A Model to Build an Intercultural Professional Learning Community in a Latin American Higher Education Network: The “Value Cycle” Using Web 2.0

A Model to Build an Intercultural Professional Learning Community in a Latin American Higher Education Network: The “Value Cycle” Using Web 2.0

Piergiuseppe Ellerani (University of Salento, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5876-9.ch001
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Abstract

This chapter concerns the research project carried out in a confederation of Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) in seven Latin American countries. Considering the intercultural background of IHE, the universities defined a new profile of their teachers and other human resources by setting up a new model of teaching and learning based on a “learning process” and shifting the paradigm of learning to “centered teaching.” In this chapter, three characteristics of this process are presented: the first one refers to the profile built as the “product” of an Intercultural Community of Thought; the second one refers to a participatory process, called “the value cycle,” as a working model that allows one to co-construct profiles of university teachers, administrative staff, and human resources staff; the third one presents the tools and the technologies using both of them (Personal and Social Virtual Learning Environment based on Web 2.0, the Human Resource Management Tool, Video-Research, E-Portfolio). The project, carried out through action-research, defines a shared idea of the quality of teaching, a research based and supported by tools, that allows teacher self-assessment as well as the possibility to monitor the quality of universities and to develop plans for continuous improvements by building a community of learning. Qualitative and quantitative studies' data are given.
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Which new profile of teachers for intercultural universities? Which organization to develop participation and learning community in an intercultural context? What forms to involve human resources in their improvement?

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