MEIN Award – 4th Edition

The Inter-American Prize for Educational Innovation in Higher Education

Online – September 19th and 20th, 2022

The Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) and George Mason University (GMU) held the fourth edition of the Inter-American Award for Innovative Educational Models in Higher Education (MEIN-2022 Award) where successful cases or practices of educational innovation in our member institutions will be presented.

The 4th edition of the MEIN Award was held online, September 19-20, under the theme: “Sustainability, Scalability and Replicability in Higher Education Innovation”.

The organizers and promoters of this inter-American event recognize the work and commitment to improving higher education of all the institutions that participated in this fourth edition of the MEIN Award and appreciate their interest in sharing their achievements, mistakes and challenges to implement innovative initiatives that continue to transform our institutions and environment.

The Jury of the 4th edition decided to reward the following experiences:

  • 1st Place to Experience:

Extension and social innovation in the classroom, practical experience of the Project IV component of the Design Course at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Brazil

  • 2nd Place to Experience:

Cátedra Colaborativa, una experiencia educativa innovadora para la enseñanza en el campo de la psicología

Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina and Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina, Colombia

  • 3rd Place to Experience:

Ecosistema de Aprendizaje Abierto

Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

  • Honorable Mention for Experience:

Minor em Desafios Globais: O Estudo das Desigualdades enquanto Ferramenta de Inclusão na Internacionalização

Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

  • Honorable Mention for Experience:

Aprendizaje e Innovación Educativa. La Nueva Cartografía Educativa de la UPDS

Universidad Privada Domingo Savio, Bolivia

We thank all the participating teams and institutions for their enthusiasm and dedication in the work they carry out and their contribution to this edition of the MEIN Award, as well as the International Jury made up of an inter-American team of eight experts in higher education in 7 countries of the Americas, and who collaborated with great dedication and professionalism in evaluating the proposals.

Montreal time: UTC/GMT – 4 hours

​​ Monday, September 19 Tuesday, September 20
TIME ROOM 1 ROOM 2 ROOM 1 ROOM 2
 9:00 – 9:30 Conferencia Inaugural:Creativity as a Superpower – Transforming Education in Times of Conformity and Compliance

  • Dr. Supriya Baily, Professor, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University, USA
Escuela Preuniversitaria de Formación Profesional: “Una práctica educativa innovadora que la Universidad genera para la inclusión de todos y todas”Universidad Nacional de Hurlingham (Argentina) Olimpiadas e9: Formación integral en sostenibilidad a través de actividades lúdicas extracurricularesUniversidad Tecnológica Privada de Santa Cruz (Bolivia)
 9:30 – 10:00 Experience-Based Learning (ExBL): A Pedagogical Innovation in Course at UNOCHAPECÓUniversidade Comunitária da Região de Chapecó (Brasil) Políticas para la Replicabilidad de la Innovación Educativa por Medio del Modelo Pedagógico “Aula Al Parque”Fundación Universitaria Área Andina (Colombia)
10:00 – 10:30 Ecosistema de Aprendizaje AbiertoBenemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (México) Acompañamiento pedagógico, una estrategia para vincular la teoría y la práctica de forma significativaUniversidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador) Extension and social innovation in the classroom, practical experience of the Project IV component of the Design Course at Universidade Presbiteriana MackenzieUniversidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brasil) Optional Subject: Site Practice: ExperimentationsUniversidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brasil)
10:30 – 11:00 Sinergia de la red Universitaria (CUCEA, CUCBA, CUSUR)Universidad de Guadalajara (México) Clínicas de Asistencia Ambiental de la Universidad de La Frontera: Modelo de Aprendizaje Situado para la Formación Integral de Profesionales, Universidad de La Frontera (Chile) Minor em Desafios Globais: o estudo das desigualdades enquanto ferramenta de inclusão na internacionalizaçãoUniversidade Federal Fluminense (Brasil) Implementación de Aula Invertida a nivel de educación superior enfocado en el aprendizaje basado en proyectosUniversidad Metropolitana de Educación, Ciencia y Tecnología (Panamá)
11:00 – 11:30 (de)construct and occupy: reuse as a social aspect and propositional practiceUniversidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brasil) Cátedra Colaborativa, una experiencia educativa innovadora para la enseñanza en el campo de la psicologíaUniversidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina) Aprendizaje e Innovación Educativa la Nueva Cartografía Educativa de la UPDSUniversidad Privada Domingo Savio (Bolivia) Aprendizaje Basado en Desafíos para la Formación de Emprendedores Innovadores: INNOVATON Colombia-ArgentinaUniversidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Colombia)
11:30 – 12:00 BUAP modelo de aseguramiento de la calidad de programas educativos, inspiradora de transformaciones en la mejora continua de la educación superiorBenemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (México) Micromomentos pedagógicos: ¿cómo potenciar el aprendizaje colaborativo en programas de posgrado en línea?Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador) Green Business Talks: Glocalizing green business: intercultural education for the entrepreneurship and sustainable developmentUniversidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Colombia)

