Virtual and In-Person Course on Pedagogical Skills in Performance Practices at National Institute of Public Health/School of Public Health of Mexico

The COVID-19 pandemic led to the National Institute of Public Health and to the School of Public Health of Mexico (INSP/ESPM) to transition face-to-face classes to online classes, which has posed a new experience for faculty and students. In doing this, the Academic Secretariat established a series of short and mid-term strategies to guide faculty in this new education challenge: 1) Create a materials repository and support resources; 2) Participation in the Coursera for Campus initiative; 3) Detect technical and pedagogical training needs; 4) To establish a training strategy for faculty and students.

For this latter strategy, the “Course on pedagogical skills in virtual and in-person teaching performance practices” was created, which was designed and developed based on the results of two surveys conducted to detect faculty and student community needs.
The course will start on Aug. 3, 2020 and aims to guide professors in the pedagogical skills development to create favorable learning environments; design and operate didactic plans focused on competences development through active methodologies, as well as the use of formative evaluation and systematize their virtual and face-to-face teaching performance practices.

The course is composed by four learning modules: 1) Virtual education and learning environments; 2) Didactic planning: competencies and active methodologies; 3) Assessment of learning; 4) Systematization of my teaching practice. Each module will last 30 hours for a total of 120.

The course’s theoretical base is constructivism since ESPM assumed this educational model to guide its postgraduate academic programs. For this reason, many of the activities to be developed will be guided by the faculty's narratives about what happens in the classroom, in virtual or face-to-face modalities, in order to reflect from that space, what is done and what they can do.

his training and updating proposal is visualized as a collaborative project in which active faculty participation is required, not only as recipients of the training, but as individuals who contribute knowledge and experiences.

With these actions, ESPM reaffirms its commitment to maintain a teaching staff that has the necessary tools to offer students, qualified academic programs to train the workforce of the Mexican health system.