Can you share your heart with a college campus? Sure you can. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with administrators, faculty, and staff at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico to learn about their mission, and and their tremendous passion for sharing knowledge!
Here are some highlights, and please know that I am only capturing a fraction of what I am experiencing.
Tec has 31 campuses across Mexico (including a few “university high schools”). The campuses serve nearly 99,000 students! “Monterrey Tec” is the largest, http://www.itesm.mx/wps/portal?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=
- Observatorio de Innovacion Educativa del Tecnológico de Monterrey (Observatory for Education Innovation), http://www.observatorioedu.com/. The work is described as “curated media synthesis,” and the group, described as the “competitive intelligence unit,” works together like “command central” for the university to collect information about teaching and innovation from all over the world! It was exciting to be in that space, and just being in the room makes you want to soak up as much knowledge as possible. You can read their content and products in Spanish or English: http://www.observatoryedu.com/
- El Centro para el Desarrollo Docente y la Innovación Educativa (CEDDIE) (Center for Faculty Development and Education Innovation), http://ceddie.rzo.itesm.mx/ceddie/.
- Knowledge should be free! Coursera courses taught by Tec: https://www.coursera.org/tecdemonterrey. It was a pleasure to discuss teaching and learning with UNESCO Chair in Open Educational Resources, Dr. María Soledad Ramírez Montoya, Math Professor Dr. Patricia Salinas Martínez, and their colleagues. They teach 15,000-20,000 students in their Coursera MOOCs, and are contributing to knowledge access in Latin America in unprecedented ways.
- CETEC: Centro de Tecnología Avanzada para la Producción (CETEC). This is the college of engineering and technology, and they have some wonderful advanced projects, and are fully dedicated to design, real-world styled labs, innovative teaching approaches, and teacher-coaches.
There were many other impressive initiatives, but above all, I really connected to their mission of “Human Sense,” making sure that all students develop a sense of community through dedicated service, understanding of cultures, and attention to integrity. I’ll write more about Tec in the future. Many thanks to my colleague and friend, Dr. Jaime Bonilla Rios, Dean of Engineering at Monterrey Tec for the invitation, and congratulations on all of the great advancements!