Creativity as a Superpower – Transforming Education in Times of Conformity and Compliance a cargo de la Doctora  Supriya Baily, Professor, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University, USA

Supriya Baily is an activist, a scholar, and an educator. Her work began while she was a teenager in India as a community organizer and leader.  Currently, she is Professor of Education at George Mason University, focusing the rise of nationalism in education as a social justice issue, the marginalization of girls and women in educational policy and practice, and the role of teacher education to address educational inequity. Prior to joining academia, she spent a decade working for development and social justice organizations cementing her lifelong interest to the better understand the processes of agency and voice that promote grassroots transformation in marginalized communities. She serves as the President of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).  She has co-edited four books, published numerous articles and book chapters, and has secured nearly $2m in collaborative grant partnerships.

SELECTED PROPOSALS

We appreciate the participation of our membership in the fourth edition of the MEIN Award, organized jointly with George Mason University (GMU). We received 38 experiences from 24 institutions in 8 countries of the Americas (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Panama).

The evaluation committee selected a total of 20 proposals that were invited to submit a full paper explaining the innovative practice and to present the experience before the international jury at the MEIN Award:

  1. Universidad Nacional de Hurlingham (Argentina): Escuela Preuniversitaria de Formación Profesional: “Una práctica educativa innovadora que la Universidad genera para la inclusión de todos y todas”.
  2. Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina): Cátedra Colaborativa, una experiencia educativa innovadora para la enseñanza en el campo de la psicología.
  3. Universidad Privada Domingo Savio (Bolivia): Aprendizaje e Innovación Educativa la Nueva Cartografía Educativa de la UPDS.
  4. Universidad Tecnológica Privada de Santa Cruz (Bolivia): Olimpiadas e9: Formación integral en sostenibilidad a través de actividades lúdicas extracurriculares.
  5. Universidade Comunitária da Região de Chapecó – Unochapecó (Brasil): Experience-Based Learning (ExBL): A Pedagogical Innovation in course at UNOCHAPECÓ.
  6. Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brasil): Minor in Global Challenges: Inequalities.
  7. Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brasil): Extension and social innovation in the classroom, practical experience of the Project IV component of the Design Course at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie.
  8. Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brasil): (de)construct and occupy: reuse as a social aspect and propositional practice.
  9. Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Brasil): Optional Subject: Site Practice: Experimentations.
  10. Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile): eGlobal Co-teaching UNAB: Programa Online de certificación internacional en Co-docencia.
  11. Universidad de La Frontera (Chile): Clínicas de Asistencia Ambiental de la Universidad de La Frontera: Modelo de Aprendizaje Situado para la Formación Integral de Profesionales.
  12. Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina (Colombia): Políticas para la Replicabilidad de la Innovación Educativa por Medio del Modelo Pedagógico “Aula Al Parque”.
  13. Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Colombia): Aprendizaje Basado en Desafíos para la Formación de Emprendedores Innovadores: INNOVATON Colombia-Argentina.
  14. Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Colombia): Green Business Talks: Glocalizing green business: intercultural education for the entrepreneurship and sustainable development.
  15. Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador): Acompañamiento pedagógico, una estrategia para vincular la teoría y la práctica de forma significativa.
  16. Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Ecuador): Micromomentos pedagógicos: ¿cómo potenciar el aprendizaje colaborativo en programas de posgrado en línea?
  17. Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (México): BUAP modelo de aseguramiento de la calidad de programas educativos, inspiradora de transformaciones en la mejora continua de la educación superior.
  18. Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (México): Ecosistema de Aprendizaje Abierto.
  19. Universidad de Guadalajara (México): Sinergia de la red Universitaria (CUCEA, CUCBA, CUSUR).
  20. Universidad Metropolitana de Educación, Ciencia y Tecnología – UMECIT (Panamá): Implementación de Aula Invertida a nivel de educación superior enfocado en el aprendizaje basado en proyectos.

