"Fostering positive attitudes as well as improving teaching capabilities and skills”

Patricia Maldonado Pérez holds a master’s degree in Social Communication from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. She has done several specialized courses in art history and journalism.

She worked as a reporter of printed and electronic media and in the press release offices in Guadalajara, Morelia, Mexico, D.F. and Toluca (Ocho Columnas, Radiorama, La Voz de Michoacán, Televisa, PGR and Profeco).

Since 1998 she has worked for Grupo ACIR, in Toluca, State of Mexico. She has been a reporter, Editor in Chief, News Editor, and at present she is an anchor of news programs.

She is a part-time professor in the Communication and Humanities Department at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Toluca Campus. Since 2002 she has taught the courses of Journalism Genres.

Educational resources opened to all educational fields

According to Professor Maldonado’s experience, participating by suggesting new learning resources and materials from the catalogue caused uncertainty in her at the beginning, but later, fascination. “With this multilingual system, the professor sharpens his intellectual abilities because he reads, discovers, reflects, associates, researches, creates and projects as he cultivates his field of knowledge,” she said.

She emphasizes that the open educational resources (REA) simplify and foster educational innovation since they are practical, for all the educational areas, updated and of any kind. “There are unimaginable resources that propose teaching with poetry.”

The educational tool favors the teaching learning process.

“The catalogue is an endless source of educational resources in face of the incessant educational globalization. It permanently tracks, chooses, and classifies full courses, material for courses, content modules, learning objectives, text books, multimedia materials (text, sound, video, images, animations), exams, compilations, periodicals (newspapers and journals), and more”, points out Professor Maldonado. is the option to escalate the teaching learning process.

“In areas like mine, Journalism, there are valuable resources such as updated studies and research; forums and interviews that examine associations and particulars in their daily and strategic activities. They provide food for thought in the classroom, material to debate and make formal proposals, in opposition to the monotony of listening to the professor lecturing,” she said.

Educational resources to modernize courses

Professor Maldonado is convinced that the catalogue will place the educational search engine as the most visited one since it is a project of great potential for the positive attitude instilled in professors; besides, it improves the educational capabilities and skills using top-notch technology. For this reason, Professor Maldonado knows the importance that other professors use the tool as an aid for their courses and watch for themselves the benefits they will obtain from it.

“I have invited my peers to know the platform during a meeting held prior to coming back to school; I told them that they will find original educational resources used by the main universities worldwide, such as the MIT. With this, they can modernize their courses.”