineering and at the Engineering Institute of Baja California’s Autonomous University.

At present, she is a professor of different courses at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Cuernavaca Campus, at both high school and college levels.

Enriching the activities in the subjects is much faster and dynamic

According to Professor Fuentes’ experience, the use of becomes easy because of the way the information contained is organized, having a search engine that allows establishing the guidelines of the material sought is very useful; besides, it gives the characteristics of each one of them, the date in which the resource was uploaded, the name of the professor who suggested it, the grade given by the auditors, and results among other bits of information.

There are many databases that provide information about a specific topic and that could be useful for the courses. Some databases are generic, others are more specialized.

Professor Fuentes said, “The catalogue has information that is being used in different courses of different universities worldwide. This makes our experience about a problem, topic, simulation, even diagnostic evaluations be more enriching.” She adds, “The resources chosen have been selected by professors coming from different areas of knowledge and have been classified according to the type of resource, the level of participants -high school, college or graduate- and if it is material for the student or for the professor, among others.

The use of the information is for academic purposes and for free use

The tool is available for the academic community to share and is supported by highly prestigious universities. In this sense, the corresponding reference to copyright should be made since the authors have made available a great number of resources whose end is the student’s academic growth.

“The evaluation about the resources being or not useful for our courses depends on each one of us, on how we want to use them, on how we can adopt and adapt them to our courses, on how we evaluate them to be actually used and not let them lie as another reference of the course,” said Professor Fuentes.

The fact that there are different ways of classifying the information in is important since it allows to delimit the best way to search for it, and the fact that there is a brief description of what the resource is about gives you an idea of the kind of material you are looking for. Professor Fuentes says, “Having other teachers’ comments, teachers who have adopted the resources and the results they obtained or the way they used them is enriching to choose the material for our own courses.”

Planning activities using the available material in

The process of exploring to evaluate what is useful for the different courses is pretty simple in Professor Fuentes’ view. You just have to give yourself some time to know it, to introduce it, to reference it to your courses and to plan activities around the material found there.

Professor Fuentes said, “This educational tool opens the door to access a great amount of material we have already validated. We only have to make the decision of using it or putting it aside and continue doing the same things in our courses, without innovating, improving, or keeping up with the times.”

She concluded, “There is a lot to explore in this portal and much more to use in our courses. The only thing left is to be curious and to explore it and exploit it appropriately, using the material that best suits the contents in each one of our courses.”