THE JURIES

  • Esperanza Román-Mendoza, Professor of Spanish, George Mason University – GMU (USA).
  • Paulo Ivo Koehntopp, Executive director Associação Catarinense das Fundações Educacionais – ACAFE (Brasil).
  • Katalina Perera, Academic Director Consejo Nacional de Rectores – CONARE (Costa Rica).
  • Fernando Téllez, Dean – Facultad de Ciencias Administrativas Económicas y Financieras, Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina – FUAA (Colombia).
  • Altagracia López F., Coordinator Centro de Innovación en Educación Superior, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo – INTEC (República Dominicana).
  • Salvador Hernández Castro, Management and Development Secretary, Universidad de Guanajuato (México).
  • María Mercedes Callejas Restrepo, Dean – Facultad de Ciencias Ambientales y de la Sostenibilidad; Directora de la Maestría en Educación Ambiental, Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales – UDCA (Colombia).
  • Marlene Gutiérrez Urzúa, Director Programa de Formación Fundamental, Universidad de Talca (Chile).

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONTEST

  • The contest is open to all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that are members of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE)
  • The educational innovation experience must be current at the time of submitting to the contest.
  • The call will be made in two stages: the presentation of abstracts (Stage 1), in which a short list of experiences or projects will be selected whose authors will be invited to send the complete proposal (Stage 2) and present it in front of the international jury.
  • The Jury will select the three best experiences or projects presented. Likewise, the Jury may award Honorable Mentions to those experiences that, due to their quality and impact, they consider relevant to the objectives of the Award.
  • An electronic publication will be made with all the cases or experiences presented to the jury.
  • Participation in the 4th edition of the MEIN Award has no registration cost for the participating HEIs.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The experiences will be evaluated taking into account the following criteria:

  • Description of the experience
  • Justification and Relevance
  • Objectives
  • Impact
  • Innovation
  • Relationship and contribution to the selected thematic axis of the call
  • Learned lessons

CONTEST THEMES

The 4th edition of the MEIN Award will address the following thematic axes: Sustainability, scalability and replicability in innovation in higher education:

       Sustainability (leadership, policy)

  • Overcome the barriers that prevent institutions from getting involved in sustainable innovative development efforts.
  • Identify policies that support sustainable educational innovation.
  • Strategies, at the individual or institutional level, to sustain innovative research-based projects after the initial funding period has ended.

       Scalability (infrastructure, investment, associations)

  • Design considerations that enable effective implementation when innovative technology-based educational projects are scaling.
  • Creation of associations and alliances that promote flexible and effective educational innovations.
  • Appropriate financing and investment strategies for scalable educational projects.
  • Impact of reward and recognition systems to drive scalable innovations.

       Replicability (design, content and ethical issues, impact)

  • Strategies that support the use of open educational resources (OER), including studies on attitudes towards the creation and reuse of OER.
  • Ethical aspects of digital innovation and its relevance when trying to replicate educational innovation in new contexts or on a large scale.
  • Policies that promote the replicability of educational innovation at the unit, program and institution level.
  • Designs that have included longitudinal impact data demonstrating successful replication.

IMPORTANT DATES

Activity Deadline
Submission of abstracts 15 July, 2022
Selection of abstracts (Stage 1) 29 July, 2022
Submission of full papers (Stage 2) 2 September, 2022
MEIN Award Competition 19-20 September, 2022
Publication of works 30 November, 2022

The MEIN Award is an initiative promoted by the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) that seeks to promote knowledge, dissemination and exchange of innovative educational trends and practices implemented in HEIs across the continent. Since 2016, three MEIN Award editions have been held in the Dominican Republic (MEIN Award 2016), Colombia (MEIN Award 2018) and Mexico (MEIN Award 2020) which have engaged more than 116 IOHE member HEIs in 16 countries of the continent.

The fourth edition of the MEIN Award is co-organized with the Center for International Education (CIE) and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) at George Mason University. The Center for International Education undertakes research that addresses issues of social injustice and inequity worldwide by designing and implementing research and development projects in PK-University settings. Further, it supports educator’s capacity for teaching and learning by connecting international scholars, developing international mindedness and intercultural competence through our professional learning and affiliated degree programs. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is at the center of the multilingual and global community that distinguishes George Mason University. From basic language offerings to undergraduate and graduate courses in linguistics, literature, and cultural studies, MCL’s integrated, technology-enhanced curriculum fuses students’ acquisition of linguistic proficiency with their development of cultural knowledge, critical thinking, and ethics.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletteremail

Subscribe to the newsletter

Contact

7077 Avenue du Parc, suite 2043
Montréal, Québec, Canada
H3N 1X7
(+1) 514-343-6980