After a day of work in discussion forums in the Virtual Classroom, synchronous activities were resumed with two panels moderated by Dr. Gerardo Blanco, CIHE Academic Director.
First, Joel Edgardo Vélez Colón, Executive Director of the Institutional Office for International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and Adrián Arroyo, Associate Director for Faculty Affairs at the Academic Vice President at the University of Arizona, shared their experiences about of the resumption of face-to-face and distance international cooperation.
In his presentation, the Mtro. Vélez-Colón spoke about the strategies that were carried out before the pandemic and how they changed after it, both at PUCPR and at the Organization of Catholic Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean, in addition to offering a look at the future.
On his part, Dr. Arroyó highlighted the need to focus on the characteristics of the institution in which one works when thinking about new processes or strategies. He emphasized the importance of relationships, and of international collaboration in research since the pandemic.
In the second panel: Challenges and opportunities in COIL from practice, Dr. Beverly Barrett, Assistant Professor at the Cameron School of Business and Accreditation Coordinator at the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Aribel Contreras, academic from the Department of Business Studies at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, and Dr. Luis Barroso, Associate Professor at the School of Business at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla.
The experts shared their experience in the design and development of a COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) course between the University of St. Thomas, Houston (USA) and the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (Mexico), and explained to the 45 attendees how was the operation of this summer course. In addition to the advantages that this enriching experience presents, and the challenges and difficulties they encountered.
Dr. Barroso narrated how the initiative arose, going through the process of analysis and creation; in addition to talking about the possibilities of future collaborations in this modality.
On the other hand, Dr. Barret and Dr. Contreras, who were teachers of this training activity, transmitted how the course was developed and what its content was.
Finally, the panelists explained the results and the feedback from the students of both institutions.