THE UNIVERSITY LEARNING NETWORK OF THE NATIONAL AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF MEXICO
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (MEXICO)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2014 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Conference name: 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 17-19 November, 2014
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is one of the most important Spanish-speaking, by the size of the community it serves and the quality and diversity of services provided. The main figures describing their work, ranging from teaching at the high school level to national leadership in research may be seen in its statistical agenda 1. We can cite, as an example, the number of students served in the school year 2013-2014 (337.763), and their distribution according to educational level: 27.210 graduate students, 196.565 undergraduate, 113.179 high school and 809 technical level belonging to the National School of Music. We can also mention the number of teachers and researchers composing the academic staff (38.067) of which 27.321 are attached to Colleges and Schools, 6.012 belong to the high school system and 4.241 to research centers and institutes. The rest performs various other functions.
This community of students and scholars produces a large amount of information that is hosted in the UNAM's computing infrastructure in a digital format. The UNAM.mx domain has more than three million pages.
An important task is, thus, organize that huge number of resources, having different characteristics, to make them useful to students and scholars of the UNAM, and also to anyone to which this resource might be useful.
The UNAM has created the University Learning Network (RUA) http://www.rua.unam.mx/ which is currently in its beta version, to let these resources be available, linked to the curriculum and with a teaching approach. Contents are generated or selected, by teachers of the educational level at which they will be used. The RUA lets students use, other resources, such as the possibility that they can see their teacher's personal pages.
By the beginning of this school year, the RUA will start formal activities with resources available for 30 subjects in the high school level and 41 undergraduate subjects.
In an effort of this magnitude are involved many other activities, such as improving computing infrastructure for colleges and schools, and create teacher's training programs. The UNAM is taking action to modernize the computing facilities in the high school system and training its teachers.
Today, the main issue for improving the quality of education, by means of educational resources in digital format is not only their creation, but also their qualification, documentation, ease access and directions on how to use them. This are the tasks in which UNAM's RUA is working.