“To develop in students their critical abilities to handle information, seeking to foster an innovative learning context”

Professor Nazareth Téllez holds an undergraduate degree diploma in International Business from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Toluca Campus; an MBA with specialization in European Markets from the University of Alcalá de Henares; and Masters in Economics of International Tourism from the Université Toulousse I.

She has been a Business Tutor in the Company Incubator of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Hidalgo Campus. She is a certified tutor for Export Business Plans in Bancomext. She has served as an Export Manager in Química Apollo, S.A. de C.V. in Toluca, State of México, and as an Assistant in Imports and Exports at Baby Creysi Group in Toluca, too.

Since 2003 she has been a part-time teacher of International Business on the Hidalgo Campus of Tecnológico de Monterrey. She has taught the courses of International Negotiations, International Commercialization Strategies, Fundamentals of Exports, and International Business Settings. She has also taught the following subjects in the Business Department: Administration, Administrative Planning Systems, Entrepreneurial Development, Pre-incubation, Incubation I and Incubation II.

The previous design of the activity and setting objectives are essential.

Professor Téllez comments that has been an extraordinary means to support the development of the outside of the classroom activities. These help to use and deepen the theoretical part reviewed in the teaching process. Particularly, since this information has been supported by a knowledgeable expert, it makes the student feel confident and it enriches his learning process, because these are tools designed for this objective.

“In some cases, the student is in charge of looking for and using the resources of his choice from the portal. The student will use those resources he finds useful to do the required assignments. This helps the student to become more critical and selective of the information he finds,” commented Professor Téllez.

From her educational experience, Professor Téllez said that in most cases, she uses specific resources for specific assignments; thus, she enhances the importance of having this kind of resources since she always shows them in a particular activity. “In both cases, the previous design of an activity and the specification of the objective to achieve are essential to really take advantage of the tool; otherwise, it would just become another information search engine,” she added.

Using the tool as the main source of information search

In general, the resources available in the catalogue are updated and have didactic purposes. The catalogue has specific information previously checked on specific topics. It is easy to use the portal; there is a great variety of topics which have been analyzed from different perspectives. They have also been given a grade; the grade suggests how important the resource is in the view of experts of the Institute. It is also important to highlight that in most cases, these pursue the same approach one has. Professor Téllez comments; “Having the summaries of what the links have gives you the opportunity to know if the resource has the approach you need; hence, you save a lot of time. Besides, the analysis scope of the information generated in other parts of the world allows a larger perspective of what was covered in class.”

The main objective Professor Tellez pursues is that the student uses the tool as the main source of search for information and make him a critical, non-traditional information searcher who demands quality and back up.

Innovation in teaching creates innovation in results

Having safe information, ease to use, assortment of topics, diversity in the type of resources presented, and the availability of documents created by professors of other universities allow seeing the topics from different perspectives, according to Professor Tellez’ experience while using the catalogue.

On account of her experience, she acknowledges the importance that other professors use the catalogue of educational resources and benefit of this educational tool, “You should use this tool in class. I consider you can enrich your activities a lot and above all diversify your way of working. It makes your students walk away from traditional execution means and to get acquainted with new ways of researching and analyzing.”

According to Professor Téllez, being successful in creating awareness in students about the kind of information they consult and the assurance the backed up information can provide, information which has been validated by institutions renowned worldwide, gives the satisfaction of achieving in them a transformation of more critical and evaluative people of the information they can reach. She concludes by saying that students are change agents, reason why innovation in teaching should generate innovation in results.